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Philadelphia, PA Explosion, Jan 1918

EXPLOSION AT NAVY YARD.

TWO KILLED, 7 SCALDED WHEN BOILER LETS GO AT LEAGUE ISLAND.

Philadelphia, Jan. 2. -- Two negro firemen were killed and seven other men injured in an explosion at the Philadelphia navy yard.
Report of the accident was made public by the navy department at Washington. According to officials at the local yard the explosion occurred in the power house and was caused by defective tubing in one of the boilers.
The building was only slightly damaged. The names of the dead are given as:
E. B. SELDOM.
ALEXANDER JOHNSON.
The injured are:
WILLIAM GAY.
HENRY WORDSON.
JOSEPH SELDOM.
HAMPTON BUTLER.
COLEMAN GRAY.
WILLIAM D. BOYD.
ARCHIE MORGAN.

Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1918-01-02



article | by Dr. Radut