Dynamiting at Atlanta Conflagration

Dynamiting at Atlanta Conflagration

Relative to the use of dynamite in endeavors to stop the Atlanta, Ga., conflagration of May 21, a report issued by the Committee on Fire Prevention of the Nation Board of Fire Underwriters says in part: “In the latter part of the afternoon, dynamiting was resorted to in several places. This work was in charge of a representative of the Du Pont Powder Company under orders of the Mayor. Several houses were dynamited at Hunt and Pine streets and on Ponce de Leon avenue and on the Boulevard. Others are believed to have been dynamited, but a record of the number and location of houses was not available, and if others were dynamited they were later consumed. The ruins at Hunt and Pine streets were not burned, and as several companies were available to keep them wet down, it may be that their destruction was of some value in stopping the fire at this point. On Ponce de Leon avenue, east of Kennesaw avenue, about five buildings were dynamited, some of fvhich later burned. On the Boulevard north of Ponce de Leon, six buildings were dynamited and two others fixed for dynamiting. but not fired as Chief Cody believed he could, and did, prevent them from burning. Several buildings opposite those dynamited ignited on the roof and four below St. Charles street had their roofs partially burned off, but several companies had reached this point about 6 o’clock and prevented further destruction.

View of dynamited houses on Boulevard, north of Ponce de Leon avenue, Atlanta, Ga. Buildings on other side of this street and north had roofs damaged from sparks.Dynamited buildings on south side of Ponce De Leon avenue. Fire did not cross this avenue at this point, hence dynamiting was of little value.

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