Wilmington, DE DuPont powder mills explosion, May 1876

EXPLOSION OF A POWDER MILL.

WILMINGTON, May 20. - An explosion occurred this morning at Dupont's powder mills, killing four men, named Patrick cKinney, Amos Carter, Frederick Dougherty, and Patrick Dougherty. Considerable damage was done to adjacent property by the explosions.

The New York Times, New York, NY 21 May 1876
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EXPLOSIONS.

Serious Affair at Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, May 21. - The most serious explosion at Dupont's powder works, for several years, occurred yesterday morning, at eight o'clock. It occurred in the press mill at Hagley yard, almost entirely demolishing the building, the stone walls of which were nearly twelve feet thick. Three men were in the mill at the time. They were blown into an unrecognizable mass. The arm of one man was thrown several hundred feet away. The names of the men are Amos Carter, Patrick McKinney and Frederick Dougherty. Another Dougherty was approaching the mill with a barrow, on which were two buckets of powder. He was killed, but not mangled. The windows in the adjacent buildings were greatly shattered. The cause of the explosion is unknown, and the loss is not estimated.

For miles around the shock was heard. Up to nine o'clock the remains of the men had not been found, except the trunk of a man whith the head and face partly blown off, a leg, supposed to be that of Patrick Dougherty, and a portion of an arm. Dougherty was in the act of changing his grinding from one mill to the other when the explosion occurred. Frederick Dougherty and Patrick McKinney were young men, aged 21. Carter and Patrick Dougherty have each a wife and large families of children.

The cause of the affair cannot be definitely ascertained, but it is thought that the cutting knife used in crushing the cakes struck fire.

The loss is not estimated yet. It is heavy, as there was a large quantity of powder in the mill at the time.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 22 May 1876
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A Terrible Powder Explosion Near Wilmington.

FOUR MEN KILLED.

WILMINGTON, DEL., May 22. - A terrible powder explosion occurred about five miles from here on Saturday morning, at 8 o'clock, in what is known as the Hagerty yard, and four men, who were working at the time, Frederick Dougherty, Amos, Carter, and Patrick McKinney, were instantly killed and blown several hundred yards from the scene of the disaster. The mill is in ruins. For miles around the shock was heard. Up to 1 o'clock the remains of the men had not been found, except the trunk of a man with a head and face partly blown off, a leg, supposed to be Pat. Dougherty's, and the portion of an arm. Dougherty was in the act of changing his grinding from one mill to the other when the explosion occurred. Frederick Dougherty and Pat. McKinney were young men, aged twenty-one. Carter and Patrick Dougherty leave each a wife and a large family of children. The cause of the affair connot be definitely ascertained, but is thought that the cutting knife used in crushing the cakes struck fire. The loss is not estimated, but it is heavy, as there was a large quantity of powder in the mill at the time.

[LATER.]

The remains of Patrick Dougherty are said to have been found in a horribly mutilated condition. The hands are still searching for the remains of the others.

The Critic-Record, Washington, DC 22 May 1876