Hazard of Aluminum Bronze Powder

Issue 26 and Volume 62.

Hazard of Aluminum Bronze Powder The danger of explosion and fire in aluminum bronze powder is clearly shown in a report just issued by the Boston Manufacturers’ Mutual Fire Insurance Company on a blaze at the Aluminum Company of America, New Kensington, Pa. At 7.15 a. m. a disastrous fire occurred in the aluminum bronze department, which resulted in the destruction of four buildings and, what was worse, the loss of seven lives, fifteen others being badly burned. Two of the buildings were of an excellent type of construction, having brick walls and concrete floors, with a wood overlay. The other two buildings were of frame or partly frame construction, and had formerly been occupied for foundry purposes. Since 1913 the manufacture of aluminum bronze powder had been carried on in these buildings. This powder is of different degrees of fineness, the finer forms being extremely hazardous on account of…

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