SE8715 : The Flixborough Disaster

taken 10 years ago, near to Flixborough, North Lincolnshire, Great Britain

The Flixborough Disaster
The Flixborough Disaster
Memorial to those who died as a result of an explosion at the Nypro chemical works in Flixborough on Saturday, 1st June 1974, which killed 28 people and seriously injured 36. The massive fuel-air explosion completely destroyed the plant and it is thought that had it happened on a weekday more than 500 employees would almost certainly have been killed. The factory was rebuilt much to the dismay of local residents but closed a few years later due to falling nylon prices and was demolished in 1981.

The memorial, a bronze casting of mallards in flight, was placed in front of the offices at the rebuilt site in 1977. It was moved to its current location in the churchyard at All Saints' when the factory closed. In 1984 the sculpture was stolen and has never been recovered, although the plinth bearing the names of those who died still stands outside the church in Flixborough.
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Saturday, 23 June, 2007   (more nearby)
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Monday, 25 June, 2007
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Memorial > Memorial   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 872 150 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:37.4941N 0:40.9172W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 872 150
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