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The Daily Dispatch: March 21, 1862., [Electronic resource], The powder Mill explosion near New Orleans. (search)
xplosion near New Orleans. --The N. O. Bulletin, of the 10th instant, has the following particulars of the recent powder mill explosion opposite that city: So far as we could learn there were but 8000 pounds of powder lost, yet the force generated was enormous. Where one of the buildings stood it is said that a great depression was made in the solid earth. The mills were going at the time, and five employees were instantly killed, viz: Jno Holden, David Craddock, James Freeman, Charles Bee, and David Farrier. A soldier happened to be sitting in front of one of the doors at the time and was badly injured; the flesh was blown from a portion of his head, and it was feared that his skull was fractured. The bodies of the victims were blown to great distances, and their members scattered about. The clothing was entirely blown from all of them. One body fell at the distances of about 170 yards from the mill, and then glanced along the surface of the ground for 20 or 30 fee