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Winton, PA Powder Explosion, May 1890


An Entire Powder Plant Destroyed by an Explosion.

Scranton, Pa., May 10.--The entire plant of the Consumers’ Powder Company, located near Winton, this county, was destroyed at 10:30 o’clock this morning, by an explosion and fire. The force of the explosion was terrific, and was plainly felt in this city.

The first explosion happened in the corn mill, and in rapid succession the glazing, mixing, and packing departments followed. The workmen had no opportunity to escape, and three are reported as being instantly killed, one of them being WM. MELLET, and several others badly injured.

All of the buildings in the vicinity of the works were partially destroyed, and some of the families had very narrow escapes.

Centralia Enterprise and Tribune, Centralia, WI 17 May 1890

article | by Dr. Radut