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During a violent thunderstorm over Long Island, a boiler explosion destroys a factory and kills a worker.

Ruins of parts of Williamsburg, Long Island, New York after an explosion and fire, July 18, 1866, artist's impression
07/18/1866

During a violent thunderstorm over Williamsburg on Long Island, New York, a lightning strike on the chimney of the Lawrence and Sons Cordage Factory in the town somehow caused a boiler explosion.  The explosion of two of four boilers killed the attendant, smashed metal over 600 feet, and started a fire that partly destroyed the factory's two multi-story buildings.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Explosion in Williamsburg," Harper's Weekly Magazine, August 4, 1866, p. 493.