Brier Hill, OH Church Fireworks Explosion, June 1926

TWO ARE KILLED IN FIREWORKS BLAST.

EXPLOSION DURING CHURCH EXERCISES CAUSES NEAR PANIC.

MAN AND GIRL INJURED -- TWO ARRESTED AFTER TRAGEDY.

Youngstown, O., June 17. -- Two men were killed and a third man and a girl were seriously injured in a fireworks explosion during a religious celebration at Shook's Field, Brier Hill, last night, it became known today.
The celebration was under the auspices of St. Rocco's Catholic Church and three of those killed or injured had come to supervise the display.
FRANK PALUSKO, 18, and JOSEPH VITAL, 24, both from New Castle, Pa., were killed and PETER J. IODICE, 24, Youngstown, and MISS BEATRICE FORBES, 20, New Castle, were injured.
Shortly after the blast occurred, Rocco Cassella and Paul Magliny, both from New Castle, were placed under arrest. The two men had contracted to stage the display, it was said.
Eye witnesses to the tragedy said the explosion followed the placing of an aerial bomb in an iron pipe used in setting off fireworks. A preliminary charge was supposed to have sent, the bomb into the air, it was said, but both the preliminary cap and the bomb exploded.
More than 1,000 persons, including hundreds of women and children, had assembled on the hill for the demonstration.
A near panic ensued when the bomb let go. Police who were stationed in the crowd quickly restored order, however, and the crowd dispersed.
One of VITAL'S legs was blown off. PALUSKO died from a fractured skull. Both MISS FORBES and IODICE will recover. The celebration was arranged by the church in honor of the Feast of St. Anthony and had been postponed from Monday night because of rain.

Evening Gazette Xenia Ohio 1926-06-17