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Honolulu, HI Dynamite Explosion, Mar 1914

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JOHN SPENCER suffered a number of scalp wounds in addition to injuries about the body.
O. FOSTER was more fortunate, escaping with an injury to his left thigh, caused by being struck by a falling timber in the wreckage.
All the injured men, as well as the man who lost his life are Hawaiians.
It was difficult to get a statement either from the men who escaped injury or those who were injured yesterday. For two hours the survivors were closeted with the officers as well as members of the Hawaiian Dredging Company who endeavored to get a statement of how the explosion happened. But little light was shed on the matter.

Explosion Not Explained.
Work was under way in charging a series of eighteen holes preparatory to setting off a salvo blast to loosen the earth for the dredging operations which have been in progress in the upper end of the harbor. An average of fifty pounds of dynamite was used in each charge. Seventeen holes had been charged, fuse and caps attached and made in readiness to be set off. About twenty pounds of dynamite had been tamped into the eighteenth or last hole of the series when the explosion came. The scow was within a few feet of the seventeen charged holes when the explosion came. It was the dynamite aboard the scow that went off. Whether it was set off by concussion or fire probably will never be known.
"We felt a great shock, then came a big noise and the next thing I remember I was going up in the air with a pile of iron and wood," is the most definite explanation of the explosion that could be secured yesterday. It was given by one of the men who was standing close to the dynamite box when the explosive was set off. He was thrown into the water and was picked up by the rescue crew from the Thetis.
Drill Scow No. 6, the property of the Hawaiian Dredging Company, is a mass of tangled wreckage and lies partially submerged on a bank near Quarantine Island. Robert Atkinson stated yesterday that the scow was worth between ten and fifteen thousand dollars before the accident. When the damages to the scow are cannot be determined for some days. A derrick dredge was towed to the scene of the wreck shortly after the accident and a force of men under Superintendent H. G. Plummer started work immediately on clearing away the wreckage and getting the scow repaired.
Great credit is due to the officers and men of the revenue cutter Thetis who so quickly came to the rescue of the injured men. Coxwain C. Cleaver was the first man ashore from the cutter's launch and ran to the police station and notified Captain Baker of the accident.
In the absence of the patrol wagon an antiquated five passenger automobile which the department is using for a makeshift as a patrol wagon and ambulance was rushed to Nuuanu Street boat landing. The police auto being inadequate to handle all of the injured men passing hacks were impressed into service and the injured were taken to the hospital.
Robert Atkinson stated last night that the damage to the drill scow would not retard the dredging operations in the harbor for more than three or four days at the most.

The Hawaiian Gazette Honolulu Hawaii 1914-03-13

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