Massive explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in London
Madame Coton's fireworks factory, located in a poor residential area of London south of the Thames, caught fire. Explosions and the resulting firing of rockets being prepared for a display rain down on the neighboring area, including another fireworks factory which also ignited. Madame Coton and four others were killed and hundreds more injured. (By John Osborne)
Chronicle,The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1858 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1859), 122.