Ponca Landing, NE Tar Explosion, May 1910
TAR EXPLODES; SIX ARE KILLED.
BOILING LIQUID ALMOST WIPES OUT FAMILY FERRYMAN.
Following an explosion of tar, the home of JERRY MINER at Ponca Landing, Neb., was destroyed by fire and his wife and five of his children were burned to a crisp.
MINER operates a ferry at Ponca Landing. He had placed a pot of tar on the kitchen stove to boil, preparatory to mending a boat. With a terrific concussion the tar exploded. The father threw an 8-year-old girl out of the window, saving her life. Then, his clothing aflame, he ran and jumped into the Missouri River. It is thought he will die.
Sioux County Herald Orange City Iowa 1910-05-04