Annual Meeting – 1903 US Cartridge Company Magazine Explosion

Join us on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pollard Library Meeting Room for our annual meeting and a special program by Kim Zunino on the US Cartridge Company Magazine Explosion!

On July 29, 1903, the Town of Tewksbury was rocked by a major explosion. That morning, two cartridge magazines owned by the U.S. Cartridge Company exploded,killing 22 people, injuring 70 more, and destroying the nearby neighborhood of Riverside Park. News of the event spread across the country, and tourists arrived to see the site en masse. The City of Lowell provided aid to the overwhelmed town, including militia to control the crowds. The magazines were located along the Concord River in what is now South Lowell.

So why were there cartridges holding over 20 tons of black gunpowder and almost a ton of dynamite so close to a populated area? Join us for an in-depth look at the series of events leading up to the explosion and its aftermath