Courrieres Mine Disaster 1906http://www.mineaccidents.com.au/mine-accident/162/courrieres-mine-disaster-1906
Date Written: 01/04/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22174
The devastating mine disaster in 1906 that killed over 1,000 workers in Courrieres, France, is remembered.
At about 3 p.m. on the afternoon of March 9, a fire began 270 meters underground in what was known as the Cecil pit. Unable to immediately extinguish it, workers decided to close the pit's outlets and starve the fire of air. The following morning, with 1,795 workers inside the mine's deep tunnels, a huge explosion issued forth from the Cecil pit. Apparently, fissures in the pit's walls had allowed in flammable gases that were then sparked by the still-smoldering fire. It was 7 a.m. when debris rocketed out of the tunnels' openings. Several people on the surface were killed by the blast and the roof a mine office was blown right off the building.