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In Philadelphia, a massive boiler explosion on Cherry Street kills seven

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04/25/1864
The boiler-house of Cornelius and Baker, a gas-fitting establishment at Eighth and Cherry Street in Philadelphia, was completely destroyed when its main boiler blew up at around seven thirty in the morning.  The explosion killed six men at work at the building and a large section of the boiler flew through the air and killed another man on Eleventh Street, three blocks away.  Another section came down through the roof of the William Penn Tavern on Filbert Street, killing a horse and injuring a stablehand.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I:814.

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