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Jubilee Mill, Clitheroe

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  • 1906 'FLY WHEEL BURSTS. Kills Two Men and Wrecks a House at Clitheroe. A boiler explosion occurred early yesterday morning at the Jubilee Cotton Weaving Mill, Clitheroe, whereby two firemen named Penny and Dawson, were killed, and others were injured. The engine-house was completely wrecked. The mill worked by Messrs. Southworth and Sons. Great excitement prevailed among operatives, and many fainted at the shocking spectacle. Another report states that when the explosion occurred the huge driving wheel and a mass of iron were blown through the room into the weaving shed adjoining, carrying injury and destruction everywhere. Engineer Hammond Dawson and Boilerman Thomas Penny were killed on the spot, their bodies being frightfully mutilated. Six weavers had to be medically attended, and, from the destruction wrought, it is marvellous that no more were killed. The Press Association's Clitheroe correspondent, telegraphing later, says one the most extraordinary accidents happened yesterday morning at Messrs. Southworth's Jubilee Mill. At first it was thought to be a boiler explosion, but this was not so. It appears that about half-past seven, while the mill was running as usual, over 1,200 looms being at work, the machinery started running quickly. Then something like an explosion ocurred, and all was excitement. It transpires that the engine somehow got off too fast, and then suddenly rebounded, with the result that the massive fly-wheel and driving wheel burst, with terrific force, The whole of the engine-house was wrecked, the roof being carried away, Pieces of the wheel and massive masonry were thrown great distances, and two men, as stated, were killed, and several injured. [1]

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  1. Western Times, Wednesday 25th April 1906