Chicago, IL Toy Factory Explosion, Mar 1904

EXPLOSION OF TOY PISTOL CAPS IS DEADLY.

TWO BOYS AND A MAN KILLED AND PERHAPS THREE OTHER VICTIMS.

Chicago, March 15. -- Three persons were killed and eight other employes were injured today by the explosion of toy pistol caps in the two-story brick manufacturing plant of the Chicago Toy Novelty company, at Western Avenue and West Eighteenth Street. The building was wrecked and the ruins caught fire immediately.
It is believed some others may have been killed, but until the debris can be cleared away this belief cannot be verified.
The known dead are:
HARRY JORDAN, foreman.
ALEXANDER J. WILNSKI, sixteen old.
JOSEPH BENDOWSKI, fourteen years old.
It is not known what caused the explosion and so far as can be learned the company had no permit from the city for the manufacture or storing of explosives.

St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1904-03-16