May 5, 1943

Dead, Injured After Blast and Fire
ELKTON, Md.—The Triumph Explosives, Inc., munitions complex here was rocked yesterday by an explosion and following fire that left at least thirteen and perhaps as many as twenty-five people dead. Dozens were injured as well. Estimates on the number of injured range from sixty to as high as one hundred and twenty-five. The blast occurred at about 3 p.m. Eastern War Time (EWT). Emergency responders, Red Cross members, and civil defense workers rushed to the scene from as far away as Pennsylvania and Delaware. The president of Triumph, Benjamin F. Pepper, stated the army, navy, and Federal Bureau of Investigation have begun an investigation of the incident. Pepper indicated “…more than one building was involved…” at the complex, and reports are at least six buildings were damaged.

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