Pittsburgh, PA Album Oil Works Explosion, Jul 1868

Terrible Oil Explosion in Pennsylvania - One Man Killed and Others Wounded.

PITTSBURG, Penn., Wednesday, July 29.

A terrific explosion of oil occurred last night at the Album Oil Works of LAFFERTY & WARING, about three miles from this city, resulting in the death of a young man named JAS. GONIGLE, and the fatal injury, probably, of ROBERT LAFFERTY, one of the proprietors. The still-man is missing, and is supposed to have been killed. The accident was caused by a plug in the bottom of one of the tanks being loose. The oil running out caught fire from the furnaces, and communicating with eight other tanks, caused a terrible explosion. The works are entirely destroyed.

The New York Times, New York, NY 30 Jul 1868

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