Oil City, PA Nitro Explosion, Nov 1889
A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION.
A NITRO-GLYCERINE MAGAZINE BLOWN UP -- SEVERAL DEATHS.
Oil City, Pa., Nov. 30. -- An explosion of nitro-glycerine occurred in a suburb at two o'clock this afternoon in which two brothers, sons of a widow named FISHER -- JAMES, aged eighteen, and CHARLES, aged sixteen -- and ED HOFFMAN, aged twenty-six, were killed. Five tons of glycerine owned by the Torpedo Company was being unloaded from a boat and placed in the magazine. While the men were away the boys were seen to approach and it is supposed one of the party fell and caused the accident. The shock was a tremendous one. Farm houses and barns near by were shattered and blown to pieces. An ice house building three hundred feet square was reduced to kindling wood. Windows in the postoffice and depot two miles away were shattered by the shock.
Burlington Hawk-Eye Iowa 1889-12-01