Three Hebburn mothers are today thankful for the miraculous escape of their youngest boys in an explosion at an old Hebburn pit shaft yesterday, the blast from which blew out walls and smashed windows within a radius of 300 yards.
“It was like a bomb going off” said Mrs Gibbs, of 56, Lyon Street, Hebburn. Her son Charles, aged eight, was one of the three boys burned and is the only one to be detained in Hebburn Infirmary. The others are Roy Gatenby, nine years, of 60 Lyon Street, and Norman Woodhall, 11 years, of 137 William Street.
SAW BLUE LIGHT
The three boys lit a fire near the heavy wooden gates of the old shaft. “It was not a big fire” said Norman Woodhall to an Evening News reporter today, as he lay in bed at his home.
“Soon after it was burning, a blue light came from between the doors of the shaft. I thought there might be an explosion and called upon the other boys to run.
“When we were about ten feet from the doors of the shaft the explosion occurred and we were all blown down.”
The explosion was believed to be due to an accumulation of gas.
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