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Many Feared Dead in Pit Disaster
Many Feared Dead in Pit Disaster

Many Feared Dead in Pit Disaster 1931

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Many Feared Dead in Pit Disaster 1931

5 mins United Kingdom

To be classified as a disaster, an accident or explosion at a coal mine had to claim at least ten lives. Anxious onlookers are seen here, waiting in hope, in this bleak and sombre newsreel footage of the initial aftermath of the Haig pit gas explosion, on Thursday 29th January 1931. This type of gas is sometimes referred to as firedamp; this was one of many disasters and smaller accidents that the Whitehaven coal field had suffered over the years. It was eventually discovered that 27 people had lost their lives and 13 others were injured.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Haig Colliery Whitehaven Mining Accidents

Collection

Coal on Film

Released

1931

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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