Ardmore, OK Gasoline Explosion, Sept 1915



ARDMORE, Okla., Sept. 28 - The death list in the gasoline explosion here was raised to fifty when the bodies of four unidentified negroes were found in the wreckage of a building on Main street about noon.

The death list is growing hourly as mangled and charred corpses are dragged form ruined buildings. There are over 200 injured in local hospitals and private homes. Five of these died during the night and it is reported that many more can live but a few hours.

Thirty-five bodies were recovered last night. Six more were taken from a wrecked pool hall near the scene of the explosion early today, where seven other bodies were found last night.

Bodies of four unidentified negroes were found at noon.

Witnesses were found today who declared there were two big explosions. This was borne out by the fact that there was a large quantity of dynamite stored in the demolished freight shed. A second detonation following immediately after the first is believed to have resulted from the ignition of the dynamite. It developed today that there was but one workman employed in repairing the tank car in the Santa Fe railroad yards, when a spark from his hammer ignited the gasoline and resulted in an explosion as terrific as an equal quantity of dynamite. The workman was Ira Woods, employed by a refinery company. Bits of his body were found many yards from the scene of the explosion. The workman who was supposed to have been helping Woods left the car for a few minutes and escaped injury.   Continued >>

A railroad car containing casing gas exploded, killing 45 people and destroying much of downtown. -
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