Haskell, NJ Powder Factory Explosion, Jan 1917
POWDER FACTORY BLOWN TO ATOMS.
FIRE IN DUPONT WORKS AT HASKELL DESTROYS ENTIRE PLANT.
NEW YORK CITY ROCKED AS BY AN EARTHQUAKE -- FORCE OF EXPLOSION FELT FAR UPSTATE.
New York, Jan. 12. -- Four hundred thousand pounds of powder was destroyed by explosion and fire at the Haskell, N.J., plant of the DuPont Powder company at 9:30 o'clock tonight.
Officials of the company declared, after checking up the numbers of the night shift at the works that only two men were missing. Twelve others were cut by flying debris, but none of them were seriously hurt. No estimate of the loss was obtainable.
There were two distinct explosions the force of which were terrific. Buildings were shaken far out on Long Island and up the Hudson River to Poughkeepsie.
The first explosion was in what is known at "the glazing barrel." The fire which resulted spread quickly to the blending house and from there to three magazines. One of the magazines blew up, but the powder in the others was consumed by the flames.
The blazing magazine set fire to the screening house, from which the flames leaped across Wanaque River and consumed three drying houses on the other side. At this point the fire was checked by the efforts of the company's employes.
Other buildings in the plant and many in the village, which was built in a semi-circle around the works, were shattered by the force of the concussion, which was by far the most severe ever experienced at Haskell.
No estimate was available of the number of men at work when the disaster occurred, but as soon as the terror caused by the explosions had subsided somewhat the company officials began rounding up their men to check up the casualties. It is feared that two who were employed in the "glazing barrel" lost their lives.
Rescue parties were quickly organized to search for the injured and as soon as they were found they were taken to the company's private hospital. All the doctors available were taken to the company's private hospital. All the doctors available were summoned, as were the Franciscan brothers from Butler, some distance away.
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