Chicago, IL Still Explosion, Apr 1927
CHICAGO POLICE SEEK BOOZE SELLING GROCER AS OPERATOR OF STILL.
TWO FAMILIES WIPED OUT WHEN EXPLOSION WRECKS BUILDING; ALL THOSE KILLED DIED IN THEIR BEDS; FOUR STORES RAZED.
Chicago, April 16 (UP) -- A moonshiner's still is believed by police to be responsible for an explosion Saturday which killed eight persons, all but wiping out the families of two small shop keepers on Chicago's west side.
MAYME SOKOLSKY, 17, thought to have been in the building, spent last night with friends. She was found several hours after the blast had killed her father, and mother, a sister and a brother.
Police had been searching the debris of the blast for her body, believing she had certainly been killed.
The families of BARNETT LEVIN, a tailor, and HARRY SOKOLSKY, a store-keeper, lived in back of their shops in the one-story building wrecked by the explosion. A tin shop and grocery in the row were vacant when the explosion occurred, but the former is believed to have housed the still.
The explosion, according to witnesses, occurred on the inside of the store building, causing all the walls to collapse. The building was solidly constructed of brick. Falling debris killed members of the two families as they lay in their beds with no chance of escape.
The dead are:
ANNA SOKOLSKY, 15.
SAMUEL SOKOLSKY, 14.
ALBERT LEVIN, 20.
LEONARD LAVIN, 12.
Careful examination of the wreckage by the police bomb squad satisfied them the blast could not have been caused by artificial explosives. Examination of gas outlets showed gas leaks could not have been the cause, according to investigators.
Police are looking for the owner of the grocery store in the block to question him. He is alleged to be a known bootlegger and the theory is advanced that he operated his own still.
Decatur Evening Herald Illinois 1927-04-16