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Thread #18378   Message #4165568
Posted By: Felipa
19-Feb-23 - 04:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Trimdon Grange Explosion
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Trimdon Grange Explosion
I've just been reading an article from Feb 2022, the 140th anniversary of the Trimdon Grange Explosion. It has a lot of detail and brings out the horror of the explosion and its aftermath in a way that the song (for me anyway) doesn't.

Apparently the six people who died from poisonous gas at Hetton Colliery in Kelloe were a rescue party: "Kelloe pit, two miles away, was connected underground to Trimdon Grange, and undermanager Herman C Shler took a rescue party in that way. They saw the extraordinary force of the blast had blown doors open, and then they succumbed to the afterdamp - poisonous gases created by the explosion. Five would-be rescuers, including 73-year-old Mr Shler, died at Kelloe."