Oak Tree, NJ Cylinder Explosion, May 1897

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EXPLOSION AT OAK TREE.

SODA WATER CYLINDER DESTROYS A BUILDING.

The cylinder used in generating gas for the soda water tanks in the bottling establishment of Silence & Armstrong at Oak Tree, exploded yesterday noon, the report of which was heard within a radius of four miles. The men employed in the factory had left the building and were eating their dinners in a house some 300 yards distant when the explosion occurred.
The roof of the building was blown out and the side of the structure wrecked. The pipes were twisted out of shape and the inside of the building was devastated. The explosion scattered some live coals which were in the fire box and the woodwork was set on fire. The building was burned and the machinery and contents destroyed. The loss is fixed at $10,000. No one was injured.

Daily Times New Brunswick New Jersey 1897-05-20