Industry, PA Firecracker and Powder Explosion, Jul 1890


Fifty Pounds of Powder Explode with Terrible Results.

A bag containing fifty pounds of powder exploded in AUGUST SMITH'S grocery store at Industry, Penn., near Scott Haven, completely wrecking the building and injuring seven children. The explosion was caused by sparks from a firecracker which exploded prematurely in the hands of AUGUST SMITH, JR., age fourteen. The store was a resort for children, and at the time of the accident a large number were present firing crackers.
Young SMITH'S body was burned to a crisp, and he was otherwise terribly mangled. Five of the seven victims of the explosion have died. Their names are AUGUST SMITH, age fourteen; his sister MARY, age two; GEORGE and WILLIE KAHLER, ages respectively eight and six, and JOHN BRENNAN, age ten years.
EMMA SMITH, aged nine, and CHARLIE SHAW, aged eight, the other victims, will recover. The father of young BRENNAN is crazed with grief, and tried to kill SMITH, the owner of the building where the powder was stored.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1890-07-11