Lafollette, TN Dynamite Explosion, Dec 1895

BLASTING DISASTER.

FOUR MEN BLOWN TO ATOMS, FOUR OTHERS MISSING.

DEADLY WORK OF DYNAMITE.

AFTER WAITING FOURTEEN MINUTES FOR THE CHARGE TO GO OFF, THE LABORERS WERE ORDERED BY THE FOREMAN TO INVESTIGATE, THREE KEGS OF POWDER AND FOUR STICKS OF DYNAMITE THEN LET GO.

Knoxville, Dec. 14. -- By a premature explosion of poder and dynamite at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon four men were killed at Lafollette, Campbell County. Four other men are missing and their bodies are being searched for in the mass of earth and rock that was disloged by the explosion.
The names of the dead are:
ANDREW BATES, white, aged 20, Lafollette.
JOHN WEBB, aged 21, Middlesboro, Kentucky.
NEIL DABNEY, white, aged 25, Lafollette.
M. PRICE, Jellico, Tenn.
The explosion occurred on the works of the Lafollette Railroad, near Lafollette, where a new road is being projected from Lafollette to Jellico. A large force of men were at work blasting for a cut. Three kegs of powder had been placed in a 16-foot aperture and four sticks of dynamite were also added to the deadly charge.
A fuse was attached to the powder and the men ran from the place to a safe distance to await the result. They waited 14 minutes and the charge failed to go off. The men were then ordered to break into the hole by the foreman to readjust the fuse. They obeyed the order, all being apparently satisfied that the fire had become extinct. Just as they re-entered the hole, however, the terrific explosion occurred, and the earth and stone for many yards around were dislodged and thrown into conglomerate mass with the remains of the unfortunate victims.
At the latest received last night a rescung force was still at work removing the dirt and rock.

Evening Bulletin Maysville Kentucky 1895-12-14