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In England, the training of soldiers in loading hand-grenades ends in a fatal explosion

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01/21/1861
In southern England, at the Royal Engineer's base at Chatham, an explosion killed one man, injured several others, and caused significant damage. Just before noon, as soldiers were being instructed in the filling of hand-grenades with black powder in the north gun-shed at the installation, a trainee had a grenade in his hand ignite and cause the explosion of a nearby barrel of powder. The building was destroyed and secondary explosions continued for some time.  The trainee died soon after while eight others suffered serious burns.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 12-13.

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