Johnstown, PA Powder Explosion, Jun 1902

POWDER HURLED THREE TO DEATH

Five Injured in Explosion of a Mill at Seward, Pa.

Special to The Inquirer.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa., June 19.—The coining mill of the Cambria Powder Company’s plant at Seward blew up this afternoon, killing three men and injuring five others, one of whom may die.

The dead are:

J. B. Smith, 40 years, married; John Rhodes, 38 years, married; Charles Drover, of Wapwallopen, Luzerne county, 35 years, unmarried.

The injured are:

Frank Wakefield, W. F. Bracken, Thomas Gordon, John B. McCullough and Seymore Allison.

The explosion occurred as the men were loading a lot of powder on a wagon driven by Rhodes, the team scaring, it is said, and running away. Smith had charge of the coining mill and the others were sent to the place to assist in loading the kegs into the vehicle.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 20 Jun 1902