New York, NY Wall Street Bombing, Sept 1920
BOMB EXPLOSION WRECKS WALL STREET; MORGAN OFFICE AND TREASURY DAMAGED.
WORLD GOLD CENTER A SHAMBLES; DEAD LITTER PAVEMENT
MORE THAN THIRTY DEAD; HUNDREDS ARE INJURED; GIRLS' BODIES IN STREET
Whole Financial District Is Shaken and Troops Are Called to Guard Millions in Financial District.
STOCK EXCHANGE QUICKLY CLOSED; WOMEN HURT IN MORGAN OFFICE.
T.N.T. Is Blamed for Disaster â€“ Automobile With Two Men Drew Up at Morgan Institution Before Explosion.
New York, Sept. 16. -- Ten minutes after an explosion occurred on Wall street today, either in the New York Stock exchange or the office of J. P. Morgan & Co., a report was circulated that a bomb had exploded in the Morgan building. Several persons were injured and ten ambulances summoned.
Great excitement prevailed in the financial district and police reserves were rushed to the scene. Crowds were kept back and it was difficult to see whether the blow-up occurred in Morgan's or the Stock exchange. Several persons were seen lying injured on the sidewalk.
All windows in the financial district was smashed to atoms. Fifteen minutes after the explosion occurred eight persons were reported killed and fifty injured.
At 12:15 the report that the Stock Exchange had closed for the day was confirmed. The board of governors ordered the closing two minutes after the explosion occurred.
J. S. MORGAN INJURED.
Newspaper men counted eight bodies on the street and the bodies of several horses. The Morgan building appeared a shamble and part of the front of the sub treasury across the street was torn away. The forty-story Equitable building was rocked by the explosion as was all of lower Manhattan.
JUNIUS SPENCER MORGAN, son of J. P. MORGAN and a member of the firm, was badly cut by flying glass. Officials of the company denied first reports that a bomb had exploded in the Morgan building.
It was equally impossible half an hour after the explosion occurred to determine either its exact nature or location, for spectators were held back by the police.
It was reported, however, that shortly before noon an automobile with two men drew up in front of the Morgan office and that when Morgan detectives approached the machine one man alighted and either accidentally or purposely dropped what appeared to be a bomb.
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