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An explosion of sulphur gas kills seven in a coal mine in central England

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
01/06/1861
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)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 19.

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