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Colliery Guardian, 12th January 1861
Serious Accident from Gunpowder.


Mr Wallace, railway contractor, Bridgnorth, was on Friday night placing a quantity of gunpowder in a hole in a pigstye, for the purpose of destroying some rats. He had the powder flask in one hand, the light in the other, when a spark ignited the powder in the flask and it exploded. Both Mr. Wallace’s hands were fearfully lacerated ; one of the thumbs only hanging by a piece of skin; his cheek was cut open from the eye to the jaw, and his face otherwise much injured. He remains in a precarious condition.


Submitted by Steve Dewhirst

Note: The accident occurred on Friday 11th January.

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