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worst disaster was at Fauld in Staffordshire. A gypsum quarry had
been converted to an underground ammunition depot and stocked to
over-capacity in preparation for the D-day landings.
minutes past eleven on Monday 27 November 1944 four thousand tons
of bombs stored underground detonated en masse. The blast took two
farms and much of the nearby village of Hanbury with it; seventy
men and women lost their lives.
explosion, which earned the dubious and lasting distinction of being
the largest and most devastating on the British mainland, left a
crater three quarters of a mile long and half a mile wide.
view of the crater left by the explosion
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