November 22, 1923

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News from November 22, 1923

News from November 22, 1923 (Buffalo Express, via™)

A Series of Explosions Result in Tragedy

On November 22, newspapers reported that a boiler explosion the day before at the Vida Sugar Refinery in Loreauville, Louisiana, resulted in the death of at least nine individuals and injured fifteen others, five of whom were feared to have sustained fatal injuries. The explosion completely wrecked the refinery, causing an estimated loss of $100,000. Among the deceased were Sidney Broussard, the nephew of Senator Edwin S. Broussard of Louisiana, and Oscar Broussard, the superintendent. The explosion occurred as a battery of five boilers had been steamed up in preparation for the season’s work. Three other employees were unaccounted for and were feared to be among the deceased.

On the same day, an explosion occurred in the home of Mrs. Iris Peterson in New York. The explosion, believed to have been caused by faulty circulation in a water-back in the kitchen range, blew the stove to bits, injured one man, and set fire to the house.

In Rome, an explosion of a field gun resulted in the death of one soldier and injured three others. The explosion occurred during the inspection of the Centocelle Artillery Field by the kings and queens of Italy and Spain. The explosion was attributed to the imperfect closing of the breech lock, and an investigation was initiated.

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