Texarkana, AR Boiler Explosion, Sep 1929

TEXARKANA BLAST WRECKS BUILDING.

BOILER HURLED THROUGH AIR FOR LONG DISTANCE.

TWO MEN SCALDED BY ESCAPING STEAM, BUILDING SHAKEN.

CAUSE IS UNKNOWN.

INVESTIGATION UNDER WAY TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF BLAST.

Texarkana, Sept. 10. -- (AP) -- An explosion of a boiler seriously injured two workmen, partly wrecked two buildings and hurled the massive tank more than two blocks where it crashed through the roof of a building in the business district early today.
RAY TATUM, 28, and PETE CONAND WAYMAN, 18, both of Texarkana were severely scalded by steam when the rear end of the Southern Creameries plant was wrecked by a boiler explosion shortly after nine o'clock. The force of the explosion tore the rear of the creameries building, ripped away a corner of a motor building across the alley and carried the boiler 500 feet up in the air and two blocks away, crashing through the roof of a vacant store building and through the floor and into the basement.
Windows in the vicinity were shattered and firemen who investigated the occurrence said it was only by a miracle the two injured men escaped death.
TATUM was washing butter tubs in the rear door of the room and WAYMAN was passing through the room to another part of the building when the explosion occurred.
An investigation was begun immediately to determine the cause of the occurrence.

Hope Star Arkansas 1929-09-10