New York, NY Tenement Explosion, Oct 1927

FOUR KILLED IN TENEMENT BLAST.

CONGESTED WEST SIDE NEW YORK DISTRICT THROWN INTO PANIC BY EXPLOSION.

(By Associated Press.)
New York, Oct. 9. -- Four persons were killed and more than a dozen injured Saturday in an explosion that wrecked a four-story tenement building in West 35th Street.
Police and building inspectors after a preliminary examination expressed the opinion that the explosion had been caused by a bomb or dynamite. It was impossible to state definitely what had caused the blast.
The densely congested west side tenement district in which the explosion happened was thrown into a panic by the blast, requiring the efforts of a large force of police reserves to restore order.
Several of the injured were children who had been playing near the building when the walls collapsed and who were struck by falling wreckage.

Owner Threatened.
ANDREW COVIELLO, owner of the building, told police police that he recently had received threatening letters.
The force of the explosion was so great that it lifted the building from its foundation and dropped it back a mass of ruins.
Four priests from a church nearby, assisted in the rescue work.

Decatur Evening Herald Illinois 1927-10-09