At 11:45 on the morning of September 16, 1920, it was a glorious time to be on Wall Street. The stock market ascended, the sun shined and elaborate business lunches beckoned. But at 12:01 p.m., everything changed in a flash as an explosion rocked the Financial District.
Parked in front of 23 Wall St., headquarters of the J.P. Morgan & Company bank, a horse-drawn cart was loaded with 100 pounds of explosives. The incendiary materials set off a blast so powerful that City Hall windows shattered. Flames enveloped sidewalks, a messenger boy reported “being lifted off the ground” and overturned Model Ts littered the asphalt.
For anyone within proximity of the banking dynasty’s stronghold, it must have seemed as if the world was coming to an end. “You would have seen people falling and dying all around you,” Beverly Gage, author of “The Day Wall Street Exploded,” told The Post of the event, which took place 100 years ago