Massive explosion at a Philadelphia cartridge factory kills sixteen people and levels the complex
A devastating explosion at Professor Samuel Jackson's munitions factory at Reed and 10th Street, near Moyamensing Avenue in Philadelphia killed Jackson's son and fifteen others. Four women workers loading cartridges were among the dead and several others suffered serious injuries. The factory, along with at least one neighboring house, was completely demolished. (By John Osborne)
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), 796.