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By Electric Telegraph,

From Oub Special Cobbespondent,



A serious explosion took place ia tha en gino room of the Ashburton gasworks last night. The stoker. J Ibel, had occasion to go to the engine room with a light, and a!moft immediately a loud explosion tork place. The engine room was wrecked, and the roof blown e'ean off. but, strange to siy, neither of the engines wore bady damaged. Ibel was badly burnt about the arms and face, and had to be taken away to tbe hospital. The report of the explosion wag heard a lorp; distance away, und boime in tbe vicinity of the gasworks were shaken as though by an earthquake, but no damage was don°.

Aα explosion took place at the Borough Council's electrio power bouse. E. C. P ice, the ercond engineer, with a lad named B, Johnstone was in charge of the powerhouse, and at the time was working at one of the engines, and Jobnstone was working in the same room, when, suddenly, an explosion took place in the expansion chambar. The bead of the expansiou chamber was blown out, aud the first plates were blown off and shot up to ihe roof. Price was thrown some little diatunce, Oα hearing the explosion, Johnstone walked round and saw Price lying on the floor Several people living in the vicinity of the power house heard a loud raport, and immediately hurried down to ascertain the cause. Price was carried out badly hurt in the thigh and badly bruised about the body. He was also suffering Berioulsy from shock, but retained hiß presence of mind puflioiently to warn those who came to his assistance not to enter the powerhouse till all daager of further explosion was over. Price was subsequently conveyed ts bis private residence. Mr W Gill, the ohief engineer at the power houße, is unable at present to suggest any cause for the explosion in the expansion chamber, but the Government Inspector of Machinery has arrived, and is mabirjg an investigation;

The effect of the explosion at the Gas. ■ works was felt in many houses, and those wbo were sitting quietly at borne thought it was an earthquake. J. Ibel, the stoker, lives about a quarter of a mile away, end, strange to say, hie own house was so violently shaken tbat one of his ohildren who was •sound asleep in bed was thrown dean out on to the floor. A child of Mrs McSweeney'e, a near neighbour, was thrown off a chair on to the floor. In many houses lamp glasses wtre smashed. Ibel passed a fairly Rood night, alter leing taken to the hospital, and is this morn- , ing suffering seriously f'om shook. _ He was alone at tbe Gasworks at the time. On hearing the explosion. Mr Scott, who lives olo=e by, ran across, and Baw that Ibel had managed to leave tbf works, though in a very dazed condition, ana suffering preat pain from the burns on his arms and face. Many of the houses in the vicinity ol tne Gasworks were violently shaken.

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TELEGRAPHIC., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Issue 3412, 7 April 1915

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TELEGRAPHIC. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Issue 3412, 7 April 1915

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