Blue Island, IL Standard Cartridge Factory Explosion, Aug 1890

A TERRIBLE EXPLOSION

Six Men Instantly Killed and Thirteen Badly Injured Near Chicago.

There was a terrific explosion in the Standard cartridge factory at Blue Island, twelve miles out of Chicago, Ill. The building was torn to pieces, and window glass was broken for a half mile around. The explosion occurred in the packing house. There was nobody at work in this portion of the factory, but the concussion destroyed the engineer's room, where several men were employed.

CHARLES SEIDEL and five fellow laborers were killed outright and thirteen others were injured, four of whom will die. These are E. E. BURKE, LAZARUS KITTERHOUSE, JOHN SANDERS and MARTIN VAUDERHOUSE. The bodies of the dead were so badly mangled that identification was impossible.

When the Rock Island passenger train rolled into the Lake Shore station that night it had a car full of men who were bleeding from wounds. They were taken to the county hospital in three ambulances. The cause of explosion is not known.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1890-08-29

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DEATH'S HARVEST.

IT GOES RIGHT ALONG WITH AWFUL PERSISTENCE.

HORROR IN A CARTRIDGE FACTORY.

SOMEBODY EXPLODES A CAN OF POWDER AND THE RESULT IS ONE DEAD AND OTHERS FATALLY HURT -- SOME SIGHTS AT THE SCENE OF THE DISASTER.

Blue Island, Ill., Aug. 22. -- There was a terrific explosion in the Standard Cartridge factory yesterday afternoon in which three laborers were killed and thirteen others seriously wounded, three of whom will die. The explosion occurred in the packing room, but what caused it no one seems to know.

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