|Original newspaper article transcribed by Sarah Gilbert|
Falling, according to the engineer in charge, within six inches of the place where he intended it to go, a 100-feet high chimney stack crashed to the ground at Burton Latimer shortly after noon to-day (Tuesday).
The stack formed part of the former factory at the “Old Mill,” Finedon-road, belonging to Messrs. C. E. and H. B. Groome Ltd, which was gutted by fire in April last.
The charred walls of the building and the stack have stood derelict since then, and operations to demolish the walls and stack were started on Monday and continued to-day.
Mr. W. Couzens, an engineer, of
He stated that about 100 half-pound shots of gelignite had been used during the destruction of the building. Nine shots were used to bring the chimney down.
“I have been doing this for 33 years,” he said, “and I can guarantee to bring a stack down within six inches of where I want it. This one came down according to plan.”
During the destruction of the walls of the building several small pieces of brick were blown by the force of the explosives on to the road where people were standing, and on Tuesday one spectator was struck on the knee by a piece of flying brick, but was not seriously hurt.