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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 6:15 am 
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Saturday 16 August 1851

Thunder Storm
On Thursday last, Burnley was visited by a severe thunder storm, which lasted nearly the entire day. The rain fell in torrents, while the thunder and lightening were such as become a winter more than a summer storm. A cow, belonging to Mr. Greenwood, cow dealer, was found dead in the field, but whether from the effects of the electric fluid or not we cannot tell.

Considerable excitement prevailed for a short time in Burnley, on Tuesday evening last, in consequence of a rumour that a power-loom shed belonging to Messrs. James and Nathan Smallpage, cotton spinners and sizers, at Lane Bridge, had fallen in. It appears that some labourers had been excavating some ground for the purpose of forming a sluice to insert pipes to convey the steam power from the building in question to a shed recently erected, and having gone below the foundation of the building, the wall on the south side gave way, and was bent upwards so considerably that the whole wall will have to be taken down. It was about half-past seven o'clock ehen the accident happened, or the result might have been serious, as the looms and machinery were at work about an hour and a half previously, and their vibration might have bought the whole fabric down, - as it was, only two or three looms were injured, and a few windows broken.


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