Crash-landed on the village’
described a ‘huge fireball’ in the sky.
Jack Swindells, who used to work at the mill, said: “I heard a loud bang, then I saw the smoke. It’s a big shock to everyone in the village.”
Charlotte Maher, who lives close to the mill, said: “The house completely shook. We thought it was an earthquake. Black smoke started coming out and we heard the sirens.
“Because Bosley is such a small village, a lot of people we know work there.
“It’s a major devastation for the village.”
Others spoke of their shock after the incident.
Patrick Jones, 52, from Biddulph, is a worker from the mill who left his shift at 6am.
He said: “I heard about what had happened and couldn’t believe it.”
Harvey Wilmot, who runs a car showroom on Smithy Lane, said: “I used to store cars down near the site. I heard a loud bang and the building shook. It was pandemonium, like the scene of a terrorist attack.”
Children at Bosley St Mary’s Primary School were on their way to an end-of-term service at a church when they heard the bang.
They were taken back to the school to protect them from toxic fumes.