Eldred, PA Powder Plant Explosion, Oct 1939

FIVE KILLED IN POWDER PLANT EXPLOSION IN PENNSYLVANIA.

EXPLOSION HEARD FOR MANY MILES AROUND.

Eldred, Pa., Oct. 18 -- An explosion in a mixing building of the National Powder Co. plant here today killed five employes and shook the district for miles around.
The explosion, at about 8:50 A.M., occurred in a stone building used as a mixing plant and the five reported killed were working in this building at the time.
While the force of the blast did considerable damage in the area, early reports indicated that the entire plant, which employed about 45, was not destroyed.
The company's offices are at Duke Center, seven miles from here, while the plant at which the explosion occurred is located half a mile north of Eldred. Spectators were kept away from the plant after the explosion.
Those killed were reported to be:
JOHN THOMAS DEVLING, Eldred.
CLAIR WISE, Eldred.
MERLE G. ELDRIGE, Portville, N.Y.
CYRIL WELTON LEWIS, Emporium.
LEO LEROY DAVIS, Portville, N.Y.
ELDRIDGE is said to be the son of the publisher of the Eldred Eagle, weekly newspaper.
The fact that the building in which the blast let go was made of stone, prevented any fire later.
One of the largest in this area, the National Plant manufactures various types of high explosives, most of which were used to shoot in oil wells in this district.
So terrific was the explosion that it was heard for miles around. The blast was heard distinctly in Duke Center, seven miles from here.

Chronicle Telegram Elyria Ohio 1939-10-18