Miami, FL Quarry Explosion, Jan 1964


Miami, Fla. (AP) -- Three men were blown to bits and tons of heavy machinery was wrecked Wednesday when 4,000 pounds of dynamite exploded at a rock quarry northwest of Miami.
The gigantic blast rocked other industrial operations in the vicinity and sent a shock wave thundering across metropolitan Miami.
Residents as far as Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, approximately 15 miles from the blast site, at the edge of the Florida Everglades, felt or heard the explosion.
The quarry, operated by Maule Industries, supplied rock for cement operations in southern Florida.
A bucket on a giant dragline crane was battered and blackened and its 100-foot boom was badly twisted. The explosion demolished a flatbed dynamite truck. Police were unable to find any identifiable pieces. A pickup truck was destroyed and an electric rock crusher was severely damaged.
Frank J. Salichs, Maule vice president, said a drill rig was being set up to put charges in the ground when the concentration in the trucks was detonated. The cause was unknown.
Maule identified the dead as CHARLES WATSON, 33, a foreman; DOCK SMITH, 60, and WILLIAM GREEN, 21.
The three were the only men in the immediate area. No injuries were reported.

The Post Standard Syracuse New York 1964-01-23


Mall Industries Explosion - Miami, FL 1964

Charles "Edsel" Watson, age 33 was my father. He left behind a wife, Carrie Graham Watson Burgess, son Charles Edsel Watson, Jr., now age 62, son Carldon Mason Watson, now age 60, Melanie Jane Watson Schweitzer Harney, now age 59, and myself Robin Lavone Watson Gillespie, now age 51. If my father was still alive he would be the grandfather Carl's daughter Sharon Renee Watson Holman, now deceased at age 37, Charles Edsel Watson, III, Jessica Onieda Watson , and my children Kellie Anne Gillespie Mislovic, now age 31 and Glenn Alan Gillespie, Jr., now age 29. He would have three great-grandchildren - Sharon's daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Holman and Kellie's son, Dylan Allen Mislovic and daughter Lindsey Alana Mislovic.

Charles Watson was one of 12 children from Macon, Georgia (to the best of my knowledge)

I'm glad I found this article as no one ever spoke of the accident or what happened. Just a note to tell everyone that is important to pass family information good or bad on. If we don't then we don't know how we got where we were.

I understand that he was a wonderful man and for many years after his death an organ, dedicated to his memory was in the Bird Road Baptist Church, Miami, FL.
I'm sorry I don't remember you, rest in peace. Your youngest daughter, Robin