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Explosion at Brompton Barracks, 1860
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 01:36:22 »
Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 18 September 1860

BROMPTON.
EXPLOSION AT THE ROYAL ENGINEER BARRACKS. — An explosion took place, on Wednesday afternoon, in the blacksmith's shop of the Royal Engineers' establishment Brompton. The cause the explosion appears to have been owing to the man at the bellows having heaped upon tbe fire a quantity of damp coals, without first exhausting the air out of the bellows. The consequence was that a quantity of carbonic acid gas entered the bellows. So great was the force of the explosion, that a piece of iron weighing 28lbs. was forced upwards through the roof of the building, destroying one of the rafters, and making a hole in the roof of four feet and a half by two feet and half. Fortunately none of the men in the workshop were injured.
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