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Honolulu, HI Dynamite Explosion, Mar 1914

ONE MAN KILLED, FIVE ARE INJURED WHEN 30 POUNDS OF DYNAMITE ARE EXPLODED.

DRILL SCOW NO. 6 OF HAWAIIAN DREDGING COMPANY DEMOLISHED AND FIFTEEN PERSONS HAVE MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM DEATH; CREW OF REVENUE CUTTER THETIS DISREGARDS DANGER IN HASTENING TO RESCUE OF IMPERILED MEN.

Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii - One man was killed, five were injured and nine others escaped death by a miracle when thirty pounds of dynamite aboard Scow No. 6 of the Hawaiian Dredging Company exploded in Honolulu Harbor shortly before two o'clock yesterday afternoon. How the accident happened has not been definitely determined. The first intimation of danger came with the explosion and the fifteen men employed on the scow were hurled into the air with a mass of twisted timbers and steel which a moment later was all that remained of the scow.

Thetis To Rescue.
The revenue cutter Thetis was anchored within fifty yards of the scene. The explosion was witnessed by officers and members of the crew of the Thetis and no time was lost in lowering boats and going to the aid of the dying and injured men who were clinging to the wreckage or struggling in the water among the debris.
The scow was engaged in drilling holes in the embankment of Quarantine Island in the upper end of the harbor. The peril of those who escaped injury in the first explosion as well as the rescuers, was heightened by the fact that more than eight hundred pounds of dynamite had already been placed in the different drill holes, primed and ready to be set off. It was difficult to determine whether or not those charges would also be set off.
Despite this the rescue party from the Thetis proceeded with the work of taking the injured off the wrecked and rapidly sinking scow and pulling others from the water. The injured were quickly taken to the foot of Nuuann Street and from there carried in hacks and other conveyances to the Queen's Hospital.

Foreman Dies At Hospital.
CHARLES MAKOLO, foreman of the crew at work on the scow, is believed to have received the full force of the explosion. Though he showed no outward signs of injuries he was unconscious when picked up and died within an hour after reaching the hospital. Hemorrhage of the brain was the cause, though it is believed he was also internally injured.
Though nearly every one of the five others are badly injured, the attendants at the hospital last night stated that all were resting easily and it is believed every one of the five men will recover.
BEN KAHOPILI, probably the most seriously injured of the survivors, suffered a fractured cheek bone, together with bruises and cuts about the body, which may be agitated by internal injuries. In addition he suffered a deep scalp wound.
FRANK KEKAI is suffering from having his left hip as well as his left leg fractured in addition to injuries about the face and body.
JOE KAUI is suffering from a deep cut on the left elbow. His chest is also bruised and he has a number of cuts about the face and head caused by flying debris.



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