Olympia, KY Iron Ore Mine Explosion, Dec 1885

HIS EYES BLOWN OUT.

PROBABLY FATAL EXPLOSION IN AN IRON ORE MINE IN KENTUCKY.

Owingsville, Ky., Dec. 2. -- There was another fearful accident yesterday at the Slate Creek iron ore mines, near Olympia, and four miles south of this place, by which eight men were blown up by a blast, all badly injured and five, perhaps, fatally.
JOHN and LAFE STATEN were operating on a bank in partnership and after making a heavy blast they set it off and together with several others who were working close to them retired to a safe distance to await the explosion. After remaining there a considerable length of time and the discharge failing to occur, they came to the conclusion that the fuse must be defective, and all ventured up for the purpose of replacing it with a good one. But just as they arrived in the vicinity of the blast it went off with the above result. At this time it is impossible to learn the full extent of all the injuries received, but JOHN and LAFE STATEN, JOHN MOUNTJOY and a young man by the name of REFFETT are supposed to be fatally hurt.
JOHN STATEN was blown fully twenty-five feet in the air, his body being fearfully bruised by the fragments of ore. The names of the other injured men have not been learned. They were all poor day laborers and have families. Dr. J. T. Callett, of this place, has been summoned to their aid.

Biddeford Journal Maine 1885-12-03