Kokomo, IN Air Compressor Explosion, Sep 1925

BLAST SHAKES SOUTH KOKOMO; 3 ARE INJURED.

AIR COMPRESSOR AT JENKINS GLASS FACTORY GIVES WAY, CAUSING DAMAGE.

BLOWS HOLE IN ROOF.

WINDOWS BROKEN IN NEIGHBORHOOD; JAR IS FELT TWO MILES DISTANT.

As the result of the explosion of an air compressor tank at the Jenkins Glass factory Tuesday night at 9 o'clock three men were injured, much property damage was done and electric lighting service in South Kokomo was cut off.
Those injured are:
JOHN ABNEY, 229 East Harrison Street, fireman, seriously burned about the hands and mouth.
FRANK BECK, fireman, 1826 South Purdum Street, back sprained.
LEM POWELL, engineer, 1300 South Main Street, cut about face and bruised.
The explosion was of force sufficient to jar buildings in the south part of the city, alarming the residents who were ignorant of the cause of the detonation. Electric wiring was torn down and a hole was blown in the roof of the boiler room at the factory. This room and the engine room are housed in a building separate from the other factory building, a structure 50 x 50 feet. It is believed that the factory cannot operate for several days as a result of the explosion.
Live coals were hurled by the blast into the boiler room. The fire department was called and this room was flooded by the fire fighters.
The force of the explosion spent itself upward, thus permitting the workmen to escape.
BECK said that he sprained his back in an effort to get out of the boiler room. Escaping steam caused ABNEY'S injuries and POWELL was struck by some object hurled through the air by the explosion.
A crowd of several hundred persons gathered at the scene. It was reported that windows were broken by the concussion three blocks distant on Washington Street and that the jar could be felt in the 1200 block on West Maple Street, two miles away.
Electric service was restored within an hour after the explosion.

Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1925-09-23