Macon, GA Freight Engine Boiler Explosion, Jan 1902

FREIGHT ENGINE BLOWN TO ATOMS.

THREE MEN MEET INSTANT DEATH AND NINE ARE BADLY INJURED.

COLD WATER TURNED INTO OVERHEATED BOILER CAUSES EXPLOSION.

Macon, Ga., Jan. 2. -- A freight engine just out of the shop and fired up in the roundhouse of the Central Railroad of Georgia, exploded without warning today, killing three men, injuring a number of others and shaking the entire city. The report was heard seven miles away and houses four miles distant felt the shock.
The dead:
E. W. HUDGES, machinist.
J. M. McDONALD, machinist.
URIAH CORNELIUS (colored), helper.
The injured:
J. J. O'NEILL, machinist, fractures, will die.
HENRY FOX, machinist, fractures, will die.
R. L. WILLIS, blacksmith, severely scalded.
F. D. HAMBRICK, carpenter, head lacerated.
WILLIAM WILSON, carpenter, fractured ribs.
J. M. MEADOWS, carpenter, general bruises.
PETER HAMMOND (colored), scalp wound.
WESLEY JOHNSON (colored), face cut.
PETER ADAMS (colored), contused shoulder.
The negro CORNELIUS was in the cab assisting the inspector, JOHN McDONALD, who was on top of the engine. It is supposed that the negro had found the water in the boiler too low and had suddenly injected a stream of cold water on the red hot crownsheet. The engine was reduced to fragments, parts being hurled through the building two or three hundred yards. One piece weighing 2000 pounds was thrown 150 yards.

San Francisco Call California 1902-01-03