Seattle, WA Boiler Explosion Kills One, Apr 1901

WAS KILLED BY A BOILER EXPLOSION.

WORKMAN BURIED AT THE BOTTOM OF A SHAFT -- TONS OF FLYING IRON FILLED THE AIR.

Seattle, Wash., April 29. -- A boiler explosion and the caving in of the sides of a shaft 30 feet in depth in the bottom of which he was working, caused the death of GUS TWOMBLY, an employe of the Seattle and King County Oil Company, at its works south of town at 11 o'clock this morning.
The unfortunate man was working at the bottom of the shaft, when there was a terrific explosion, the force of which was felt at a distance of half a mile. In an instant TWOMBLY was covered with nearly eight feet of earth. When the dirt was removed, life was extinct.
Pieces of the boiler were scattered everywhere and the main part, weighing about two tons, was thrown 30 feet. The fire box, a huge piece or iron and steel weighing about 1,000 pounds, was lifted into the air and blown over the roofs of two houses, and finally crashed in its way through the roof of a barn nearly 1,200 feet away from the scene of the accident.

Anaconda Standard Montana 1901-04-30