Stockton Mine 1896

10/12/1896 - Stockton Mine - Explosion / Spontaneous Combustion

In the Stockton Mining Disaster of 1896, nine men died from gas inhalation while trying to determine the cause of a gas leak that killed two men a few days earlier. It was discovered that spontaneous combustion caused a fire that produced the gasses that killed these men. 

The death of the rescuers highlighted the need for special breathing equipment for rescue operations.  

This accident claimed the lives of 11 people.