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"A" Mill Explosion

Title: Article Describing Dust Explosions
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1878
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Many people had theories about the cause of the Washburn "A" Mill explosion. The writer of this magazine article is demonstrating experiments that he had done to prove that flour dust was the cause of the explosion.
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  1. This article is actually the transcript of a lecture given a month after the mill explosion. It presents one possible reason why the mill exploded. How do these experiments on the topic affect your opinion of the author's work?

  2. The speaker who gave this lecture was asked by a milling association to speak on this topic. Why do you think his information might be especially interesting to the members of this association?

  3. Describe the experiment used to test for the explosiveness of flour.