New York, NY Plaster Mills Explosion, Sept 1857
TERRIFIC EXPLOSION.----On the 30th ult., the steam boiler of the Plaster Mills of J. B. King, West street, New York, exploded, blowing in pieces the factory, a three story brick edifice of forty-four feet front, together with two three story brick dwellings adjoining, occupied at the time by several poor families. One young woman was taken from the ruins dead and several others badly injured.
New Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette, Concord, NH 7 Oct 1857