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In southeast England, an explosion in a gunpowder factory kills four workers.

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04/01/1867

In southeast England, an explosion in a gunpowder works killed four workers and seriously injured a fourth.  In the town of Faversham, in Kent the building housing the final mixing of powder for the Hall and Son Company collapsed in ruins after a dull explosion in the middle of the afternoon.  Reasons for the conflagration were a mystery and a coroner's enquiry could determine no other cause that "accidental death" in a dangerous profession.  (By John Osborne)

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"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 42-43.

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