May, 2004

This is a repeating event

200411MayAll DayStockline Plastics Explosion 2004ICL Plastics Glasgow (GB) Industry:WarehouseCountry:United KingdomLanguage:ENLoC:Deterioration Origin: HSE Incident:VCEHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Effects:1-10 FatalitiesMaterial:LPG


On Tuesday 11 May 2004, at about noon, an explosion occurred at Grovepark Mills, Maryhill, Glasgow which caused the substantial collapse of the former Mill building. As a result, 9 people lost their lives and 45 people were seriously injured or exposed to the risk of death or injury.

The immediate cause of the explosion was the escape of LPG from the substantially corroded underground pipework at the cracked right-angled bend close to the southern wall of the building, the tracking of the escaped gas into the basement of the building at the west end, the accumulation of the gas in the basement to a point where it constituted an explosive mixture in air, and the ignition of that mixture.

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HSEUK Health & Safety Executive


11th May 2004