Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.


THE DAMAGE IT DID. , • ,Oa x Saturday afternoon a most extraordinary* occurrence took place at Lyttelton. Three sailors crowing the Port Hills, started a large boulder, weighing about atdnorso. It went careering down the hill, gathering way as it plunged along on its headlong passage, and tearing through i Mr Nalder's garden, took a great leap down into the town below. It bounded . with a fearful crash into the gasometer at , the gas works, setting free about 12,500 feet of gas stored therein for the night's supply. Had the loss of the gas been - the only trouble, not much damage might ' have been done, but the freed., gas took fire, and a flame 70 feet high shot up. The . flame did not last long, to be sure,' but it set fire to the surrounding wood-work, and there was a lively time for a few minutes. Ultimately, however, thanks 1 to the exertions of the Fire Brigade and the ' townspeople, the danger was' averted, and the mischief kept 1 wifl-in v,"-\ Vn\\v<. The gas took fire as it •*' ,ru'-?i(<i i.»" mv<:-:]< :u through the purifying room and the retort room where the furnaces were. The stone in its passage . down the hillside took leaps of 40 yards at a time, and one man was missed by it by only a few feet. No damage to either life or limb resulted. There was, of course, no gas light in Lyttelton on Saturday (.night in consequence of the accident. ' The stone which did all the damage, 7 • smashed right through the gasometer, and is. now inside of it. Besides the hole made in the plates, which are about the sixteenth of an inch thick, there is a dent . about eight or nine feet long, which will have to be straightened out. The sailors were arrested, and will have to appear before the R.M. to answer for their freak, ' .which might have very easily ended most disastrously.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

Bibliographic details

A ROLLING STONE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890

Word Count

A ROLLING STONE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2406, 21 April 1890