Dravosburg, PA Pump Boat Explosion, Apr 1930

ONE MAN MISSING AFTER EXPLOSION ON RIVER CRAFT.

THREE OTHERS INJURED BY EXPLOSION OF BOILER ON PUMP BOAT NEAR PITTSBURGH.

Special INS Leased Wire.
Pittsburgh, April 3 - One man was reported missing and believed to have been killed and three others were injured today when a boiler blew up on a pump boat in the Monongahela River at Dravosburg, near here. The boat was blown to pieces.
JOHN B. MARTIN, McKeesport, was believed to have been killed instantly when the boiler was shattered or to have been hurled into the waters of the stream.
HOMER COMSTOCK, 50, Point Pleasant, W. Va., WILLIAM RICHARDS, 18, Dravosburg, and an unidentified negro workman were taken to McKeesport Hospital where their condition was reported serious.
The boat was the property of the Hillman Coal and Coke Company and was moored alongside a towboat of the Hillman fleet. The towboat was partially wrecked.
MARTIN was the only person on the pump boat when the blast let go. COMSTOCK, RICHARDS and the injured negro were employed on the towboat.
Dravosburg, a riverside village, was rocked by the explosion.
Most of the injured were taken to the Bryn Mawr Hospital. First reports said the number of persons hurt exceeded a score.
Hospital attendants were so rushed in trying to care for the injured they would make no effort to estimate the number of persons hurt.

Shamokin News-Dispatch Pennsylvania 1930-04-03