Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Remarkable Boiler Explosion

BALTIMORE, March 31. – A most remarkable steam boiler explosion occurred this afternoon at the Baltimore Home of Refuge.  The boiler attached to the bake house, several feet from the main building was blown up fully 200 feet in the air, then taking an easterly direction exploded again, after which it passed in a straight line twenty-five feet to the north,, and fell directly on the roof of the school building carrying with it a slate roof, rafters, beams and plastering crushing into the school room where there were about 70 boys but two were killed and seven wounded.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 4

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