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140 Years Ago Virginia City explosion: At 11 o’clock on Sunday the brick building at the corner of B and Taylor streets exploded. General Van Bokkelen was the local agent of several powder companies and had been making a series of experiments with several explosives. He had stored under his bedroom and office six cases of nitroglycerine and about 100 pounds of giant powder ... The loss was about $225,000. Many died in the explosion ... Major General Jacob L. Van Bokkelen, J. P. Smith hardware dealer; William Davis, young man, clerk and salesman, W. L. Lowe, superintendent of the …

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