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Explosion at the Du Pont Powder Mills in Delaware kills seven

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
10/21/1859
At the Du Pont Powder Works on the banks of the Brandywine River near Wilmington suffered heavy damage when a series of explosions demolished several buildings and killed seven men instantly.  A horse drawn wagon was being loaded to transfer powder between processes just before eleven in the morning when the first explosion took place without warning. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Explosion at Wilmington, " New York Times, October 24, 1859, p. 4. 

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