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Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company
Lansford Colliery Explosion

Lansford, Carbon County, Pennsylvania
July 8, 1919
No. Killed 8

(From State Inspector's Report, 1919, p. 302)

An explosion of gas on a gangway killed 8 men and injured 3 others.  A large quantity of gas was liberated by the firing of shots in the Mammoth Vein No. 15, filling Nos. 15 and 16 chutes in Skidmore Vein with gas.  The cause of ignition was thought to be smoking or other open light.

The deceased:
  • Howard Ballett, 25
  • Mike Borek, 33
  • Mike Hycheck, 31
  • Valdyboil Soskol, 33
  • John Guidas, 35
  • William Betz, 46
  • Joseph Staminock, 38
  • John Boadling, 42
  • Peter Kowalik, 30
  • Owen Roberts, 39
  • Albert Stone, 33
Source: 1919-1920 Pennsylvania Anthracite Annual Report

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