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Sankey Sugar Co Ltd of Earlstown, near Warrington
1935 'WORKS EXPLOSION. Piece Of Fly-Wheel Hurled Quarter Of A Mile. An explosion in an engine-house at the works of Sankey Sugar, Ltd., Earlstown, Lancashire, on Saturday night burst a 15ft. fly-wheel of an engine and hurled pieces of metal in various directions. One piece of the fly-wheel, which weighed 6cwt., was blown for quarter of mile, and after landing in the works football field, it rebounded over a two-feet fence and embedded itself three feet in the ground. Another piece of about the same weight was hurled a further 200 feet, and was embedded in the ground to a depth of about six feet. A similar piece was flung over the Sankey and St. Helen's Canal, which lies in the opposite direction. Employees at the works and a number of children near the ground had narrow escapes.'