[D8828ADG], Letter from Boston Edison Co, Charles Leavitt Edgar to Edison Machine Works, John Kruesi, October 24th, 1888

Item

Abstract

"I enclose you two newspaper clippings of last Friday. One was written by the reporter before we had a chance to see him; the other after consultation. ### You are particularly interested in this matter, and I know that you will give it serious consideration. ### I happened to be at my desk at the time of the trouble, and I noticed that one side of the service dropped in pressure some six or eight volts. This lasted for about ten or fifteen seconds, when the explosion took place, which I heard from my office, and we immediately had a very bad short circuit. I had no means of finding out how high the cover went, but from the looks of the side-walk and cover I imagine that it must have gone at least ten feet. The inside cover was completely shattered, breaking off cleanly around the rim, and the pieces falling back on the safety catches, short circuited them. We found next day that the No 90 main leading into this box, both the rings and hard rubber pieces holding the catches were not shattered in the least. Something of this same kind happened about a year ago, but the cover only rose up about a foot and no attention was paid to it. This box had been opened about two weeks before, and was found to be in very good condition and has been in first class order ever since the fire. ### I will be very glad to hear from you if you have any suggestions to make, as it has created quite a furore in the city and I wish to give a plausible explanation of it." Yours truly, C.L. Edgar [Also includes three newspaper clippings concerning electrical/gas accidents]

Date

1888-10-24

Decade

1880-1889

Type

Identifier

D8828ADG

Folder Set

D8828

Title

[D8828ADG], Letter from Boston Edison Co, Charles Leavitt Edgar to Edison Machine Works, John Kruesi, October 24th, 1888

Microfilm ID

122:939

Publisher

Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University