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Langtry, TX Quarry Explosion, Feb 1925


Premature Blast of Dynamite in Rock Quarry in Texas; Several Injured.

By The Associated Press.

Langtry, Tex., Feb. 25.---A premature explosion of dynamite at a rock quarry belonging to the Southern Pacific railroad here yesterday caused the death of eight men and injuries ot several others.

Some of the bodies were hurled hundreds of feet by the blast. Railroad officials have ordered an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion.

The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Davenport, IA 25 Feb 1925



(By Associated Press.)

LANGTRY, Tex. Feb 25.--- A premature explosion of dynamite at the Southern Pacific rock quarry here yesterday, caused the death of eight men and injuries to several others.

So powerful was the blast that the bodies of some of the victims were torn to bits, while others were hurled hundreds of feet through the air.

Iowa City Press Citizen, Iowa City, IA 25 Feb 1925


A score of men working at the quarry escaped injury but could not tell how the explosion occurred.

It is presumed that one of the charges of dynamite was imperfect.

The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, WV 25 Feb 1925



(By United Press)

Langtry, Tex.,----Officials of the Southern Pacific railway today started an investigation of the explosion of dynamite in the company's rock quarry on the outskirts of Langtry Tuesday afternoon, which took a toll of eight dead and seven injured.

Pending further investigations cause of the tragic accident was attributed to a premature explosion of the heavy blasting charges.

The dead include: J. W. HARSHAW, El Paso, Texas, divisional engineer of the El Paso division of the Southern Pacific.

Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI 25 Feb 1925

article | by Dr. Radut