• Short Summary

    A mysterious and violent explosion rocked downtown Ottawa on Saturday, October 25, when the Federal Government's nine-storey Jackson Building was transformed into a hollow shell.

  • Description

    A mysterious and violent explosion rocked downtown Ottawa on Saturday, October 25, when the Federal Government's nine-storey Jackson Building was transformed into a hollow shell.

    Normally the business centre of 2,000 Canadian civil servants, the building had shut-down for the week-end and was empty when the explosion occurred. Had the mystery burst occurred during a normal working day, experts estimate that the casualty figure would have been high.

    Three buildings were demolished, 36 people injured - many seriously, stores, offices, houses, a car showroom and a cinema wrecked, and hundreds of panes of glass shattered. Estimates of the damage put the figure at around 2,000,000 dollars.

    Prime Minister Diefenbaker drove to the site of the explosion - just five blocks away from the Parliament building - almost immediately and described the disaster as "appalling" He promised federal investigation into the whole affair - thought to have been caused by a faulty of leaking gas main.

    Meanwhile, firemen continue to pick their way among the bricks and rubble of Slater Street which currently resembles a scene from wartime London rather than peaceful Canada.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA87CFFAOTBV6HHI1LUOSQS0VEK
    Media URN:
    VLVA87CFFAOTBV6HHI1LUOSQS0VEK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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