Pequea, PA Dynamite Plant Explosion, June 1906
BLOWN TO PIECES.
ELEVEN KILLED AND FIVE INJURED IN PENNSYLVANIA.
A Lancaster, Pa., special says:
Eleven men were blown to pieces and five others seriously injured by the explosion of a dynamite plant Saturday near Pequea, along the Susquehanna River. The dead are:
BENJAMIN GEBHARDT, aged 22.
BENJAMIN RINEER, aged 21.
GEORGE RINEER, aged 20.
FRED RICE, aged 28.
COLLINS PARKER, aged 18.
PHARES SHOFF, aged 18.
WILLIAM FUNK, aged 19.
JOHN BOATMAN, aged 17.
and three unidentified men.
The seriously injured are:
The accident was one of the most horrible in the history of Lancaster County. The victims were literally torn to pieces, hardly enough remaining of the bodies to make identification possible.
The cause of the explosion is not known. Two of the unidentified victims had just started to drive from the place with a load of dynamite. They had gone scarcely fifty feet when the plant blew up with a detonation that was plainly heard fifteen miles away. A great cloud of smoke covered the site of the factory and when it cleared away there was not a vestige of the horses, wagon or men. Fragments of human bodies were found hanging to trees a hundred yards away.
Persons living near the factory began the work of rescue, but there were few in the plant who had not been blown to atoms. The remains of these were gathered up and placed in soap boxes, identity being impossible.
The injured, some of whom it is thought will die, were taken to their homes in the immediate vicinity. GEORGE and BENJAMIN RINEER, who were killed, were sons of MARTIN RINEER, one of the injured. The plant consisted of a dozen buildings. All were blown to pieces except a remote structure in which seven girls were at work. The factory was owned by C. B. McAbee & Co., of Pittsburg, and manufactured explosives for use in the Pennsylvania construction work.
Ireton Weekly Ledger Iowa 1906-06-15