Punxsutawney, PA House Explosion, Jun 1904
Woman and Child Injured by an Explosion.
While attempting to burn a flue out with minersâ€™ powder, Mrs. John Bologne, of Florence mine, near Punxsutawney, Pa., was the victim of an explosion, which may kill her and her 18-month-old child.
Mrs. Bologne took the powder from a four-gallon can and after placing some of it in the stove pipe set fire to it, thinking it would clear the flue. A slight explosion followed which threw sparks into the can, when a second explosion occurred which wrecked the house and blew the woman and baby out through the door and several feet away from the building. The womanâ€™s clothing was on fire when two neighbors came to her assistance. While they were trying to assist Mrs. Bologne a second can of powder exploded and they were badly burned.
The Indiana Democrat, Indiana, PA 8 Jun 1904