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Annville, PA Dynamite Explosion, Feb 1907



Lebanon, Pa., Feb. 16. -- MRS. ZELLER, the wife of JOHN ZELLER, of Annville, near here, was instantly killed by an explosion of dynamite at her home, and their two children, LYDIA aged 13 years, and MARY, aged 5 years, were so badly burned and lacerated that there is little hope of their recovery. The house was wrecked. ZELLER placed three sticks of dynamite in the stove to thaw and went to work, neglecting to tell his wife that the dynamite was in the oven.
What occurred after ZELLER'S departure will probably never be known, as neither child has regained consciousness.
The explosion must have been terrific, as the flesh was torn from MRS. ZELLER'S body in several places and two great holes were blown in her side and back.
LYDIA, the elder of the children, was fearfully cut about the face and body and was terribly burned, her clothing having been ignited by the explosion. MARY, the other child, had a large gash torn in her back, and there are cuts and bruises from her head to her feet. Her clothing also caught fire and she was badly burned.

Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1907-02-16

article | by Dr. Radut