Three thousand pounds of gunpowder explodes at a cartridge factory on New York City's East River

Just before midnight, a powder store exploded at the Johnson and Dow cartridge factory near 78th Street, on the East River, in New York City.  People living twelve miles away felt the shock as 2,600 pounds of gunpowder went up.  Buildings in the vicinity, including some homes and a grammar school, were severely damaged. The passing night boat to New Haven had all its windows blown out. Serious injuries were sustained but remarkably, no fatalities were immediately reported.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation
"Terrible Gunpowder Explosion," New York Times, May 13, 1863, p. 8.
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Type
Crime/Disasters
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