A bomb blast wrecked a factory in Belfast, troubled capital of Northern Ireland, on Friday (May 12) -- and the fire which followed almost immediately afterwards razed the building to the ground.
GV Bomb explodes in building. (NATSOF)
GV Police and firemen around blazing building. ENGLISH VOICE-ON-FILM COMMENTARY BEGINS.
"The bomb........" and continues to end. (8 shots)
BOMB EXPLODING AND WRECKING BUILDING: BUILDING ON FIRE: POLICE AND FIREMEN AT SCENE.
REPORTER: "The bomb, between thirty and fifty pounds, completely wrecked the factory. Fire broke out almost immediately. The building was packed with highly inflammable textiles, and the flames soon got hold. Fortunately there were no casualties. Before the explosion nearby houses had been evacuated. But one infirm old lady had to be left propped up in her bed. The building was soon in ruins, and now another thirty to forty people in the Province will be looking for new jobs."
Initials VS/23.57 VS/0.06
TELERECORDING original colour on 6303/72 29ft
This film, from the British Broadcasting Corporation, contains a voice-on-film reporter's commentary in English, and some good natural sound of the blast. A transcript of this commentary is provided below, and a Visnews written commentary can be found over-page for alternative use.
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Background: A bomb blast wrecked a factory in Belfast, troubled capital of Northern Ireland, on Friday (May 12) -- and the fire which followed almost immediately afterwards razed the building to the ground. The factory, which employed between thirty and forty people, manufactured handkerchiefs -- and it was the presence of large stocks of textiles which gave the fire a hold on the building.
Houses nearby were evacuated before the explosion, and no-one was injured in the blast. The bomb contained between thirty and fifty pounds of gelignite.
SYNOPSIS: In Belfast, another bomb blast.......
The blast was on of several on Friday in the troubled Northern Irish capital. The bomb contained between thirty and fifty pounds of gelignite and the factory, used to manufacture handkerchiefs and full of textile stocks, caught fire almost immediately. Houses nearby had been evacuated before the explosion, and no-one was hurt. But the thirty of forty employers will now have to find other jobs. They join a growing list of bombed-out workers in the British province.