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[per press association.] Wellington, July 2. About half-past eight this evening, Messrs Cato and McLennan, accountants, entered the strong room of the National Bank, Lambton Quay, and struck a light. A violent explosion followed, and Mr Cato was knocked clown, and Mr McLennan was severely burnt about the face. Exactly opposite the strong room is the entrance to the Bank. The plate glass m the inner door was shivered to fragments, and the heavy double outer doors were torn off their hinges and thrown upon the pavement m a shattered condition. There were three windows m the froivt wall belonging to rooms of which the doors happened to be open. The plate glass m these windows was also shivered into small pieces, and hurled across the roadway, which they covered for yards. The Venetian blinds were torn up, and, m one instance, entirely thrown out into the street m the shape of matchwood. Considering that they were m the direct line of the explosion, which was powerful enough to smash up a double set of doors six feet away, Messrs | Cato and McLennan had a wonderful escape of their lives. No damage was done m the Bank. On examination it { was found that one of the gas pipes had a large hole m it. Strauge to say, no one appeared to be passing the Bank at the J time, though the street is one of the principal thoroughfares m the city, otherwise they could scarcely have escaped serious injury from the shower of glass and wood. The Bank is exactly m front of the tram crossing, but no cars were, there at the time.

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GAS EXPLOSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890

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GAS EXPLOSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890