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Troops inspect wreckage after the Silvertown Explosion. On 19 January 1917, there was a massive explosion 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. Two days later, John Avery photographed army personnel inspecting the wreckage at the docks. Aside from the flour mills and other ruined buildings, many thousands of pounds worth of goods were left exposed to the elements in the aftermath including this cargo from Italy.
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