The Millfield Mine disaster occurred November 5, 1930, at the Sunday Creek Coal Company Mine Number 6 in Dover Township, Athens County, Ohio. It was the state's worst mine disaster. According to the historical marker at the site in Millfield, Ohio, the explosion killed 82 people.
On November 5,
1930, an explosion occurred at the Millfield Mine resulting in the worst mine
disaster in Ohio’s history. The mine was ran by the Sunday Creek Coal Company
who also ran mines at San Troy, and operated many other mines in the Hocking
At approximately 11:45 A.M. methane gas that had accumulated
in the mine shaft ignited when a spark was created between a trolley car and
the railing causing the explosion. The explosion was felt for many miles.
One hundred ninety-one miners went to work on this day. Of
the 191 miners, 73 lost their lives. While some died from the explosion, others
lost their lives to carbon monoxide that filled the mine shaft. Others lost in
the disaster included the company’s president, William Tytus, 4 other mine
officials who were inspecting new safety equipment, and 4 visitors.
Nineteen miners were found 9 hours after the explosion by
rescuers. They were three miles from the main shaft. The disaster received
national and international press which led to an improvement in Ohio’s mine
safety laws in 1931.