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Carneys Point, NJ DuPont Powder Company explosion, Sept 1916


Workmen Escape by Safety Chutes When Dupont Blending Tower Is Destroyed.

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 15. - Nineteen powder workers were burned, at least six of them seriously, by the explosion of several thousand pounds of smokeless powder at the plant of the du pPont [sic] Company at Carney's Point, N. J., tonight.

The flames originated in a bleding [sic] tower in what is called the finishing area, and, while the company has not established the cause, it is thought that a piece of metal may have found its way into the powder which was being worked through the tower.

Following the first big flare which lighted up the country for miles around, there were several smaller ones as fresh bins of powder in the tower were set off.

All the injured workmen were in the blending tower. When the blaze was discovered they made their escape through the safety chutes. They were burned while feeing from the building. The tower was destroyed in a few minutes.

The New York Times, New York, NY 16 Sept 1916

article | by Dr. Radut