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On the 14th October 1913, tragedy again came to Senghenydd when over 400 men were trapped underground by an explosion and fire which ripped through the underground tunnels just after 8am, just 2 hours into the morning shift. The explosion was so intense it was heard 11 miles away in Cardiff.

Rescuers battled for days to recover the wounded and dead. The first funeral was held 3 days later but it was not until the middle of November that all the bodies were recovered. The 439 dead included 63 teenagers and 162 young men in their twenties.


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