Lucas, OH Dynamite Explosion, May 1890

DYNAMITE EXPLODES DURING A FIRE AT LUCAS, O., KILLING TWO MEN AND INJURING MANY PERSONS.

Mansfield, O., May 26. -- A heavy rain-storm passed over Richland County Saturday night. Lightning struck the John Charles block in Lucas, six miles east of this city, about 8 o'clock Sunday morning. The block took fire and was entirely consumed, together with two dwellings adjoining. There is no fire apparatus in the village and the citizens turned out with buckets, but could do nothing toward extinguishing the flames. They then endeavored to save the contents of the building, and while they were removing the goods about fifty pounds of dynamite, which was kept in the store, exploded with disastrous effect. Two persons were killed and about twenty-five persons in all more or less injured.
The killed are:
JOHN SMITH, age about 51, leaves wife and family.
JEREMIAH JONES, age 50, leaves wife and family.
The seriously injured are:
JOSEPH HANNA, bad cut on forehead, hand and legs.
F. RUSSELL, severe cut over left eye.
JOHN GALLAGHER, leg severely bruised by falling from a ladder.
F. MYERS, badly hurt, struck by flying bricks.
Of the remaining persons injured none are considered seriously hurt. Physicians were quickly summoned, who attended the injured.
The report of the explosion was heard five miles distant and the shock was so great that nearly all the windows in the village were broken. Rain came down in torrents and put the fire out, otherwise half of the town would have been in ruins. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

Logansport Reporter Indiana 1890-05-26