Scranton, PA Explosion, Aug 1900

Scranton, Pa., Aug. 4. -- By an explosion of gas five buildings on Lackawanna avenue in the heart of the business district were completely demolished and 25 persons were injured by being caught in the wreckage or struck by flying debris. The wrecked buildings were the three-story Merchants' and Mechanics' bank and adjoining four buildings occupied by the D. I. Phillips Furniture company and Craton carpet factory.

Many of the injured were passengers on an open trolley car that was directly in front of the bank building at the moment of the explosion. A leak in the gas pipe in the cellar of the bank building was responsible for the explosion. the janitor detected the odor of gas and was going down to the cellar, struck a match and the explosion followed. The loss is over $150,000. All injured will recover.

The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, MT 5 Aug 1900

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THE EXPLOSION IN SCRANTON

Twenty-seven Were Injured, But Only One Seriously.

By Associated Press.
SCRANTON, AUGUST 5. ---Thousands of sight seers from all over the valley crowded about the ruins of last night’s explosion and thousands were the expressions of wonderment that any of the nine persons who were in the wrecked building escaped instant death.

The total list of injured according to the revised list numbers twenty-seven, but the additional victims are not injured severely H. W. Skivington, whose leg was cut by a piece of flying glass is the only one of the twenty-seven in a critical condition.

The femoral artery was severed and the great resultant loss of blood left him in such a weakened condition that it may be difficult for him to rally.

Miss Annie Klein, of this city, and Thomas Brennan, of Minooka, each will lose the sight of one eye as the result of the cuts from flying glass.

The others will not be permanently affected.

The debris was sufficiently removed this afternoon to disclose the bank vault and it was found intact. The money and papers were this evening moved under escort of a squad of police to a building on Wyoming Avenue, where the bank will open for business in the morning.

The loss to the Merchants’ and Mechanic’s Bank people is confined to their office fixtures. D.I. Phillips Furniture Store and the stock of the Scranton Carpet Company, which were in the adjoining building, are a total loss, amounting all told to $50,000. No insurance can be recovered. The buildings were worth together about $125,000.

Daily Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport, PA 6 Aug 1900

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EXPLOSION IN A CELLAR

Leaking Gas Ignites and Many People Injured

SCRANTON, Pa. Aug 4---By an explosion of gas this evening two buildings on Lackawanna Avenue, in the heart of the business district, were completely demolished and twenty-one persons were injured by being caught in the wreckage or struck by flying debris. The most seriously injured are:
F. W. Woelkers
Miss Maloney
Thomas Brennan
H. W. Skivington
Anthony Patrolav
Mrs. Annie Clark
Miss Annie Klein
Miss Mary Sandislaus

The wrecked buildings were three-story Merchants’ and Mechanics bank and adjoining four-story building occupied by the D. I. Phillips Furniture company and the Scranton carpet factory.

Many of the injured were passengers on an open trolley car that was directly in front of the bank building at the moment of the explosion. The others, with the exception of the members of the Halffey household and the bank janitor were pedestrians.

A leak in a gas pipe in the cellar of the bank was responsible for the explosion. The janitor F. W. Woelkers detected the odor of gas when he returned from supper and after telephoning for a plumber thought to make an investigation and going in the cellar, struck a match. He was picked up unconscious in the alley in the rear of the bank. The explosion and the crash of the falling buildings brought the whole central city to the scene.

The loss is over $150,000.

The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE 5 Aug 1900