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Scene at Silvertown following an explosion in a munitions factory
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Scene at Silvertown following an explosion in a munitions factory
Scene at Silvertown following an explosion in a munitions factory on 19 January 1917. Snow covered derelict buildings, with houses, wharves and Millennium Mills in the distance
1917
London Metropolitan Archives
London's Waterways
On the evening of 19 January 1917 there was a fire and a huge explosion at the Brunner-Mond munitions factory at Crescent Wharf, Silvertown. T.N.T. explosive was refined there despite the factory being in a built-up area. 73 people were killed and over 400 injured while more than 60,000 properties were destroyed or damaged leaving many people homeless. There are thirteen further photographs showing the aftermath of the explosion. See Record numbers 324547 to 324558.
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