James Burton et al
As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, we’ve digitized a small selection of inquests and inquiries from 1872 to 1934, found in series GR-0431. These were chosen to reflect the experiences of early Chinese immigrants to B.C. – their living and working conditions, and their unfortunate accidental or unusual deaths. They range from a woman working in a brothel in Barkerville who died of natural causes to three sawmill workers who died from malnutrition. Learn more.
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I was there at the scene of the explosion, about fifteen minutes to twelve noon on Saturday, March 12, 1910. The machines were working then and the five Chinese and the white man were in the shed.
I went to number one Pack House, a building where cartridges are filled, and then walked towards the wash house. As I reached the...the explosion took place.
I turned back and I found out that number two had blown up. I should thinks I was about 200 yards away when the explosion occurred. I felt a concussion but it was not severe.
I should judge there was 2,000 lbs (two thousand) of dynamite in the shed. There was a shipment of 25 cases and the balance in bags. A case contains fifty pounds.