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Chrome, NJ Brick Wall Collapses, Apr 1907



New York, April 29. -- Four men were instantly killed, three others were badly injured and 15 persons more or less seriously hurt by the falling of a brick wall at the De la Mar Copper works, at Chrome, N. J., about eight miles from Perth Amboy.
The settlement is chiefly composed of foreigners, and following the falling of the wall there was a wild rush to the vicinity, and something like a riot resulted. When the rrenzied men and women found they would not be admitted within the walls of the works they stoned the small guard and threatened vengeance. The excited scores surged about the officials who tried to quiet them, and sent showers of stones until the company men were forced to seek shelter.
The wall which fell was 12 inches thick and 12 feet in height, and was part of a new copper ore smelter which had just been finished. The wall stood on a trestle about 15 feet high, and two score or more of workmen were at work under and about the trestle when, without warning, the mass of masonry collapsed and buried most of them.

Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1907-05-02

article | by Dr. Radut