Pittsburgh, PA Boilers Explode, Feb 1873

BOILER EXPLOSIONS.

FOUR BOILERS EXPLODED IN THE AMERICAN IRON-WORKS AT PITTSBURG -- SEVEN KILLED AND THIRTY WOUNDED.

Special Dispatch to the New York Times.
Pittsburg, Penn., Feb. 3. -- This morning, at 10 o'clock, a terrible boiler explosion occurred at the American Iron-works, Jones & Laughlin proprietors, in this city. These works are the largest of the kind in America, occupying about fifteen acres of ground and giving employment to about 3,000 persons. The works were built in 1850, and have a fame that extends beyond our own country, as the proprietors and inventors of the celebrated cold-rolled iron shafting. There were comparatively few houses in the immediate vicinity of the works when started, but now the have increased until the inhabitants number, perhaps some 15,000, who are nearly all dependent on this great establishment for their living and support. The explosion which occurred this morning was that of four boilers which were located in a central part of the numerous work shops. These works are run night and day, and have two turns of about 1,500 men each. Everything was going on with the usual exactness and military precision up to the time of the catastrophe. Then the shrieks and agonizing cries of the poor unfortunates baffled description.

The report of the exploded boilers had scarcely subsided, when the gates and entrances to the works were besieged by thousands who clamere to gain admittance. Wives were frantically searching for their husbands, mothers for their children, and sisters for their brothers, who were lying within the ruins. The wreck was complete, the flying iron, stone, and brick carrying everything before it. So destructive was the force spent that the remains of the boiler can only be found in minute particles. The pipes and other connections were hurled to such a distance that at the present writing they have not been found. The loss of life, as far as can be ascertained, is seven killed and about thirty wounded.

The names of those who were killed:
ANTON BECKERS.
CHARLES FAY.
THOMAS McCARTHY.
MIKE REYNOLDS.
BARNEY McCAULEY.
JOHN SHEHAN.
PATRICK HAWLEY.

The following is a partial list of the wounded:
ADAM JOUND, struck by a piece of the boiler, and had both legs and an arm broken.
CHARLES and JAMES G. WARD, struck by splinters, and were severely injured about the head.
JOHN CORB, hurt about the head.
M. DALSELL, wounded in the head and leg, slightly.
JACOB KENKER, slight injury aout the legs.
TIMOTHY MAHONY, legs crushed.
JACOB BROBECK, spine injured, and burned about the back.
ROBERT NELSON, hands, face, and body burned seriously.
THOMAS BOYLE, injured in head and breast.
ROBERT BLATCHFORD, injured internally.
NICHOLAS LONG, leg crushed and eye injured.
MRS. KEYSER, arm broken by a fragment of iron.
HENRY GRANT, a boy, ear split, and seriously injured.

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