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Anniston, AL Terrible Boiler Explosion, Jan 1903

A BAD BOILER EXPLOSION.

SIX KILLED AND TWENTY INJURED -- SOME OF THEM FATALLY.

HUMAN BEINGS BLOWN THROUGH THE AIR SIXTY FEET -- CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION NOT KNOWN.

Anniston, Ala., January 28. -- The large boiler in the foundry of the Southern Car and Foundry company blew up this morning, killing six persons and injuring probably twenty, some of whom may die.
The dead:
THOMAS BIRCH, pipe fitter.
IKE HARDY, car maker.
J. A. FORTE, boilermaker (whites).
JOHN MITCHELL.
CHARLES STRONG, (colored).
One unknown coal heaver.
The injured (Whites):
W. H. LEWIS, boilermaker helper; will die.
CLYDE PRICE; will die.
ROBERT HAYNIE, car maker.
BEUCHER BRAZLER, car maker.
SAM PEAK, car maker.
JESSE KILGORE.
JOHN SHEPPARD.
E. CLANCEY.
HARRY KILGORE, car maker.
J. S. MANLEY.
JOE FONFRASSEN.
HOWARD COLLINS.
The injured (Colored):
ANTHONY McKINNEY; will die.
C. F. HALL; will die.
GEORGE GREEN.
WILLIAM SMALL.
WILL JACKSON.
WILLIAM WRIGLER.
LEWIS BROOKS.
HENRY HEDGINS.
TOM BIRCH was on top of the engine, adjusting the piping, when the accident occurred, and was blown through the air for sixty feet. MR. J. A. FORTE, the boiler-maker, was blown to the top of a neighboring shed and instantly killed. MR. IKE HARDY was hit by a flying piece of the boiler while seventy feet away and instantly killed.
The dead were immediately carried to the undertaking rooms and the wounded were taken to different parts of the big plant, where they were cared for by physicians.
Parts of the boiler weighing a ton or more were blown over buildings standing a thousand feet from the place of the explosion. It will probably never be known what caused the explosion.

Houston Daily Post Texas 1903-01-29



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