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Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1813, Sunday, December 26, 1830

[Woolwich Arsenal]

An explosion took place in the Woolwich Arsenal on Saturday morning, in consequence of a spark having fallen on a rocket whilst the men were breaking up some old rockets. A blacksmith's shop was blown to pieces, although the walls were three feet thick. No lives were lost; but a man, named Cousins, was very much hurt. Great exertions were used to extinguish the fire, and in about half an hour it was completely got under.