DYNAMITE RUNS AMUCK.
Last week was marked by two of the most remarkable explosions of dynamite which we have had occasion to note for a number of years. A little before six o’clock on Saturday night last the people of Bradford, Pa., were startled by an unusually brilliant flash of light on the eastern horizon. A few moments afterward there came an explosion, then a second and a third, and then the houses of the town were shaken up, glass was broken, and the inhabitants rushed out into the streets, thinking that an earthquake had overtaken them. The cause of the commotion was not learned for many hours, but then it was ascertained that three magazines of nitro-glycerine, about a mile and a half from the town, had exploded, leaving nothing behind them but three holes in the ground. These magazines belonged to George Casterline, French & Gormley and one Baker, and altogether contained, It is estimated, some 2500 pounds of the explosive How they went off isn’t known, of course. The devastation within half a mile of the place was simply wonderful. A number of small frame buildings inhabited by different families were leveled to the ground and many of the inhabitants were fatally injured. In buildings further of! windows and doors were blown completely out. To a distance of ninety-five miles, at Elmira, the concussion was felt, and at that place it was thought to be an earthquake. From a number of other places within that radius telegrams were sent widespread to ask the cause of the shock. The damage to propr rty at Bradford and surrounding towns cannot be estimated at present, but it is supposed to be very large.
Right on top of this, on Sunday afu rnoon about two o’clock, the powder and dynamite magazine of the contractors of tile Wheeling and Erie Railroad Company at Mount Pleasant,O., also exploded, and Wheeling, W. Va., Washington and Taylorstown, Pa., Moundsburg and Wellsburg, W. Va., and Barnesville and Steubenville, O., were badly shaken up, and telegraphed all over to find out the reason why. It is reported from Wheeling that a number of lives were lost, but this report has not yet been verified. The damage to property at Mount Pleasant, however, must have been very great, as the press dispatches announce that there is scarcely an uninjured house in the place.