Ex­plo­sion was ‘like an aero­plane had

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

WIT­NESSES have com­pared the force of the ex­plo­sion at the Bosley wood mill to a plane crash­ing on the vil­lage.

Hor­ri­fied res­i­dents liv­ing near the site said the ground shook be­neath their feet when the blast struck at around at 9.10am on Fri­day

The ex­plo­sion de­stroyed the four-storey mill, leav­ing what fire crews called a ‘scene of dev­as­ta­tion’ and ‘pile of twisted me­tal’.

Tim Doggett, who lives on Lakeside in the vil­lage, said: “I was at home when it hap­pened. I thought a plane had crashed.

“It was a huge ex­plo­sion, like some­thing from a hor­ror movie. My win­dows shook and I rushed out­side. I saw a huge yel­low or­ange dust cloud with black pieces.

“It feels a lot worse as it’s our friends af­fected. Ev­ery­one in Bosley knows some­one at the mill. It was hor­rific.”

Res­i­dent Bill Douse said he thought a plane had crashed when he heard the ex­plo­sion. Mr Douse, 72, who is tower cap­tain of the St Mary’s Church bell ringers, said: “Ev­ery­body is dev­as­tated. I heard a ter­rific ex­plo­sion. I came over to the pub and watched the flames com­ing up into the air. Bosley Cloud was shrouded in smoke for a cou­ple of hours.”

A man who was near the Har­ring­ton Arms at the time of the ex­plo­sion and asked not to be named,

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