united states mine rescue association Mine Disasters in the United States
W. W. Boxley and Company Pounding Mill Quarry Explosives Disaster
Pounding Mill, Virginia
Friday, August 13, 1920
No. Killed - 9 * This was 1 of 4 disasters which occurred on Friday the 13th.
From the Kansas City Star, August 13, 1920
Six persons were killed, four others are thought to have lost their lives and three were injured in a premature explosion at a limestone crusher at Pounding Mill, near here today. The explosion was caused by the ignition of a fuse by a spark from a drill, setting off three charges of dynamite which were being loaded for use tomorrow.
The known dead and injured were taken from the debris, but the bodies of four others are thought to be under the tons of rock which fell into the pit.
Deceased: (from the news article below)
F. E. Myers
John, Allen, and Edward Bird (brothers)
Wash G. Lovern
R. T. and C. G. McGhee (brothers)