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In New York City, a late morning explosion shakes Greenwich Village

Explosion in Greenwich Street, New York City, November 5, 1865, artist's impression, detail
11/05/1865
A porter at the Wyoming Hotel in Greenwich Village, New York City noticed a crate leaking smoke in the hotel's checkroom.  Fearing fire, he threw the crate into Greenwich Street where it caught fire and exploded.  The police decided it was a German salesman's stock of "Patent Blasting Oil," a new nitroglycerine compound. The porter was only slightly injured and flying glass hit around twenty people, none seriously.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Patent Blasting Oil," Robert West Howard ,The Great Iron Trail (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1962)
"Explosion in Greenwich-Street. Fortunate Escape of a Hotel and its Inmates," New York Times, November 6, 1865, p. 2. 
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