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Hoch Colliery Explosion

Forestville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
August 13, 1860
No. Killed - 2

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(From the Miners' Journal, Pottsville, Pa., Aug. 25, 1860)

An explosion of firedamp at Forestville on Monday of last week resulted in the instant death of 1 man and a boy and the fearful crushing and maiming of 2 boys.  The man was the fireboss at the colliery.  One of the boys struck a match in the presence of gas.

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