Nonquitt, MA Fireworks Accident, July 1897

FIREWORKS EXPLOSION.

HENRY B. STONE OF CHICAGO INSTANTLY KILLED WHILE FIRING A MINE.

New Bedford, Mass., July 6. -- HENRY B. STONE, president of the Chicago Telephone Company, was instantly killed at Nonquitt yesterday by an explosion of fireworks. MR. STONE, with his family and other summer residents of Nonquitt, was celebrating the holiday with a handsome display of fireworks. Among them was a mine which was so devised as to scatter paper animals of various colors. MR. STONE had applied the torch to this piece, but it did not appear as if the spark was going to reach the mine. He advanced and took the piece up in his hands, when the piece exploded, striking his full in the face and killing him instantly.

Fort Wayne News Indiana 1897-07-07