Carlyle Kapp burned in explosion
Scranton Region Shaken in Blast; 2 PersonsHurt Scranton, Feb. 24, (IF) An ex plosion of a pocket of gas in an excavation jarred and damaged a street car and erupted into a towering column of flame in Central City yesterday. Three persons narrowly escaped serious injury in the blast, which rattled windows in the immedi ate area and could be heard within a radius of several blocks. Stanley Yanorsky, trolley op erator, was tumbled from his seat as the car continued on its way. Patrolman Carlyle Kapp, who was only a few feet from the ex cavation, was burned about the face. " . Betty Jane Bronick. a trolley passenger, was also burned by fire that apparently spurted through the floor of the vehicle. The understructure and cables of the itreet car caught fire. The blaze was extinguished with chemicals. Scranton Spring Brook Water Service Company employes had been searching for a leak in the main all day. A spark from either the motor or generator of the trolley car touched off the blast. The gas accumulation came from fumes escaping from the pipeline.