Lilly, PA Dynamite Explosion, Jun 1896

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ONE DEAD; SIX WILL DIE.

180 Cans of Dynamite Exploded by Railroad Track Workers.

Johnstown, Pa., June 10--One hundred and eighty cans of dynamite exploded about a mile below Lilly last evening with frightful results. The dead and injured are: Mike Scawnoski, dead; Antonio Stibie, Gregorius Soiskie, Gabriel Augonoski, Frank Smith, colored; Peter Jackson, colored; Samuel Walters, fatally injured. The men were at work on the Pennsylvania railroad and were getting ready to make a blast when a premature explosion followed, blowing up 180 cans of dynamite and burying the seven men beneath a mass of sand and rock.

North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Ma 10 Jun 1896

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Terrific Explosion of Dynamite.

Johnstown, Pa., June 11.-- Only one person, Michael Scawnowski, was killed outright by the explosion of 180 cans of dynamite near Lilly on Tuesday afternoon, but six were fatally injured. The men were at work for a contractor named McManus, on the Pennsylvania railroad, and were getting ready to make a blast when a premature explosion set off the dynamite. The men were buried beneath a mass of sand and rock. The steam shovel, which stood on the track, was hurled twenty feet away.

The Bucks County Gazette, Bristol, Pa 11 Jun 1896