Philadelphia, PA Subway Explosion, Oct 1906

SUBWAY BLOWS UP.

8 DEAD, 40 HURT IN PHILADELPHIA.

HIGH BUILDINGS NEAR-BY ARE SHAKEN.

EXPLOSION OCCURS WHILE INSPECTORS TRACE SOURCE OF LEAKS IN GAS MAINS -- RAINS SAVE MANY LIVES.

By Associated Press.
Philadelphia, Oct. 5. -- Eight men were killed and nearly two score persons injured today by the explosion of illuminating gas in the Market Street Subway at Sixth Street. High buildings were shaken and for a block on either side nearly every window was shattered. The street caved in, halting traffic.
Fire followed the explosion, but did no damage to neighboring buildings.
The loss, it is believed, will exceed $300,000.
The dead:
JOHN LAWLERS, aged 35; timber foreman.
FRANK LEANS, 48 years of age, employed by the United Gas Improvement Company.
GATO BEGNINO, 35 years old, Pittsburg, laborer.
JOHN SCOTT, laborer.
FRANK BEIDLEMAN, 45, tailor.
FRANK CROLLER, laborer.
R. CAPERO, laborer.
JOHN PACEY, carpenter.
BEIDLEMAN was killed by flying debris. LEANS and BEGNINO died in the hospital. CROLLER'S body was recovered from the excavation late this afternoon.
The subway is being constructed for the Philadelphia Rapid Transit company. Yesterday workmen discerned the odor of gas and the United Gas Improvement Company, whose conduits run through the tunnel was notified. LEANS was sent by the company to repair the leak. It was while he was making his investigation at 6:35 o'clock this morning that the explosion occurred.
Heavy rains last night partly filled the tunnel with water and stopped work, otherwise there would have been a large force in the subway and the loss of life would probably have been heavy. There were comparatively few persons in the neighborhood owing to the early hour. Trolley car passengers and pedestrians were among the injured.

Los Angeles Herald California 1906-10-06