Shamokin, PA Fire Damp Explosion, Apr 1893
A MINE HORROR.
FIFTEEN PERSONS LOSE THEIR LIVES IN A MINE DISASTER AT SHAMOKIN, PA.
A MINER'S LAMP CAUSES AN EXPLOSION OF THE DEADLY FIRE DAMP.
Shamokin, Pa., April 1. -- A miners lamp caused an explosion in the Noilson shaft operated by Langdon & Co. this morning. Many miners were in the mine at the time, and all escaped but twelve or fifteen who will lose their lives. A number of mules were also suffocated. Owing to yesterday being a holiday there were not as many men at work as usual.
Ten of the dead have been recovered as follows:
JAMES and MIKE BRENNAN.
It is not certainly known whether any more are in the mine which is burning fiercely with momentary danger of explosions. Despite this danger a large force of men and officials are battling the flames and gas. The dead were all found in a vein in which smoke found the way from a vein two hundred feet below. A thousand men are thrown out of employment.
Racine Daily Journal Wisconsin 1893-04-01
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