Erie, PA Hail Storm, Jul 1853

Eight bodies were taken from the ruins last night; whether any other persons were likewise buried was not known. It is to be hoped that such is not the case, and that the several persons who took shelter during the storm escaped in time from the falling building. In the excitement and confusion of so dreadful a scene it is almost impossible to get at the the simple truth; so many exaggerated reports are immediately spread that the bad is often increased a thousand fold or worse. We therefore sincerely hope that the above list contains the names of all the sufferers, and such appeared last night to be the opinion of these about the spot. The place where the accident occurred was guarded last night by a part of the nineteenth ward police, who appear to have exerted themselves to the utmost in preserving order and relieving the sufferers.

MORE BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED. --- Yesterday afternoon, about 5 o'clock, a new brick building, in the course of erection, situated at the foot of Forty third street _____ _____ was blown down by the storm.

A man of the name of CHARLES FLYNN, who resided in Forty-fourth street, between the Tenth and Eleventh avenues, was passing by at the time, and was struck to the ground by a ladder that was against the above building and which likewise fell. He was taken up dead.

A portion of the new buildings in course of erection between Thirty-sixth streets, on the Second avenue, was injured by lightning. The fluid having struck the end wall, rent it from the main building, carrying with it some part of those adjoining. Though several workmen were on the buildings at the time, and all sensibly felt the shock, yet fortunately none of them suffered any material injury.

The Erie Observer Pennsylvania 1853-07-09