An explosion of sulphur gas kills seven in a coal mine in central England
At the Coppice Pit Colliery in Staffordshire's Cannock Chase, an underground explosion killed seven miners who had been working on excavating a shaft. An investigation concluded that a naked flame the men were using ignited a dangerous accumulation of sulphur gas. Two of the seven were young pit boys. (By John Osborne)
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 19.