Forgotten Stories – the Ronan Point explosion

Forgotten Stories – the Ronan Point explosion

The shocking events of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 immediately brought back vivid memories of the Ronan Point tower block explosion. Next month marks the 50th anniversary of the accident, which killed four people and injured 17 more.

A domestic gas explosion on May 16, 1968, led to the partial collapse of the new development in Canning Town, which had opened for residents just two weeks earlier. A subsequent government inquiry revealed that no laws had been broken, but recommended significant changes to the existing regulations.

A vivid look back at the accident, featuring eyewitness memories, as well as archive film and photography material, has been put together by Ricky Chambers. Click through to his Vimeo page to watch the full story.

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