Cygnet, OH Nitroglycerin Explosion, Sep 1897

CYGNET SHOCKED BY A FRIGHTFUL EXPLOSION OF NITROGLYCERIN.

SIX PERSONS BLOWN TO ATOMS.

SAMUEL BARBER TOUCHES OFF 120 QUARTS OF THE EXPLOSIVE IN A WELL AND THE CONCUSSION DISCHARGES A LIKE AMOUNT IN A WAGON -- BUILDINGS ARE DEMOLISHED AND INTENSE EXCITEMENT PREVAILS.

Cygnet, O., Sept. 8. -- A terrible explosion of nitro glycerin occurred here at 3 p.m., which resulted in the death of six people so far as known.
The Killed:
ALLEN FALLIS.
JOHN THOMPSON.
FRED SNYDER.
CHARLES BARTEL.
HENRY LANSDALE.
______ HAVENS, a boy.
The explosion occurred at Grant well, located at the rear of the National Supply company's office building, in the village limits. This well had just been shot by SAMUEL BARBER, the shooter for the Ohio and Indiana Torpedo company.
The well was a gasser and when the 120 quarts of glycerine let down into the well exploded, the gas ignited and with a terrific roar the flames shot high above the derrick. As soon as the drillers saw the flames several climbed into the derrick to shut off the gas, but they had hardly gotten there when there was a terrific explosion.
The burning gas had started the remaining glycerin in the empty cans standing in a wagon near the derrick. In another wagon near by were some cans containing another 120 quarts of the stuff, and this was started by the force of the first explosion. The second was blended with the first in a mighty roar, and the town and surrounding country for miles trembled from the shock.
The National Supply company's building was completely demolished, and nothing remains but a big hole where the wagons stood. There is not a whole pane of glass in any window in the town and every house and store was shaken to its foundation. There was awful excitement over the affair, and all the remaining population of the town rushed to the spot. The identity of the men who were in the derrick and who were killed can not be learned now, owing to the excitement.
The damage to the Ohio Oil company will amount to $3,000. Eight buildings are a total wreck and many others damaged. The town has a population of about 1,200. Many bystanders were wounded.

Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1897-09-08