Asbury Park, NJ Fireworks Explosion, July 1930

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THREE KILLED IN FIREWORKS BLAST.

FOUR BUILDINGS WRECKED IN EXPLOSION NEAR ASBURY PARK, N.J.

Asbury Park, N.J. July 7 -- Fireworks stored in four buildings in Neptune Township exploded, killing three persons and injuring five.
Sheets of flames spread out and set fire to an adjoining woods in the sparsely settled section. All four of the buildings were wrecked. The structures comprised the fireworks factory of FRANK CIMINO.
The dead are:
DOLORES RENNA, 2 months old.
MINNIE CIMINO, 9, daughter of the proprietor.
CONSIGLIO CIMINO, 72, father of FRANK.
FRANK CIMINO, JR., 11 months old, who was believed to be sleeping in one of the buildings, is missing, and the firemen fear he may have been killed.
The explosion ripped off the roof of the buildings, showering fire and blazing fireworks. MRS. NANCY RENNA, 24, was standing near the structure, with DOLORES in her arms. The blast hurled the baby to the ground. MINNIE CIMINO picked up the child just as the second blast occurred in a building beside them. Flames rolled out, scorching MINNIE and DOLORES black and hurling their bodies 30 feet. MRS. RENNA was scorched, but not seriously hurt.
Meanwhile the two other buildings were shattered and the shock was felt for several miles.

Portsmouth Herald New Hampshire 1930-07-07