The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) July 24, 1883
HEW IBERIA. Dyamaalta Kxploaloa at Avery's Salt - A Terrible Ceacaeslen - BaUd. iaa;s Greatly DaaaaseaV bat No Oaa ilarc . . ISpxciai. to the Picatunk.! New Iberia, July 23v About m month ago . the company o Derating : the salt mines at Avery 'a or Petite Anse Island received a large quantity of dynamite for blasting purposes. The same was stored in a magazine situated about 400 yards from the works. Large trees were in close proximity. on Saturday. J oiy zi, a lew minutes after 12 o'clock, a terriflo storm burst on the Island, torrents of rain fell and peal alter peal of lightning rended the skies. The workmen had barely left and reached the boarding house, situated at some distance from the works, when the electricity struck the magazine and immediately followed an awful explosion. explosion. For a few minutes all seemed entirely entirely paralyzed. Hecovering, some rushed out to ascertain the eausei It was then discovered that the whole of the build ins in which was stored the - explosive compound had totally disap peared, ana in irs piece . was leit a yawning chasm, 15 or 20 feet deep, by about 100 feet in length. The trees surrounding were prostrated and shattered. One, 2V feet in diameter, diameter, was carried by the immense power ox the blast some vuo yards xrom where it previously stood. Jiivery building on tne isianov contiguous contiguous to the mines was shaken in a terrible manner, causing erery glazed door and window tot. part with their glass. The - buildings containing . the nulla and machinery were considerably damaged, preventing access to the shaft and thus an investigation as to what may have been the effect inside of the mine. - " ight box oars, ready to be loaded. were entirely crashed, in their nooer part, the running gear remaining intact. Two persons only Mrs. Crooks and daughter were slightly injured by falling falling pieces of glass, but had the explosion explosion taken place - a little sooner no doubt but the loss of life would have been great. Superintendent Crooks is now hard at work clearing np the debris, and in a very few days will nave everything everything ia readiness to resume work. There were twenty - eignt Doxes 01 dynamite, containing eaon about fifty pounds, or 1400 pounds in all. Latks. The salt mine is all right. The magazine was about 'a hundred yards away xrom the roof of ' the gaU lery. The machinery Is all right, al - thntioh the building was thoroughly stripped of outside weather - boarding. Work wiU be resumed this week. The supply of salt is large, nenoe there Is no interruption in shipments. . . '