Hammond, IN Economical Smokeless Powder Co. Explosion, May 1898

Hammond, Ind., May 21. --Three thousand pounds of powder at the plant of the Economical Smokeless Powder company blew up this afternoon, killing one man, injuring three others and demolishing the building in which was located the mixing room.

The dead:

Arthur L. Booth, Chicago

Seriously injured:

John S. Piper
Frank Halse
Carl Porter

The plant had been running only three days and was about to begin work on a government order for 35,000,000 cartridges. Officers of the company are unable to determine the cause of the explosion.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 22 May 1898