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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.

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

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

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