Central City, MO Mine Explosion, July 1927

TWO MEN ARE BADLY HURT IN EXPLOSION.

JOHN HENNESSY AND VIRGIL MYERS INJURED IN BLAST AT MINE NEAR CENTRAL CITY -- THIRD MAN ESCAPES.

Two men were seriously injured and a third was knocked down, but escaped injury, at 2 o'clock this afternoon in a boiler explosion at a prospect mine at Central City, west of Joplin.
The men injured are JOHN HENNESSY, 728 Chestnut Avenue, and VIRGIL MYERS, 2210 Annie Baxter Avenue, the latter a son of Joe H. Myers, former chief of police. Both were seriously burned by scalding water from the boiler and were otherwise injured.
They were taken to St. John's hospital in an ambulance of the Huribut Undertaking Company. The extent of their injuries had not been determined at 3 o'clock this afternoon, but it was said both were seriously burned. HENNESSY is believed to be in a critical condition.
William Hennessy, brother of the injured man, was standing about thirty feet from the boiler when it blew up. The impact of the explosion knocked him down. His brother and MYERS, he said, were nearer the boiler. It was completely wrecked by the blast, which is believed to have been caused by low water.

Joplin News Herald Missouri 1927-07-12