New York City, NY Fireworks Explosion, Nov 1902
TWELVE ARE DEAD.
DISASTER FROM FIRE WORKS EXPLOSION IN NEW YORK CITY.
CELEBRATING W. R. HEARST'S ELECTION TO CONGRESS WHEN THE EXPLOSION TOOK PLACE.
MANY INJURED IN THE WRECKAGE.
New York, Nov. 5. -- By the premature explosion of four boxes containing aerial bombs and other fireworks, 12 persons were killed at 10 o'clock last night and about 30 were badly injured.
The dead are:
Policeman DENNIS SHEA.
WILLIAM G. FINNEY.
Five unknown men.
Unknown colored man.
Unknown colored boy.
The injured are:
Policeman MICHAEL McGEE.
Policeman MICHAEL REAGAN.
FRANK L. KEELER.
Under the auspices of the New York American a stupendous exhibition of fireworks was being exploded in celebration of the victory of Willliam R. Hearst, who was elected representative in congress. The display centered south of the Madison Square Garden, at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Twenty-fourth Streets.
Sparks from a series of roman candles which were being discharged simultaneously fell into the open boxes, which were closely packed with large aerial bombs. At the same moment one of the bombs had been touched off exploded prematurely hurling sparks and fire in every direction.
Instantly there was a tremendous detonation and an awful blast of fire which lighted up Madison Square and all the surrounding buildings.
The entire contents of the boxes and barrels had been exploded.
Twelve men who were in charge of the fireworks display were arrested.
Among the first to recover self-possession was the policeman stationed directly about the space which had been kept open at the street corner. Sixteen persons were found lying either dead or unconscious immediately about the scene of the explosion.
One of the first who was found to have been killed instantly was Policeman DENNIS SHEA, of the Fourth precinct. F. S. HOLLINGWOOD was found to have had his right leg almost blown off at the knee. He was conscious when a policeman approached him, and moaned, "For God's sake find my wife. She is standing near the second electric light pole from here, and she is alone in the city."
On the northeast corner of Twenty-fourth Street and Madison Avenue stands the handsome double brown stone residence occupied by David Wolf Bishop. On its broad stone steps, huddled together lay the bodies of three boys apparently about 14 or 15 years old. They had been hurled there from their advanced position in the crowd, close by the spot where the fireworks were being sent off. All of them were shockingly mangled and were apparently killed instantly.
Scattered along the asphalt of Madison Avenue lay several other bodies, while nearly a score of the injured, many of whom were terribly mangled, burned and cut were moaning piteously for help.
Paducah Daily Sun Kentucky 1902-11-05