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Description: Dynamite Death Page-5
Newspaper published in: Washington, D. C.
The Evening Times January 5, 1901 Dynamite Death Page-5
KILLED BY DYNAMITE.
Quarry Boss the Victim of a Premature Explosion.
Frederick, Md., Jan. 5. - John McBRIDE, aged fifty-two years, boss of the Montevue Hospital quarry gang, while setting off a blast late Thursday afternoon, was fatally injured by a premature discharge of dynamite on the farm of Frank LAKIN.
Mr. McBRIDE, who had already set off several other blasts, was standing over the hole stamping the clay when, it is thought, the steel rod cut the fuse in two, and, coming in contact with the rock, created a spark, which ignited it and caused the explosion. He was hurled through the air with the flying stone and landed about twenty-five feet from the blasting. When he was picked up it was found that the greater part of his head had been torn off and his right arm torn out of the socket, besides a number of cuts and bruises on his body. The men who were working in the quarry had taken the precaution to leave it a few minutes before.
McBRIDE was taken to the hospital where Dr. J. N. NICODEMUS pronounced his case hopeless, and he died soon after. Acting Coroner ECKSTEIN decided that an inquest unnecessary. Mr. McBRIDE came here from Pennsylvania and leaves one sister in Denver, Col.