Oil Tanks Explode at Kearney

Issue 19 and Volume 61.

Oil Tanks Explode at Kearney Two crude oil tanks at the plant of the Seaboard By-Product Coke Company on Hackensack Meadows, in Kearny, N. J., recently exploded and sprinkled burning oil over the adjoining buildings. The blaze could be seen for miles and the heavy black smoke clouded a large area. One man was killed. He was a steamfitter at work in the building at the time of the explosion. Chief C. W. Greenfield responded and found only one hydrant on the property. He, despite the difficulty, handled his men skilfully, and ordered his men to dig down to a six-inch water main running into the property. The main was broken with sledgehammers and a fire engine pumped water directly from it. The explosions, one following the other in quick succession, occurred shortly after 9 o’clock. The plant is on the west bank of the Hackensack. The company proposed to…

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