Ashton Munitions Explosion brushed metal plaque in Ashton-under-Lyne
This sculpture was designed with considerable help from children at St.Peter's Primary School, Ashton to remember The Ashton Munitions Explosion. At 4.22pm on Wednesday 13 June 1917, 5 tons of TNT exploded at the Hooley Hill Rubber and Chemical Factory on William Street, near to Oxford Street, in Ashton. A plaque is near to the site of the disaster on William Street to commemorate where 46 people were killed and more than 400 were injured with hundreds more made homeless. Many of the killed were children on the way home from school on that fine June afternoon.