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Oaks Colliery Disaster
Posted: 16/09/2017 10:40:01
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Interesting article on the Beeb about the Oaks Colliery explosion.

BBC News wrote:

In December 1866 a colliery in Barnsley was ripped apart by a series of explosions over two days, killing at least 361 men and boys, in what remains England's worst mining disaster. The events of this largely forgotten tragedy and its devastating effect on the community have been recreated in a new film.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-41187124

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IP: 92.14.86.126 Edited: 16/09/2017 10:40:24 by SimonRL
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Oaks Colliery Disaster
Posted: 16/09/2017 11:25:57
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The tragedy was that the Oaks was known to be gassy. There was an earlier serious explosion, and the Barnsley Main seam was notorious for gas and spontaneous combustion.

There were plenty of warnings.
Like the railway industry at the time, most were ignored or trivialised.
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