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Mine Disasters in the United States

English Coal Pit Explosion

New Richmond, Chesterfield County, Virginia
May 15, 1854
No. Killed 20

Coal Mine Explosion -- Terrible Loss of Life -- Twenty Persons Killed
New York Times, New York
May 18, 1854

Richmond, VA -- On the arrival of the Danville cars, yesterday afternoon, we learned of a terrible explosion and great loss of life at the "English Coal Pits," in Chesterfield County, about fourteen miles from this city, and, in order to become possessed of all the particulars, we at once repaired to the fatal scene.  Read the entire news article.

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