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The hazards of fireworks are well documented. Who knew that small explosions were a danger in the early days of flash photography? Excerpted from the St. Paul Globe, Nov. 18, 1903:

F.B. Chapman, photographer, and Byron Gibbs, his assistant, were seriously injured by the explosion of a carbide tank used by Chapman in taking a flash light picture of two bowling teams at Chris Miller's bowling alley, 221 East Seventh.

Chapman held it in his hand, and his thumb and fingers were nearly torn off. Gibbs was struck in the head with a flying piece of tin. The tank broke through a wooden partition. The members of the two bowling clubs posing for the photograph were badly shocked, and several were thrown to the floor.