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1844 Haswell Colliery Disaster

28/09/1844 - Haswell Colliery - Explosion / Coal Dust Explosion

Haswell Colliery was ripped apart by an explosion at 3 pm on Saturday September 28 1844. All 95 men and boys underground in the ‘big’ pit at the time were killed as were all of the pit ponies. Four men and two boys were saved in the ‘little’ pit . They happened to be near the upcast shaft, and the flame did not reach them; it having been stopped in its destructive passage by a wagon and a horse, and a number of empty tubs, which, by the force of the explosion were all jammed together in the trolley-way.

This accident claimed the lives of 95 people.

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