Cook's Run, PA


Kettle Creek Mine Disaster at Cook's Run, Clinton County, PA 
November 3, 1888 


On November 3, 1888, a disaster occurred at the Kettle Creek Mine at Cook's Run, Clinton County, PA  killing 17 people.   The explosion was caused by a drill post giving way, falling on a a supply of dynamite and caps that had just been brought into the mine. The explosion was propagated by coal dust throughout most of the mine and up the airshaft. Five of the victims working in the vicinity of the dynamite explosion were killed by violence. Twelve others died from suffocation and "afterdamp".

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