Senecaville, OH Lightning Strikes Dynamite, June 1903

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SIX KILLED AND TWENTY INJURED AT SENECAVILLE THIS AFTERNOON -- LIGHTNING STRUCK A DYNAMITE HOUSE -- NAMES OF VICTIMS NOT GIVEN.

At 2:30 o'clock this afternoon a telegram was received at one of the B. & O. offices of this city telling of a frightful disaster at Senecaville, Ohio, on the Central Ohio division of the B. & O. The message said that during a thunder storm at 2 o'clock this afternoon lightning struck a dynamite house killing six men and injuring twenty others. A new mine is being opened at Senecaville. The names of the killed and injured were not given in the brief dispatch. The Advocate at 2:40 p.m. received the following from Cambridge:

Cambridge, Ohio, June 20 -- Lightning struck a quantity of dynamite at Senecaville today and a terrific explosion followed. Five men are reported dead and fifteen are badly injured.

NINE KILLED.
Following is the list of the dead and injured in the Senecaville disaster which was announced in Saturday's Advocate:
The Dead:
WILLIAM MAHONEY.
SAMUEL HARTUP, JR.
RUSSELL HARTUP.
Two BASHFORD boys.
HAYES HUTCHINSON.
H. WATSON.
HIRAM WILSON.
DARIUS DAVIS.

The Injured:
BURTON PURDUM.
CLINTON DAVIS.
JAMES WILSON.
CHARLES LOOWREY.
CHARLES SHEAR.
FRANK SHETRON.
ROBERT WILSON.
CHARLES WATSON.
JOHN REED.

Cambridge, Ohio, June 22 -- Six victims of the dynamite explosion at Senecaville Saturday afternoon, were buried today. Of the thirteen who were injured some are in a serious condition, and one or two more deaths may occur.

Newark Advocate Ohio 1903-06-20