• Short Summary

    AN EXPLOSION EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY) SLICED THROUGH A BLOCK OF EAST LONDON FLATS KILLING AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE AND LEAVING MANY HOMELESS.

  • Description

    AN EXPLOSION EARLY TODAY (THURSDAY) SLICED THROUGH A BLOCK OF EAST LONDON FLATS KILLING AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE AND LEAVING MANY HOMELESS. POLICE, FIREMEN, AND RESCUE WORKERS WERE ON THE SCENE WITHIN MINUTES, AND RESIDENTS OF THE FLATS FLED FROM THE MAIN ENTRANCE IN THEIR NIGHTCLOTHES.

    THE EXPLOSION WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE OCCURRED ON THE 18TH FLOOR OF THE BRAND NEW 22-STOREY BUILDING. IT SHEARED OFF THE SITTING POORS OF 22 FLATS. EYEWITNESSES SAID THEY HEARD AN EXPLOSION AND SAW A SECTION OF THE HUGE BLOCK COLLAPSE LIKE A DECK OF CARDS INTO A CLOUD OF DUST AND RUBBLE.

    FIREMEN AND POLICE PICKED THROUGH THE RUBBLE TO RETRIEVE THE BODIES OF TWO MEN AND A WOMAN WHILE OVERHEAD TONS OF CONCRETE TREMBLED PRECARIOUSLY. THIS WAS LATER DISLODGED BY FIREMEN.

    THE HOME SECRETARY, MR. JAMES CALLAGHAN, VISITED THE SITE OF THE DISASTER IN CANNING TOWN, EAST LONDON, AND PROMISED A FULL INQUIRY. THE ARCHITECT, MR. THOMAS NORTH, SAID HE THOUGHT THE DAMAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS GREAT IN A CONVENTIONAL BLOCK OF FLATS WITH A FRAME OF STEEL GIRDERS. THE AFFECTED BLOCK WAS COMPLETED LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AGO AND IS BUILT OF PREFABRICATED CONCRETE SLABS.

    THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND THE HOUSING MINISTER ALSO VISITED THE SITE. EXPERTS WERE PREPARING REPORTS ON THE LIKELY CAUSE OF THE DISASTER.

    THE DEATH TOLL MIGHT HAVE BEEN CONSIDERABLY HIGHER IF THE EXPLOSION HAD OCCURRED LATER IN THE DAY. MOST FAMILIES WERE EITHER STILL ASLEEP OR JUST RISING, BUT FEW WERE IN THE LIVING ROOMS OF THEIR FLATS - THE ROOMS WHICH COLLAPSED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9A1M2A14Q3OSRF3HOMXP4DSPU
    Media URN:
    VLVA9A1M2A14Q3OSRF3HOMXP4DSPU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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