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St Mary's Axe Bomb 27 years on!

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St Mary's Axe Bomb 27 years on!

Post by Messy » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:52 pm

I was reminded earlier that today is the 27th anniversary of the most expensive fatal incident I attended in 32 years in the fire service

On this day about 20:00hrs, 10th April 1992. The IRA left a truck bomb outside the Baltic Exchange in St Mary Axe in the city of London. The subsequent explosion caused an estimated £800 million worth of damage (the equivalent of £1,470 million today) which was £200 million more than the total damage caused by the 10,000 explosions that had occurred during the Troubles in Northern Ireland up to that point. (that is some statistic :shock: )

3 people died and 79 were injured. I spent about 10 hours on the scene, only interrupted when the IRA blew another building and flyover up in north London which sent some resources scurrying to Staples Corner Hendon. No injuries there thank God

The photos below simply do not show the enormity of the damage and the violence that was unleashed that night. Truly shocking - but how many people remember this bomb? The subsequent Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf bomb got much more coverage, but this job will stay with me to my grave

NB: The Gherkin Tower block was later built on the site where the bomb exploded
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Re: St Mary's Axe Bomb 27 years on!

Post by abarnett » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:20 am

If you forgive the tower block on the right, your first image wouldn't look out of place alongside pictures of the blitz.
Must have been a horrific day...

Just have to hope that the whole Brexit carnage doesn't reopen this particularly nasty can of worms in Ireland again.... :(

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Re: St Mary's Axe Bomb 27 years on!

Post by Alexis » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:22 am

abarnett wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:20 am
If you forgive the tower block on the right, your first image wouldn't look out of place alongside pictures of the blitz.
Must have been a horrific day...

Just have to hope that the whole Brexit carnage doesn't reopen this particularly nasty can of worms in Ireland again.... :(

Andy
Couldn't agree more Andy. We mustn't let these days rear their ugly heads again. .pale
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