Gary, IN Dynamite Explosion, Nov 1912

Workmen Are Killed.

Two Thousand Pounds of Dynamite Explode In Building.

Gary, Ind., Nov. 12.-Six workmen were killed by an explosion of 2,000 pounds of dynamite in one of the pack houses at the Aetna Powder Company’s plant near here this morning.

The men who lost their lives had arrived at the plant for the day’s work and were repairing one of the packing machines when the explosion occurred. The dynamite was loose in 100-pound lots on the packing trays and but for this the damage would have been much more severe.

The Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, AL 13 Nov 1912

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Six Killed By Explosion

Gary (Ind.)Powder Mill Blast Breaks Windows Mile Away; Nearby Train Escapes.

Gary, Ind., Nov. 13.-Six men were killed by an explosion of 2,000 pounds of dynamite in one of the pack houses at the plant of the Aetna Powder company near Gary.

The dead include WILLIAM HALPIN, foreman; CHARLES SCHMIDT, C.O. CARLSON and three unidentified workmen. A number of workmen were injured.

The men who lost their lives were repairing a packing machine when the explosion occurred. The dynamite was loose in 100-ound lots on the packing trays and but for this the accident would have been much more severe.

A South Shore interurban train was within a few hundred yards of the plant, but no one on the train was injured, although the shock broke windows in the town of Miller, a mile distant.

Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville, IL 13 Nov 1912