ARMY INQUIRY STARTS IN ARSENALEXPLOSION
Causes of Picatinny Blast Are Sought
Officer Victim to Be Buried at Arlington
DOVER, New Jersey, March 22, 1930 –A board of inquiry as to the possible cause of the explosion yesterday afternoon at Picatinny Arsenal, in which an Army Officer and two civilian employees lost their lives, began investigations this morning and will continue in all probability until next week, when their findings will be forwarded to the War Department in Washington.
Captain J. A. Roon, Captain H. N. Rising and Lieutenant W. O. McFadden comprise the board of inquiry. This morning the investigators made an examination of the building in which the explosion occurred at the same time Coroner Charles Stidworthy or Rockaway was to perform an autopsy on the bodies of the two civilians killed.
The body of Captain John B. Fidlar, who was cited for bravery during his services in the Field Artillery in the World War, will be taken to Arlington National Cemetery at Washington for burial.
The funeral for Frank Stevens of Wharton will be held at 2 P.M. tomorrow. No arrangements have been made for the funeral of Stephen Deevey, the other civilian killed.
The dead and injured were observing an experiment in the mixing of smokeless powder in one of the buildings of the arsenal reservation when the explosion occurred.
FIDLER, JOHN E
CAPT ORD DEPT
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/21/1930
- BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE LOT 8511
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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