Minersville, PA Coal Mine Explosion, Mar 1893
DEADLY GAS WAITED FOR THEM.
FIRE BOSS SAID THERE WAS NONE IN THE MINE.
IT HAD COLLECTED IN AN OLD BREAST AND MADE A FEARFUL EXPLOSION.
TWO MEN WERE KILLED AND FOUR MAY DIE OF THEIR INJURIES.
Pottsville, Penn., March 24. -- Two men were killed and four badly, if not fatally, injured by an explosion of gas at Oak Hill colliery, near Minersville, this morning.
When the men came to work, as is customary, they received their orders from the fire boss, who informed them that the mine was clear of gas.
The men went to work in different parts of the mine and within half an hour after the whistle blew a terrific explosion occurred, which was felt in every part of the mine, and even on the surface a severe shock was felt.
Down below, rock, coal and timbers were hurled in all directions.
The explosion occurred in the east gangway on the lower drift.
A miner entered an old breast, when his lamp ignited a body of gas, which had accumulated there unknown to the bosses, with the result above stated.
The names of the killed and injured are:
WILLIAM PURCELL, killed outright.
JOSEPH MORGANS, badly burned and bruised; not expected to recover.
WILLIAM JAMES, arms and legs broken and injured internally; will die.
DAVID DAVIS, JR., probably fatally injured.
Two more bodies have been brought to the surface, one dead and the other horribly mutilated
but living; both unrecognizable.
Part of the workings belong to an old operation abandoned 30 years ago and reopened by the present owners a few years ago.
Oak Hill colliery is located near Mine Hill Gap, about six miles from Pottsville, and is owned by Leisenring & Co. of Mauch Chunk.
Boston Daily Globe Massachusetts 1893-03-24