Delta, PA Slate Quarry Dynamite Explosion, Nov 1936
SEVEN KILLED BY EXPLOSION OF DYNAMITE.
ACCIDENT OCCURS AS WORKMEN CARRY EXPLOSIVE AT YORK COUNTY SLATE QUARRY.
OFFICIALS OF COMPANY UNABLE TO EXPLAIN BLAST.
COMPANY, CORONER AND COMMONWEALTH START INVESTIGATIONS INTO MISHAP.
By The Associated Press.
Delta, Pa., Nov. 30. -- An explosion of dynamite killed seven men today at a slate quarry in southern York County, a stone's throw from the Mason-Dixon line.
Six of the victims, two of them brothers, were mangled almost beyond recognition. The seventh, FRANK WEAVER, died a short time later in a York Hospital.
The dynamite exploded with a terrific roar as workmen were carrying it toward the tunnel of the slate quarry. Officials of the Funkhouser Company, operators of the quarry, were unable to explain the accident.
None of the other 65 workmen was near enough to see whether the men dropped the dynamite or what caused the blast.
Five of the dead were employed by the Funkhouser Company.
LUTHER WILLIAMS, 25.
RALPH WEAVER, about 28, son of FRANK WEAVER.
LUSH LYNN and WINSTON LYNN.
The other two, LEE JONES, 18, and ROY AYRES, 18, both of Delta, were not employed there, a company clerk said.
The dynamite was intended to blast a slate "hill." The company grinds the slate into dust and uses it in roofing material.
Headquarters of the company are in Westminster, Md. M. R. Maley, superintendent, was at Westminster when the blast occurred.
A company engineer was dispatched to investigate. Coroner L. U. Zech of York County started an official probe.
Titusville Herald Pennsylvania 1936-12-01