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Explosions at an Irish gunpowder mill kill five and cause widespread damage

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08/06/1859
At ten in the morning a massive explosion took place in a storage house at the Ballincollig Powder Mills near Cork in southern Ireland and killed all five men working there.  Many of the buildings of the mills were destroyed and neighboring village homes also suffered heavy damage.  Only portions of the victims' remains were found.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
 The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 120.

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