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Jono
01-19-2009, 21:58
Great site for disaster history...all states listed.
http://www3.gendisasters.com/mainlist/illinois/Ship+Disasters

http://www3.gendisasters.com/illinois/8232/rock-island-il-steamer-jennie-gilchrist-accident-oct-1881

Rock Island, IL Steamer JENNIE GILCHRIST Accident, Oct 1881
Posted August 3rd, 2008 by Stu Beitler

DRIFTING TO THEIR DEATH.

A DISASTER CAUSED BY CARELESSNESS AND LIQUOR.

A MISSISSIPPI BOAT UNMANAGEABLE IN THE SWOLLEN CURRENT -- MOST OF THE CREW DRUNK -- COLLISION WITH A BRIDGE -- SIXTEEN PERSONS LOST.

"The crew, with the exception of Pilot DERRAND, the clerk, engineers,
and firemen are reported to have been drunk and as terror-stricken as the others. "

> Not much regulation in those days...not much Coast Guard service either.

Jono
01-19-2009, 22:02
http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/la/fires/neworleans-fireaug1908.htm

New Orleans, Louisiana Fire
August 30, 1908

"Two warehouses filled with wines and liquors were among the buildings destroyed. Barrels of whiskey and brandy exploded with thunderous roars, which could be heard for blocks and which shook the walls of adjoining buildings and endangered the lives of the firemen engaged in fighting the flames."

Jono
01-19-2009, 22:04
http://www3.gendisasters.com/pennsylvania/8858/pittsburgh-pa-whiskey-explosion-feb-1898

Pittsburgh, PA whiskey explosion, Feb 1898
Posted August 30th, 2008 by Tim Taugher

EXPLOSION OF WHISKY

Fire at Pittsburg Attended With Disastrous Results.

MANY LIVES WERE LOST

How Many Will Not be Known Until the Debris is Cleared Away

SIX BODIES RECOVERED SO FAR

"Explosions of Whisky.

At 11:15 p. m. an explosion of whisky stored in the warehouse occurred, blowing out the Mulberry alley wall with terrible results at the time the firemen, policement, newspaper men and others crowded the street nearby and the alley. Many were caught in the falling walls. How many will not be known until the debris is cleared away."

"...Some of the heaviest individual losers who had consignments in the warehouse are: The Economy Distilling company, 8,000 barrels of whisky, worth $750,000;..."

Jono
01-19-2009, 22:14
http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/4337/fort-worth,-tx-liquor-warehouse-fire,-mar-1936

"Fort Worth, TX Liquor Warehouse Fire, Mar 1936

Thirsty Flames Drink Up 57,000 Pints of Whisky"
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http://www3.gendisasters.com/illinois/9609/galesburg-il-opera-house-fire-dec-1886

Galesburg, IL Opera House Fire, Dec 1886

"During the fire a fireman, said to have been intoxicated with liquor rescued from the flames, drove a hose cart through Main Street at break-neck speed, running down six persons. Two of them were seriously injured."
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http://www.gendisasters.com/data1/pa/fires/galeton1893.htm

Galeton, Pennsylvania Fire
August 24, 1893

"It is said that some woodsmen were more active in saving the liquor form the drug stores than fighting the flames."