Ridgeville, SC Sawmill Boiler Explosion, Oct 1885
SEVEN PEOPLE KILLED BY THE EXPLOSION.
Ridgeville, S.C., Oct. 21. -- Seven persons died from the explosion of the boiler in the steam sawmill of J. A. Quackenbush.
The explosion was occasioned by firing with heavy, fat light wood butts, causing steam to generate faster than the safety valve would relieve it.
The killed are:
J. L. McALHANDY.
Pieces of the boiler weighing several hundred pounds were thrown 300 yards. The dome has not been found. Pieces of machinery were thrown in every direction. The men were thrown from fifty to seventy-five yards and were stripped of every vestige of clothing. Even their shoes were blown from their feet.
Chester Times Pennsylvania 1885-10-22