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15th March 1851: Nitshill Disaster

61 miners died on the 15th March in 1851 after an explosion at Nitshill Colliery in Glasgow. The explosion trapped the miners one thousand feet below ground. Forty-five hours after the explosion two men, badly burned, were brought out alive as the result of rescue attempts. The Nitshill disaster was Scotland's first major colliery disaster.



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