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Description: Terrific Explosion - Four Fatally InjuredDate: August 14 1890
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 5
In the Joliet, Ill., Steel Works—Several Injured, Four Fatally
JOLIET, Ill., Aug. 13—A terrific explosion, with fatal results, occurred at the Illinois steel works at 2 o’clock Tuesday morning. Blast furnace No. 2 sprung a leak and the molten metal ran out down into the canal, generating steam, which caused the explosion. The metal was blown in all directions, tearing off the top of the furnace and the roof of the building. John Novak and Oscar Sobwski, employees, were blown out of existence; Peter Schrier was so horribly burned and cooked that he lived but half an hour; Tim McCarthy was burned about the head and back and will die. Several other employees received slight burns.