Wilkes-Barre, PA Nottingham Mines Explosion, Jun 1915


As the result of an explosion in the Nottingham colliery of the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coat Company this morning, four men were seriously burned and all were taken to the Mercy Hospital. The victims are:

Peter Burlick, aged 21, Mill street, Plymouth.
James Resue, aged 53, Davenport street, Plymouth.
Charles Litz, aged 40, North Walnut street, Plymouth.
John Romonovsky, aged 25, West Shawnee avenue.

The cause of the accident was due to one of the employees carrying a naked lamp and igniting a pocket of gas. The first three named are frightfully burned about the hands, face, and body, while Romonovsky escaped with slight burns on the hands.

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA 22 Jun 1915



Colliery at Wilkes-Barre Scene of Disaster---Fourth Man Hurt Will Recover

Special to The Inquirer.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa., June 22.---Three men were perhaps fatally burned and another quite seriously burned by an explosion of gas in the Nottingham colliery of the Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company today. The injured are:

James Reese, aged 60, miner, burned about face, body and arms; condition critical.
Peter Buschick, aged 21, a laborer, burned about face and body, condition critical.
Charles Litz, aged 40, a minor[sic], burned about body, head, face and arms, condition critical.
John Romanosky aged 25, a laborer, burned about face and body, will recover.

The men worked on the No. 4 slope, where gas accumulations have been frequent. Orders were that all employes[sic] use the safety lamps in that section of the mine. Just how the explosion was caused is not known, but it is believed that one of the men lighted his pipe with a match and that the naked blaze touched off a pocket of gas.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 23 Jun 1915

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