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Inspecting wreckage after the Silvertown Explosion. On 19 January 1917, a massive explosion occurred in Silvertown, south of the Royal Victoria Dock. In Messrs Brunner, Mond and Company'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 at the Royal Victoria Dock were heavily damaged, including the Millennium Mills shown in this photo. Thousands of pounds worth of goods were also left exposed to the elements. This picture of an inspection was taken three weeks after the explosion. John Avery photographed the wreckage immediately after the event and throughout the reconstruction, which was eventually completed in 1921.
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