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Nanticoke Mining Company
Nanticoke No. 3 Shaft Explosion

Nanticoke, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
March 5, 1880
No. Killed - 6

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The disaster was caused by a miner leaving the door open,thus breaking the aircurrent,gas accumulated and ignited from a naked light carried by the mineboss.  The bottom of the shaft was blown to pieces and cars smashed.  Three men were killed by the concussion and two by the concussions and burned.  Three miners who attempted the rescue of the men were over come by blackdamp, and were saved with great difficulty.

The deceased:
  • Joseph Andernott
  • Samuel Austin
  • James Henry
  • Edmund Morgan
  • David T. Watkins
  • John E. Watkins

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