Seven people were killed and another 18 injured when an explosion ripped thorough a laundry run by Roman Catholic nuns near Hobart, Australia, on Thursday (5 September).
Seven people were killed and another 18 injured when an explosion ripped thorough a laundry run by Roman Catholic nuns near Hobart, Australia, on Thursday (5 September). Four of the dead were women working in the laundry. Three workmen were installing a new boiler at the time of the explosion.
Rescuers using mechanical shovels to clear the rubble toiled under floodlights in pouring rain until late in the night in the search for victims. Nearly sixty people were working at the laundry and a nearby construction site when the explosion ripped through the building hurling debris over 400 metres (yards). one nearby resident said the report sounded like a massive bomb going off.
The main buildings of the convent, used as a schools and reformatory for girls, suffered little damage. The children were on holiday and only the sisters and a few staff were there.
SYNOPSIS: An explosion near Hobart in Tasmanie on Thursday killed seven people and injured another eight???. The blast devastated a large area and debris was thrown more than four hundred yards. The explosion occurred late in the afternoon in a laundry operated by Roman Catholic nons. The laundry was next to their convent.
A new boiler was being installed in the laundry at the time of the explosion. Four of the victims were women working in the laundry and the three others were the workmen installing the boiler.
Priests and nuns from the Convent helped rescue workers located the victims. One eyewitness said the explosion sounded like a bomb. A spokesman for the police department said a thousand pound explosive device couldn't have caused more damage.
The search for victims lasted well into the night.
Police impounded the new boiler the workmen were installing and the one they were replacing for examination by experts.