Hartford, CT Pyrotechnic Company Explosion, May 1892


Hartford, Conn., May 23. -- At 4:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon the factory of the AEtna Pyrotechnic company, in Mechanic street, blew up with a tremendous noise, which shook the city and was heard some miles in the country. The contents of the buildings flew high in the air, and papers drifted off a mile or so from the scene. Four dead bodies were taken from the ruins:
JOHN L. B. SHIPLEY, a well-known citizen.
MRS. EMMA TRAGANZA, forewoman of the factory.
MISS MAGGIE CAPEN, of Cottage Grove, Bloomfield.
MISS EMMA TARBOX, of this city.

None Was Severely Hurt.
The injured were not dangerously wounded. Their names are:
GEORGE F. STEVENS, employed by the company as drummer.
MISS KITTIE GOLDEN, of this city.
MISS ROSE HARVEY, of Cottage Grove, Bloomfield.
MISS MINNIE TAYLOR, of this city.
The other persons in the building at the time, GEORGE SENSOTH, of Cottage Grove is undoubtedly still in the ruins.
The company made red and blue fire, and it was not generally supposed that the place was dangerous. They have been running for eight years.

Davenport Daily Leader Iowa 1892-05-23