Huntington, AR Mine Explosion, Mar 1897
THIRTY-FIVE MEN SCORCHED.
ONE SO BADLY THAT HE DIED, OTHERS FATALLY -- EXPLOSION IN A MINE.
Huntington, Ark., March 6. -- The explosion in mine No. 44 of the Kansas and Texas Coal company in this place fatally burned BUD HANLEY, a negro, he dying later, and seriously burned thirty-four others. Some of these will die.
When the muffled roar that accompanied the explosion was heard a column of smoke and debris was seen to shoot up high in the air from the mine shaft. Over the open ground and network of railroad tracks rushed men and women.
Many of the latter had husbands and other members of their families in the mine. In a few minutes after the explosion the men commenced to appear. Some were not burned at all, while others appeared with their skin standing up in blisters on their faces and hands, or hanging in ribbons.
The work of looking for those unable to walk up the slope was at once begun. Superintendent Vail, of the Kansas and Texas Coal company, directing the work. One by one the injured were brought out and taken to their homes in hacks and wagons. How many of them are burned internally the doctors cannot say, as their efforts are employed solely in dressing the wounds. Different theories are advanced as to the cause of the explosion. Superintendent Vail says he believes that a keg of powder was exploded by carelessness, but the general opinion among miners appears to be that it was caused by windy shot firing the gas and powder smoke.
Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1897-03-06
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