Silver City, NM Powder Explosion, Aug 1885

POWDER MAGAZINE EXPLODED BY THE ELECTRIC SPARK OF LIGHTNING AT SILVER CITY, N.M.

THE BUILDING CONSUMED BY FIRE WITHOUT DAMAGE TO 6,000 POUNDS OF FIANT POWDER CONTAINED THEREIN.

Silver City, N.M., August 14. -- Shortly after one o'clock yesterday a loud report, followed by the rattle of broken glass, startled the inhabitants of this city. One of the powder storehouses just west of the corporate limits had exploded. The powder house belonged to the hardware firm of Neff & Stevens, and contained between sixty and seventy keys of black powder, besides some 6,000 pounds of giant powder. The building stood on a hill and was struck by lightning. Bursting into flames it burned in a few minutes, when the explosion of black powder took place, the giant remaining unexploded, an incident leading to much discussion and numerous attempts at explanation. Buildings situated on elevated points in and about the town were all more or less damaged. The Court House suffered to the amount of about $300 in the item of window glass.
The schoolhouse, half a mile from the powder house site, lost all its west windows. The damage throughout the town will probably reach $2,000, but no lives were lost.

Decatur Daily Republican Illinois 1885-08-14