Melrose, MA Bean Factory Explosion, Feb 1930

BEAN FACTORY BLAST CRITICALLY BURNS MAN

Melrose, Feb. 23.--(AP)--Armand Thiberg, an employe[sic] of Friend Brothers, bakers, was critically burned about the face and hands tonight when a large gas oven in the company's bean factory exploded. At Melrose hospital it was believed he would lose the sight of one eye.

Thiberg had come to the factory to light the ovens. It was believed that the heater did not light and that gas collecting in the oven became ignited. Thiberg was thrown across the room by the force of the blast, which aroused residents for several blocks.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 24 Feb 1930