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Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Deadly Explosion

 

—Fort Pickens —

 
Deadly Explosion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
1. Deadly Explosion Marker
Inscription. On the night of June 20, 1899, a fire broke out near a gunpowder magazine on the fort's northwest side. A bucket brigade fought the flames, but the blaze grew in intensity, forced the soldiers away from the cistern, and at 5:20 a.m. ignited 8,000 pounds of gunpowder. The explosion demolished the bastion and showered debris across Pensacola Bay. Flying brick fragments killed Pvt. Earle Welles and injured Pvt. Henry Hopgood, who had sought shelter behind a woodpile.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 30° 19.666′ N, 87° 17.42′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pickens Road 9.8 miles west of Pensacola Beach Boulevard (Florida Route 399). Click for map. Located right outside the south side of the Visitors Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Step Back in History (within shouting distance of this marker); Converting a Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort within a Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Swatting Mosquitoes
Deadly Explosion Marker & fort wall image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
2. Deadly Explosion Marker & fort wall
(within shouting distance of this marker); Dueling with Confederates (within shouting distance of this marker); Beefing Up Defenses (within shouting distance of this marker); Apache Prisoners (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonial Power Struggle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
 
Regarding Deadly Explosion.

From the Los Angeles Herald 21 June 1899.

Explosion at Fort Pickens
Pensacola, Fla., June 20.—The smaller magazlne at Fort Pickens took fire and blew up this morning and was completely wrecked. One corner of the old fort and several buildings used as headquarters for laborers on the new fortifications were destroyed. One man was killed and four badly injured, one having his arm and leg broken. The larger magazine in which was stored a great quantity of dynamite and other explosives, and the forts were saved by brave work of Captain Nieumann and the marines from the navy yard. The loss will reach $75,000. It is said that cement barrels were being burned and the grass becoming ignited, spread to the magazlne.
 
Categories. DisastersForts, Castles
 
Damaged and weathered walls image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
3. Damaged and weathered walls
Damaged and weathered walls of Bastion D image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
4. Damaged and weathered walls of Bastion D
Fort Pickens area entrance sign image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
5. Fort Pickens area entrance sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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