No. 542
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
January 28, 2022

Fatal Soda Fountain Explosion.

May 13, 2014
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Decoration Day and its Memories. | A Pointer.

Fatal Soda Fountain Explosion.

Killed by soda water

Killed by Soda Water.
Louis Sorrocco, an Italian, is instantly killed at Pittsburg, PA., by the explosion of a soda fountain. 

A special from Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 10, says: Louis Sorrocco, an Italian, was instantly killed this afternoon by the explosion of a soda fountain. He was employed at Louis Cella’s soda water manufactory, on Grand street, and was engaged in charging the fountain with gas when the explosion occurred. Cella was standing beside him as was knocked down, but not seriously injured. The building, a one-story structure, was badly damaged.


Reprinted from "Fatal Soda Fountain Explosion." The National Police Gazette 29 Oct 1887.