Crash-landed on the vil­lage’

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

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.

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