A TERRIBLE EXPLOSION.
FOUR MEN BLOWN TO PIECES. The French mail steamer Polynesian, which arrived at Sydney from New Caledonia on the 3rd inst., brought particulars of a frightful accident there, to which brief reference was made in recent cable?. On Sunday afternoon, the 15th ult., a party of nine persons left the wharf at the Artillery Barracks in a boat with the object of destroying a number of obsolete bomb-shells, by dropping them into the sea. Theshells were loaded with melinite, and while being thrown overboard one of the bombs exploded, smashing the boat to atoms, killing four of the occupants, and wounding the other members of the party. Captain Rongey, who had charge of the boat, was projected 30ft in the air, but fortunately escaped without serious injury. The wounded were rescued by a bnat in the vicinity of the accident, and were immediately taken to the Penitentiary Depot at Presqu' He Ducos, where their wounds were temporarily dressed. The victims who were fatally injured were Jean Fallepon, chief pyrotechnist, aged thirty-five, blown to pieces; Charles Girard, pyrotechnist, aged twentyfour, blown to pieces ; Charles Capon, gunner, aged thirty, blown to pieces; Kapou, the -boatman, a native of Llfon, hardly a vestige left. The body of the ohief pyrotechnist was cut into three pieces, and the only part saved was the trunk, the bodies sinking at once. Divers went down next day, and recovered portions.
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A TERRIBLE EXPLOSION., Evening Star, Issue 10419, 14 September 1897