Fauld Explosion

During WWII, the RAF used the old plaster mine at Fauld, England, as storage for up to 20,000 tons of ammunition. 64 years ago today, on the 27th November 1944, the underground ammunition store blew up. The explosion was to this day, the world’s biggest non-nuclear explosion1 (Update: biggest non-nuclear explosion on UK soil). Nearly 4,000 tons of ordnance exploded, and eye witnesses reported seeing two distinct columns of black smoke rising hundreds of metres from the resulting crater, which is still clearly visible today. Although at least 70 people died as a result of the explosion, many…

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