Bridgeport, CT Factory Explosion, Apr 1905
THREE MEET DEATH.
EXPLOSION IN CARTRIDGE FACTORY AT BRIDGEPORT.
Bridgeport, Conn. -- In a terrific explosion that blew to pieces one of the brick buildings of the Union Metallic Cartridge Company at Bridgeport, Conn., shortly before the close of the day's work Tuesday three men were instantly killed.
Great crowds gathered, and in the panic that followed it was reported that many lives were lost. The employes in the other buildings, however, made their escape in safety.
Fire broke out following the explosion, but was soon extinguished.
The only man in the building at the time, JOHN MEARY, was blown through the roof and killed. Two helpers, MICHAEL HARLEY and WILLIAM BAYLISS, working near the building, were also killed.
The explosion occurred in the dry house, where primer caps are dried on long steam pipes. In some manner one of the caps was discharged and the explosion followed.
The loss will be about $30,000.
The Hull Index Iowa 1905-04-07