Excellent picture Billy. It shows the devastation these explosions cause when things go wrong. With regard to the Lanesfield explosion, the newspaper report states,
“About one-third of the boiler was ripped off and flew off at an angle and, avoiding the canal, falling in a flat mass on the wharf of the Parkfield Company, 150 yards away.”
I suppose it was lucky that only two people were killed in the explosion. The injured were variously stated as between three and twenty.
I have newspaper reports from the Birmingham Daily Post, London Standard, Cheshire Observer, and the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent, so the next stop is Wolverhampton archives to get the report from the Express and Star.