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Glen Alden Coal Company
Nottingham Colliery Explosion

Plymouth, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
January 15, 1947
No. Killed - 15

1947 Pennsylvania Annual Report Description  (1.1 Mb)  PDF Format
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See also: Nottingham Colliery Explosion, Feb. 1, 1890
Nottingham Colliery Explosion, Jan. 11, 1910

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15 Miners Killed in Blast at Plymouth, Pa.
New Castle News, Pennsylvania
January 16, 1947

Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Jan. 16. -- (INS) -- Fifteen hard coal miners were known dead today and two others injured in a gas explosion at the Nottingham mine of the Glen Alden Coal Company in nearby Plymouth.

The blast occurred between 5 and 6 p.m. and officials announced at 11 p.m. last night that they had accounted for all workers.

Victims of the explosion were trapped in what is known as the top Ross Vein, 850 feet beneath the surface and about 2,000 feet from the bottom of the shaft.

Top Ross Vein extends under the Susquehanna River and the scene of the explosion was located as directly under the river near the Carey Avenue bridge which links Plymouth with Wilkes-Barre.

Bodies of the victims were found together and the company reported they apparently had been killed by concussion.

The force of the explosion sent a column of dust rolling toward the foot of the mine shaft but lives of other miners were saved by prompt warnings.

Eighteen men were working in the vein where the blast occurred.  Three of them survived but two were taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.  The third survivor was uninjured and went home.

No fire followed the blast but rescue workers under personal supervision of Edward Griffith, president and general manager of the mine, proceeded with caution because of the danger of carbon monoxide gas.

Considerable damage was reported in the area affected by the blast but it was said repairs would be completed within a few days.  Other sections of the mine were untouched and the colliery will operate today as usual.

There was considerable speculation concerning how the victims were all found in one spot as they work in various chambers off the gangway.

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