Disasters · Newspaper clippings · Wisconsin

Man dies approximately 27 hours after biting into firecracker he thought was a candy

July 5, 1912 Appleton, Wisconsin A man dies after biting into a firecracker, believing it to be a piece of candy On July 3, Andrew Hoffman (52) had a pocket full of candies and torpedos (a type of fuseless firecracker that explodes on impact). At the time, most torpedos were spherical and approximately the size… Continue reading Man dies approximately 27 hours after biting into firecracker he thought was a candy

Illinois · Michigan · Newspaper clippings

Clippings: 6 killed when bomb is thrown in apartment window; man killed when using torch to thaw oil drum

From the Chicago Daily Tribune January 18, 1929 BOMB WRECKS APARTMENT; SIX BELIEVED KILLED Detroit, Mich., Jan 15 -- (AP) -- Four person were believed to have been killed in a explosion which this morning destroyed a store with an apartment above. Two men who, police believed, threw a bomb through a store window were… Continue reading Clippings: 6 killed when bomb is thrown in apartment window; man killed when using torch to thaw oil drum

Indiana · New Mexico · Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Three violent tales (1890)

December 27, 1890 Albuquerque, NM Washington, IN Cleveland, OH The Chicago Daily Tribune (December 27, 1890) runs a series of misfortunate events that happened the day before, including the death of an inmate by a prison cook, a man who blew up a hotel where his wife worked after he was not permitted to see… Continue reading Three violent tales (1890)

Disasters · Germany

Oppau factory explosion

September 21, 1921 Oppau, Germany An explosion at a factory producing ammonium nitrate kills between 500 to 600 and wounds another 2,000 The explosion's exact cause is unknown as all involved died from the blast, but it's believed to have been due to a practice of loosening ammonium nitrate (an explosive fertilizer) build-up with dynamite.… Continue reading Oppau factory explosion

Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Explosion kills family (1929)

August 28, 1929 Chicago, Illinois The Chicago Daily Tribune runs an article concerning a family severely burned in an explosion from chemicals burning in their furnace. Fortunately, a 6-year-old child was outside the home during the explosion and was not injured. Horrific history from today: 1926: Man dies of wounds following gun attack (2017) 1933:… Continue reading Explosion kills family (1929)