Pottsville, PA Colliery Gas Explosion, May 1889


Pottsville, Pa., May 4. -- A destructive gas explosion occurred at the Beechwood colliery yesterday. The fire boss neglected to put up the "caution board" at the entrance of an abandoned gangway in which gas had accumulated.
JAMES NOLAN, who was making repairs, knowing that the fire boss had passed, and seeing no danger signal up, entered the gangway with a naked lamp. The flame of the lamp caused a terrible explosion. NOLAN was blown against the rocks and sustained fatal injuries. Two miners named LEWIS and SWEENEY were dragged out of the shaft unconscious, but were not seriously injured. Considerable damage was done to the property.

Salem Daily News Ohio 1889-05-04