An Acworth Accident

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia
December 31, 1896, Page 1
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An Acworth Accident.

Man’s Head Blown off after Fooling with an old Cast Iron Pipe.


Acworth, Ga., Dec. 25. – A party of young men celebrating the occasion, undertook to improvise a cannon by stopping up one end of a cast iron water pipe three inches in diameter. Having done this they put in a charge of powder and proceeded to ram it down and tamp it with a crow bar.

It is supposed that a crowbar struck a spark against the rough sides of the cast iron pipe, for while tamping was in progress the pipe exploded with a report that shook buildings and broke the glass in the windows. One man’s head was blown off, and eyes of a fourth were blown out.

The fatalities are as follows: John Russell colored leg blown off above the knee; Alonza Hanworth, colored, head blown off; killed instantly; Charlie Stegall, both eyes hands and back badly burned; Love Boger, leg blown off below the knee, and hurt in the stomach; condition critical.


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