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Shropshire, March 1858

Shropshire, March 1858

 

Colliery Guardian, 13th March 1858
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT AT SHREWSBURY.
Fatal Explosion of Fire-damp

On Saturday last, an explosion of firedamp occurred at the Lower Spring Pit, belonging to the Lilleshall Company. It seems that two men went down into the pit to complete some “holeing” they had left unfinished the day before; they were followed by a boy, who carried in his hand a lighted candle. He was about to light another candle when an explosion took place. One of the men and the lad were suffocated, and when brought up were quite dead. The other man had a narrow escape for his life. The inquest was adjourned.


Submitted by Steve Dewhirst

Note: “Saturday last” would mean that the incident occurred on Saturday 6th March.

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