Wall Street Explosion

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WALL STREET EXPLOSION. The Wall Street Explosion occurred in New York City on 16 September 1920, across from the headquarters of the J. P. Morgan Company on Wall Street, near the corner of Broad Street. Forty persons in the street were killed, although no one inside J. P. Morgan headquarters was harmed. Authorities believed the bombing to have been caused by a bomb carried in the back of a ramshackle, one-horse wagon, which witnesses later remembered having seen near the spot. Both the horse and wagon were entirely destroyed in the blast, however, and the perpetrator was never discovered.


Carosso, Vincent P. The Morgans: Private International Bankers 1854–1913. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1987.

Alvin F.Harlow/c. w.

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