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Damage caused by the Silvertown explosion. On 19 January 1917, a massive explosion occurred in Silvertown, south of the Royal Victoria Dock. In Messrs Brunner Mond & Co's munitions works, 50 tons of T.N.T. blew up, killing 73 people and damaging up to 70,000 buildings, including some at the dock. The noise of the blast could be heard as far away as Southampton and Norwich. The grain silos and warehouses of the flourmills were amongst the 17 acres that the Port of London Authority estimated were damaged. These were the Millennium Mills, owned by William Vernon & Sons, the Rank Premier Mill, belonging to Joseph Rank Limited and the Co-operative Wholesale Society Mill. John H Avery photographed the wreckage immediately and throughout the reconstruction, which was completed in 1921.
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