• Short Summary

    FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED, SCORES INJURED AND 100 FAMILIES MAE HOMELESS WHEN TWO GASOMETERS EXPLODED IN THE COPENHAGEN SUBURBS OF VALBY TODAY (SATURDAY).

  • Description

    FOUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED, SCORES INJURED AND 100 FAMILIES MAE HOMELESS WHEN TWO GASOMETERS EXPLODED IN THE COPENHAGEN SUBURBS OF VALBY TODAY (SATURDAY).

    A FIFTH PERSON WAS BELIEVED DEAD, ACCORDING TO A FIREMAN ON THE SITE. ABOUT 50 OF THE 400 PEOPLE ESTIMATED TO HAVE BEEN INJURED REQUIRED HOSPITAL TREATMENT.

    TOW BUILDINGS IN THE VICINITY HAD TO BE EVACUATED BECAUSE POLICE FEARED THEY MIGHT COLLAPSE, AND NUMEROUS OTHERS WERE BADLY DAMAGED, WINDOWS WERE BROKEN MORE THAN A MILE AWAY. MOST OF THE INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY FLYING GLASS.

    ONE ELDERLY WOMAN WAS BLOWN OUT OF A WINDOW OF HER GROUND FLOOR FLAT AND LANDED 15 YEARS AWAY. OTHER PEOPLE STAGGERED BLOODSTAINED INTO THE STREETS.

    EYEWITNESSES OF THE BLAST SAID FLAMES SHOT ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE UP INTO THE SKY. BOTH GASOMETRES WERE SPLIT ACROSS THE TOP. ONE MAN SAID IT WAS LIKE "THE DESCRIPTIONS YOU READ OF NUCLEAR BOMB BLASTS."
    THREE DEAD ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYEES OF THE GAS WORKS. THEIR BODIES WERE RECOVERED FROM THE RUINS OF THE SHATTERED GASOMETERS.

    TONIGHT CIVIL DEFENCE, POLICE AND GASWORKS OFFICIALS WERE STILL AT WORK CLEARING AWAY THE TONS OF RUBBLE TORN FROM BUILDING. CARS PARKED IN THE AREA WERE ALSO BADLY DAMAGED.

    A FIRE THAT BROKE OUT IN THE GASWORKS AFTER THE EXPLOSION WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL TWO HOURS LATER, WHEN FIREMEN SHUT OFF THE MAINS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEU7VCDCDRK122R31OG6NC3374
    Media URN:
    VLVAEU7VCDCDRK122R31OG6NC3374
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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