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Low Moor centenary: Exhibition opens to mark factory tragedy

Low Moor disaster Image copyright Graham Hall Collection
Image caption The first explosion at Low Moor in Bradford was heard as far away as York, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said

An exhibition to mark the centenary of a Bradford munitions factory tragedy which saw 40 people killed has opened.

An explosion ripped through the Low Moor Munitions Company, New Works Road, on 21 August 1916, with the resulting fire triggering further explosions.

The site produced picric acid to colour carpets, but was converted into a munitions factory during World War One.

The exhibition, at Bradford City Hall, contains medals awarded to firefighters and items from a destroyed fire engine.

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Image caption Forty people were killed, including six firemen who fought to put the fire out

Six firemen died while trying to battle the fire, which took three days to put out.

About 100 hundred people were injured, 50 homes had to be demolished and a further 2,000 properties were damaged, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

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Image caption The exhibition at Bradford City Hall includes photos, medals and a figurine of one of the firefighters who attended the fire

Councillor Geoff Reid, Lord Mayor of Bradford, opened the exhibition and said it was dedicated to the firemen who "put their lives on the line".

"This tragedy is an event in Bradford's history which should not be forgotten," he said.

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