Twenty Killed By Explosion

May 15, 1909


Twenty lives lost after “premature blast of dynamite” in a stone quarry near South Bethlehem, the “one thousand pounds of dynamite” left the bodies of the victims hurled hundreds of feet from the explosion sight.


Twenty men were killed by a premature blast of dynamite in a stone quarry operated by the Callanan Road Improvement Company near South Bethlehem eleven miles southwest of Albany N. Y. One thousand pounds of dynamite exploded, and the bodies of the victims were hurled hundreds of feet by the concussion and so badly mutilated as to be almost beyond recognition. As darkness was falling a wagon drew up to the engine house loaded with bodies that had been picked up back on the quarry hill. A crowd of grief stricken relatives gathered around eager to identify the dead, only to turn away at the sickening sight.
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Alan Banuchi


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