Fairfield, CT. – August 18, 1902

Fairfield, Connecticut – August 18, 1902   


     On the evening of August 18, 1902, well known aeronaut and performer Clarence C. Bonnette  was performing a balloon ascension and parachute drop at a carnival in the Southport  section of Fairfield.  The performance was going well until he dropped from the balloon.  Just as he was about to land, the parachute became entangled in live electrical wires and his clothing caught fire.  Bonnette was able to disentangle himself, but not before he was severely burned on his left leg and side.     

     Source: The Waterbury (CT.) Democrat, August 19, 1902

     To learn more about Mr. Bonnette, click here.

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