Bennington, VT Powder Mill Explosion, Sept 1857
FATAL POWDER MILL EXPLOSION.---At Bennington, Vt., on the night of the 8th, the packing building of Russell's Powder Mills was blown up. The hands employed in the mills had all left for the night, excepting the watchman. It is supposed that the building was fired by two boys, about eight years old, who were playing with matches near it; and one of them, a son of H. E. Bradford, was instantly killed, and the other fatally injured. About thirty kegs of powder were stored in the building, but the explosion did not materially injure any of the other houses in the vicinity.
New Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette, Concord, NH 16 Sept 1857