Pottsville, PA Coal Mine Explosion Kills Four, Sep 1930

POTTSVILLE MINE SCENE OF BLAST; FOUR ARE DEAD.

BURNS ON TWO INJURED MEN LEAD OFFICIALS TO BELIEVE THAT POWDER MAY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR DETONATION, ALTHOUGH OTHER POSSIBLE CAUSES ARE CONSIDERED; PROBE TO BE UNDERTAKEN.

By the Associated Press.
Pottsville, Pa., Sept. 17 - Four miners were killed and two were injured today in an explosion in the Sherman Coal Company mine in this city as the day and night shifts were being changed. Three of the bodies were recovered and the fourth was buried under a mound of debris in the Skidmore vein.
The dead were:
MAX SABOLUSKIE, 43, of Minersville;
CHESTER COVENY, of Mechanicsville;
JOSEPH LENINGER, 32, of Tremont;
and JOSEPH WEIDO, of Pottsville.
The injured who were brought to a local hospital where their condition was said to be critical, are Saboluskie's 22-year-old son, LEO SABOLUSKIE, and EDWARD TOBIAS, of Tremont. All were members of the day shift.

Gas Fills Shaft.
Immediately following the explosion, the shaft was so filled with noxious gases that rescuers could not gain admittance for almost an hour and then only with gas masks. The bodies of Saboluskie, Coveny, and Leninger were recovered and the two injured men were taken to the hospital. Some time later the body of Weido, who had been reported as missing, was found under a pile of debris and it was announced that his body could not be recovered until the debris is removed.
Mine officials said they were puzzled by the blast and did not know whether it was a gas explosion or a powder shot. They are planning to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the blast.

Suffer Fractures.
The injured men were suffering from fractures and powder burns. Coveny was the only unmarried man among the fatalities. His two brothers were uninjured in the explosion.
The mine is under the city of Pottsville and its mouth is at South Center Street. The Skidmore vein in which the explosion occurred is under the northwest portion of this city at a depth of 150 feet below the river level.

Scranton Republican Pennsylvania 1930-09-18