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Prospect Colliery Explosion

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
October 8, 1878
No. Killed - 4

1878 Pennsylvania Department of Mines Annual Report  PDF Format
Harrisburg Telegraph News Article  (5.7 Mb)  PDF Format
Four miners were attempting to disperse an accumulation of gas in the shaft when one of them made an appearance with a naked lamp.  An explosion instantly followed, inflicting injuries which resulted in the death of four men.

The deceased:
  • J. J. Lewis
  • George Tasker
  • William W. Williams
  • James Rowlands

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