Little Britain, NY powder house explosion, Dec 1910


Store of Powder Blows Up and Attendant Is Killed.

Special to The New York Times.

NEWBURG, N. Y., Dec. 21. - The powder-house of the Pittsburg Contracting Company at Little Britain, a short distance from this city on the line of the New York Aqueduct, exploded this afternoon and the only occupant, an Italian workman, was blown into atoms.

The building contained only a few cases of dynamite and powder. A large consignment of dynamite had been ordered to be delivered to-day from the Dupont Company. The cause of the accident is unknown. The concussion was felt for miles and in Newburg windows were broken and pictures shaken from walls.

A gang of railroad laborers engaged a quarter of a mile from the scene of the accident were prostrated by the shock, but none of them seriously injured. The loss to the contracting company is comparatively small.

The New York Times, New York, NY 22 Dec 1910