Wilmington, NC Sawmill Explosion, Apr 1873

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Terrible Explosion in Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, N. C., April 2. - The boilers at the steam saw mill of Colville & Co., exploded at twenty minutes to six o'clock this morning. Two men were killed, and one woman was severely wounded; all the killed and wounded are negroes. One of the boilers was carried over a hundred yards to Front street, killing a woman in its course. Another was hurled nearly half way across Cape Fear river. Cause of the explosion has not been definitely ascertained, though it is generally supposed to have been caused by low water in the boilers.

Georgia Weekly Telegraph, Macon, GA 8 Apr 1873

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Fearful Explosion. On Wednesday morning in Wilmington, North Carolina, the boilers of a steam saw-mill exploded, killing two men and w woman, and severely wounding two others. All the killed and wounded are negroes. One of the boilers was carried over a hundred yards to Front street, killing a woman in its course. Another was hurled nearly half way across Cape Fear river.

The New-Hampshire Patriot, Concord, NH 9 Apr 1873