Ganister, PA Powder Plant Explosion, Apr 1903

GREAT POWDER PLANT LETS GO.

A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION KILLS EIGHT MEN AND FATALLY WOUNDS MANY MORE.

THE WORST IS YET TO COME.

FIRE IN DEBRIS IS APPROACHING MAGAZINES WHERE GREAT QUANTITIES ARE.

PEOPLE DESERT LOCALITY.

AFRAID TO GO ANY WHERE NEAR THE BURNING RUINS -- RESCUE PARTY IS ORGANIZED.

Holidaysburg, Pa., April 30. -- The plant of the Crescent Powder works, owned by Pittsburg capitalists and located on Piney Creek, ten miles south of here, was wrecked by a powder explosion at 7:30 o'clock this morning. Eight men are reported to have been killed in the explosion, including FISHER LANTZER and GEORGE FAY and Superintendent HARRY TAGGART, of Pittsburg, fatally hurt.

In a Remote Place.
The powder factory is located in a remote portion of Blair County and authentic details are yet almost unobtainable. Nearby the factory is a limestone quarry, where 500 men are employed. These workmen deserted the quarry, as did all residents of houses anywhere near the scene. The magazine and storehouses of the powder factory have not yet let go, but owing to the approaching flames of the wrecked plant it is feared that the greatest explosios are yet to come. In these magazines are stored 1,400 kegs of explosive. In the factory were employed fourteen men and sixteen women, most of whom were trained workers.

List of the Dead.
The dead:
ROSS KENNEDY.
CHARLES ROSS.
GEORGE GAY.
TONY FABRICO.
WILLIAM LYONS.
FRANK McKIERNAN.
FISHER LANTZER.
FRANK STRAESSER.
The women employes escaped with bad burns and cuts. The explosion wrecked all the buildings in the vicinity and broke windows of houses five miles away. A rescue party has gone from Williamsburg to the scene.

Other Explosion Follows.
The origin of the explosion is a mystery. The eight men killed were blown to pieces. The remains have been brought to Williamsburg. Superintendent TAGGART was the only man in the factory who escaped alive. The buildings took fire immediately after the explosion and are still burning. Owing to the immense quantities of dynamite stored nearby the rescuing party dare not approach the fire and the other explosion is momentarily expected. The concussion inflicted considerable damage in the neighboring towns of Williamsburg and Pointview. George McCabe, of Pittsburg, is the president and managing director of the Crescent Powder Company. A house owned by Wm. Trease, located near the factory was wrecked by a second explosion which occurred at 3:30.

Fort Wayne News Indiana 1903-04-30