Washington, DC Arsenal Explosion, Dec 1865
BLOWING UP OF AMMUNITION AT THE WASHINGTON ARSENAL -- SEVEN PERSONS KILLED AND MANY OTHERS WOUNDED.
Washington, Monday, Dec. 18.
An explosion took place this afternoon, about 2 o'clock, in a small building situated at the arsenal, and in which workmen were engaged in sorting ammunition, removing cartridges, &c., which was most terrible and disastrous in its effect.
The force of the explosion was felt at remote distances in the city.
Seven persons are reported killed and several others are so badly hurt that their recovery is deemed impossible. They are all employes, who have formerly been in the army, and who had been given work at the arsenal.
The house in which the explosion took place was demolished, and soon became a mass of flames.
The exertions of the firemen, who were soon at the scene of the disaster, extinguished the flames of the ruined building, and thus prevented a conflagration which would have proved very calamitous, as other buildings near by were stored with ammunition.
The following parties are known to have been killed:
The Two Hundred and Fourteenth Pennsylvania Regiment was on duty at that post, and rendered valuable assistance.
The bodies of some of those injured are torn in a horrible manner.
The New York Times New York 1865-12-19