Pittsburgh, PA Iron Works Explosion, Oct 1844


We learn from the Pittsburg papers that the Pittsburgh Iron works, of Messrs. Lorentz, Sterling & Co., situated on the other side of the Monongahela, was on the 7th instant the scene of a most lamentable catastrophe. About 12 1/2 o'clock and just after the bell had rang for dinner, the head of the lower boiler burst with a tremendous explosion, scattering destruction on every side. Three of the workmen were most dangerously wounded, and the roof of the building injured. The boilers, four in number, were torn from their beds and thrown some forty feet. The following, as far as ascertained, are the names of the wounded:
JOSEPH DAVID, (engineer) skull fractured, broken and badly scalded.
JACOB FORDING, (fireman) scalded dangerously.
JACOB POOTHMAN, (laborer) collar bone fractured and otherwise seriously injured.
DAVIS died on the following day; the other two are expected to recover.

Lorain Republic Elyria Ohio 1844-11-06


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