Guy Fawkes and a historic error

31st October 2003 at 00:00
The police have just issued their usual fireworks warnings about the dangers of Guy Fawkes night.

Throughout history fireworks conflagrations have often been the result of astonishing carelessness. When a fireworks manufacturer's powder store in Spitalfields, London, caught fire and blew up in 1815, totally destroying three houses, wrecking four others and killing at least nine people, it was reported: "The fire is said to have been occasioned by Mr Lichileau (the firework manufacturer) striking a light to look for some squibs..."

Dr A D Harvey 273 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16

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