Pine Fork, WV Magazine Explosion, Nov 1897

KILLED BY EXPLOSION AND FIRE.

THREE MEN OF WHOM BUT A PIECE OF HUMAN FOOT COULD BE FOUND.

New Martinsville, W. Va., Nov. 8. -- At Pine Fork, this county, Saturday WILLIAM CONN, of Cuba, N.Y.., drove to the nitro-glycerine magazine with a two-horse wagon to get twelve gallons of nitro-glycerine to shoot some oil wells over which he had supervision. While he was inside another two-horse wagon with two men who have not been identified drove up. Before these strangers alighted the magazine blew up with a report heard ten miles away. The only thing found that ever was human was a piece of a man's foot. All else -- three human beings, four horses, two wagons -- were as if they had never existed.
Where the magazine stood was a deep cavern. Windows were broken in every dwelling within a radius of half a mile.

Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1897-11-08