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A CARTRIDGE FAOTORY BLOWN UP. GREAT LOBS OF LIFE; (j?db Press Awooiatiox,] Brussels, September 6. An explosion occurred at a cartridge factory at. Antwerp to-day ; 200 work, men were killed and 100 were wounded. Several petroleum factories adjoining caught fire, and 100,000 barrels of petroleum were burnt. Brussels, September %. It was at Corvilain s cartridge factory that the explosion took; plaoe. It much resembled an earthquake, Its effect was even mpre, disastrous than at first re* posted, and it is now estimated that f ally 800 persons were killed and 1000 | wounded. The river Scheldt was covered with burning petroleum, bnt fortunately the wind was blowing m a direction that left the shipping untouched. Two hundred factory girls were either killed or seriously injured. The general damage to the port, including the Bourse, was most extensivo, and it is feared that the steeple of the Cathedral is injured. Every window m Antwerp was broken. All the crane machinery m connection with the port lies m ruing. Later. A block of buildings covering a space of two acres was destroyed by the fire which occurred after the, petroleum explosion, (Reoeived September 9, 12.30 p.m.) Brussels, September %. The explosion of the cartridge factory at Antwerp was heard at Ghent, and the flameß were visible at Brussels. A terrible panic wbb occasioned by the catastrophe and a. number of soldiers engaged ' m preserving qrder were suflb,- \ cated. The firemen wer<j impotent, Five. , acres of buildings weif destroyed. The windows of tf*e Cathedr^ vvero smashed py tho force of the explosion and foe i towwfowfltWfed. **

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A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2221, 9 September 1889

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A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2221, 9 September 1889

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