Carney's Point, NJ Powder Explosion, Dec 1926

FIVE ARE KILLED; OTHERS INJURED BY POWDER BLAST.

CAUSE OF EXPLOSION IN DU PONT PLANT UNKNOWN; INVESTIGATION IS ON.

EXPLOSIVE LETS GO AS WORKMEN UNLOAD IT.

WRECKS BUILDING AND DAMAGES ADJOINING GLAZING HOUSE; SHATTERS GLASS IN STRUCTURES SEVERAL HUNDRED FEET AWAY; PROPERTY DAMAGE $25,000.

Penns Grove, N.J., Dec. 6. -- (AP) -- An explosion of 2,800 pounds of sporting powder at the Carney's Point plant of the Du Pont Powder Company today killed five workmen and injured others, none of them seriously.
The dead:
WILLIAM M. TONDEN, 64, married, foreman, Salem, N.J.
EZRA HERMAN, 44, unmarried, Deepwater Point, N.J.
JOHN KELLY, 19, married, Penns Grove.
GEORGE WIVEL, 24, unmarried, Penns Grove.
WINIFRED BLEASS, 28, married, Carney's Point.
Of the injured four remained in a hospital.
They are:
ALFRED BRADWAY, Salem.
WILLIAM FREIS, Penns Grove.
FRED H. BORDEN, Penns Grove.
JOHN GRAHAM, Penns Grove.
FREIS has a broken leg while the others are suffering from bruises and lacerations.
The other five injured were treated for cuts and returned to work.
The accident occurred when TONDEN, a first class operator, in charge of the other four men who were killed, as a crew of helpers, was unloading the 2,800 pounds of powder at the dry house. Since all the men immediately concerned were killed, the cause of the explosion is not known, but nevertheless the company is conducting a thorough investigation.
The explosion wrecked the building and damaged the adjoining glazing house in which those who were injured were at work. The wrecked building was one story brick and corrugated iron construction. The force of the explosion shattered glass and partly damaged other buildings several hundred feet away.
A rough estimate of the property damage made by officials of the company placed it as about $25,000.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph West Virginia 1926-12-07

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