Hartford, CT Capitol Explosion, Aug 1899

EXPLOSION AT STATE CAPITOL.

Watchmen Were Investigating Gas Leak with Lighted Lantern----One Man Injured.

Hartford, Aug. 14.---Escaping gas at the state capitol caused Night Watchman James Keefe of this city and Assistant Night Watchman George H. Cooper of New Haven to investigate a leak last night about 9 o'clock. With a lighted lantern they went into a vault under the stone steps on the outside, and upon opening the door a tremendous explosion occurred blowing out several tons of stone steps and moving the steps two feet from their foundation for a distance of 50 feet. Two large lamp posts were also moved from their foundations.

Watchman Keefe was seriously injured and may not recover. Cooper was slightly injured.

Naugatuck Daily News, Naugatuck, CT 14 Aug 1899