Burlington, IA Ordance Plant Explosion, Aug 1936



Burlington, Ia., (INS) -- Two men were killed and a third injured last night in an explosion at the Burlington ordnance plant.
The dead were identified by Col. E. R. Gillespie, commanding officer of the plant, as ROBERT BONNER of Lemax, Ill., and JOHN WHITTAKER of Oakville, Ia. The injured man, who was not hurt seriously, was identified as LLOYD VAN WINKLE of Niota, Ill.
Colonel Gillespie said the men were working in what is called the "screening bay" with about two pounds of lead azide when it exploded.
He said the men had been working with the material by "remote control" -- behind screens -- but had walked out onto an apron finisher when the blast occurred.
He said the explosion caused about $8,000 damage to the building and equipment.
The area in which the explosion at the Iowa Ordnance Plant took place Friday evening is familiar to many of the Mt. Pleasant residents who work at the plant. Reports Saturday stated that some of the Mt. Pleasant employees work in that vicinity.
JOHN WHITTAKER of Oakville, one of those killed, has friends in Mt. Pleasant. He was injured in the explosion at the plant several weeks ago and had been back on the job only a few weeks.

Mt. Pleasant News Iowa 1952-09-20