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When the Telegraph Lines Caught Fire — the Carrington Event

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On August 28, 1859, telegraph lines went down across America. Literal fire poured from circuits in Pittsburgh. In Washington, D.C., an operator named Frederick W. Royce was severely shocked. Papers caught fire.

On September 2, it happened again, except worse. In Boston, employees were able to transmit messages to Portland without using the wires.




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