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Fuse cord factory blows up in Simsbury, Connecticut and eight die

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12/20/1859
Just after seven in the morning, near the center of the town of Simsbury, Connecticut, the Patent Safety-Fuse Factory exploded and burned.  Eight people, including seven women working on the top floor of the two story building were killed outright and others in the building seriously injured, including the owner.  The factory, which manufactured braided cord fast-burning fuses for blasting, was completely demolished.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Explosion at Simsbury, Conn.," New York Times, December 22, 1859, p. 2.

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