Near Allentown, PA Under-Water Blast Kills Diver, July 1960


Allentown (AP) -- A pair of teen-agers wearing diving apparatus plunged into a water-filled rock quarry pit Wednesday night to investigate an underwater cave. One boy was killed when a homemade magnesium flare he was carrying exploded.
The victim was ALBERT W. SCHMIDT, 18, of Lansdale. His companion, PAUL A. ESHBACH, 17, also of Lansdale, escaped unhurt.
He told police the two, wearing SCUBA (self contained underwater breathing apparatus) gear, had with flashlights discovered a cave about 40 feet below the surface of the water in Felix's Quarry and were making a second dive to explore it.

The Daily Record Stroudsburg Pennsylvania 1960-07-07