Middlebury, VT Cannon Explosion, Jul 1894

KILLED BY EXPLOSIONS.

Man in Vermont Has His Head Blown Off---Several Maimed.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt., July 4.---Perley Smith, son of Daniel Smith of Ripton, had his head blown off by a bursting cannon last night. He stood seventy feet away with a crowd. The others escaped injury. Smith was sixteen years old.

The New York Times, New York, NY 5 Jul 1894