Lowell, Massachusetts – August 31, 1907
On Saturday, August 31, 1907, Harry M. Maynard of Lynn, Massachusetts, was scheduled to give a parachute exhibition sponsored by the Stafford Balloon Club of Boston at a pleasure resort known as Lake View. The plan had been for Maynard to ascend to a pre-designated height in a balloon, and then jump using two parachutes. After the first chute deployed, he was to cut himself away from it, and free fall until the second chute opened allowing him to land safely.
Maynard jumped as planned, but the first parachute didn’t open until he was only 400 feet above the ground. He then cut away from the first chute, but was now too low for the second to deploy successfully. He came down on the roof of a bowling alley and died three minutes later.
The incident was viewed by 7,000 people.
Pullman Herald, (Washington) “Fell 400 Feet To Death”, September 7, 1907