Athens, IL Mine Explosion, Mar 1903

SIX KILLED IN A MINE.

Explosion of Gas in the Pit of the Athens Coal Company, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 23.---A terrific explosion of gas in the mine of the Athens Coal Company, at Athens, twenty miles north of Springfield, this morning, resulted in the death of six men and the serious injury of another. An entry in the mine had for some time been stopped up on account of gas, and this morning at attempt was made to open it by drilling another entry in order to allow air to enter and gas to escape.

While engaged in this work a miner fired through to the stopped-up chamber, causing an explosion of accumulated gas. Nine of the men killed were 100 feet away from where the explosion occurred.

The New York Times, New York, NY 24 Mar 1903