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Great Falls, MT Rock Explosion, Oct 1891

FOUR KILLED BY AN EXPLOSION.

GREAT FALLS, Mont., Oct. 27.---A party who arrived in town from the end of the Pacific extension of the Great Northern brought the news of an accident there, the result of which is appalling. Four men are dead and two maimed for life by an explosion twenty-two miles west of the summit.

The men were killed last Wednesday in a rock cut on some work under Sub-contractor O'Brien. The hole in the rock containing some powder became choked with rock, and the foreman started to drill it out. About the first blow of the drill penetrated a spark which in turn ignited the powder. The force of the explosion blew out the bottom of the drill hole, instantly killing two men and maiming several others. The men who were drilling escaped with a few powder burns.

The smoke of the blast had hardly disappeared when the foreman, whose order had brought death on his fellow workmen, took to the woods and was seen no more. He left none too quick, for the infuriated workmen were on the point of lynching him. Two of the wounded men have died since then, making four in all.

The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 28 Oct 1891

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A SPARK IGNITED THE POWDER.

Four Men Killed and Five Others Fatally Injured.

BUTTE, Mont., Oct.27.---While a gang of workmen were at work drilling rock on the Pacific extension of the Great Northern Railroad, near Great Falls, Mont., this morning, a hole in one section of the rock containing some powder became choked with some "wash," and [and] the foreman started to drill it out. A spark ignited the powder, causing a terrible explosion. Four of the men were instantly killed and five injured so seriously that there is no hope of their recovery. The foreman escaped to the woods, and it is thought he has gone insane over the accident caused by his carelessness.

The State, Columbia, SC 28 Oct 1891

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