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New photographs released on anniversary of bombing

Remarkable images released by Manchester Fire and Rescue Service give new insight into the scale of destruction caused by the IRA bomb attack.

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New photographs released on anniversary of bombing

Today is the 18th anniversary of the IRA bomb attack in Manchester. Credit: Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Remarkable images released by Manchester Fire and Rescue Service give new insight into the scale of destruction caused by the IRA bomb attack.

The previously unseen photographs were released today to mark the 18th anniversary of the blast.

Hundreds were injured but there were no fatalities in the blast. Credit: Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

The attack took place on Saturday 15 June 1996 when a 3,300-pound (1,500 kg) bomb, placed in a van on Corporation Street, exploded at around 11.20am - wrecking the busy shopping area of the city centre.

A total of 69 images have been released by Greater Manchester Fire Service. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The bomb was the biggest ever to explode on mainland Britain.

Two hundred and twelve people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

Several buildings near the explosion were damaged beyond repair and had to be demolished.

All the 35mm film images were scanned by one of a volunteer. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

The perpetrators of the attack have never been caught.

To view all 69 of the images, visit the Flickr page of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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