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A small village in Lancashire remembers lost relatives and friends on the anniversary of an explosion at a water pumping station.

It's thirty years since the blast forever changed the lives of those in St Michaels on Wyre. Water officials had taken people on a tour of Abbeystead Station, north of the village, to convince them it wasn't responsible for flooding.

Underground methane ignited while they were inside. 16 died, many more were injured.


Abbeystead disaster 30 years on


Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Abbeystead disaster in Lancashire in which 16 people were killed. They died in an explosion whilst on a tour of a water treatment plant in the village of St Michael's on Wyre.

A group of 44 visitors were inside the underground building being shown around by North West Water Authority to demonstrate the operation of the station when it happened. Eight of the group died instantly whilst others were killed when the roof collapsed on them.