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Fales & Gray Explosion – Today in History: March 2

The boiler that fed the machinery at the Fales & Gray Car Works in Hartford exploded
On March 2, 1854, the boiler that fed the machinery at the Fales & Gray Car Works in Hartford exploded, killing 16 workers and injuring many more – Connecticut Historical Society
Broadside printed after the Fales & Gray steam-boiler explosion

Broadside printed after the Fales & Gray steam-boiler explosion – Connecticut Historical Society

On March 2, 1854, a steam boiler explosion rocked the Fales & Gray Railroad Car Works factory on Potter Street in Hartford.  The explosion destroyed the blacksmith’s shop and engine room killing nine people immediately and seriously wounding fifty. Twelve people later died from their wounds. At the time of the blast, there were more than three hundred people employed in the building and the tragedy underscored the reality that Hartford needed a professional health care facility. In May of 1854, the State of Connecticut granted a charter for the formation of Hartford Hospital.

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