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Some of the victims were 10 to 13 years old. Rescue efforts throughout that afternoon and evening were made easier by the lack of fire in No.
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A subsequent inquiry determined that sufficient gas detectors in working order had been present in the two collieries; however, the ignition source of the explosion was never determined, despite investigators having pinpointed its general location. The song "La Mine" allegedly traditional by the French Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord on their album La part du feu relates to the explosion.
The flow of air disturbed the dust on the ascending train cars and spread throughout the air of the shafts of No. Before the train reached the surface, hll cars broke loose and ran back down the slope of No. The resulting explosion blew the slope up to the surface where the additional oxygen created a huge blast, which leveled the bankhead on the surface — where the coal is hauled out from the mine in an angled shaft into a vertical building the coal is then dropped into railway cars.
Most of the devastation was sustained by the surface buildings, but many miners were trapped in the shaft along with the derailed train cars and fallen sppring timbers and other items damaged by the explosion. International media coverage of the explosion was largely overshadowed by the Soviet invasion of Hungary and the Suez Crisiswhich happened at about the same time.
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Nevertheless, Canadian and local media gave extensive coverage to the disaster. In Januarythe bodies of the remaining casualties were recovered from the pit, and No. The bump, which occurred on October 23,was the most severe " bump " underground seismic event in North American frew history. The bump injured Springhill residents and devastated the town's economy. Springhill's No.
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Mining techniques there had been changed 20 years before the bump, from " room and pillar " to " long wall retreating" after reports had shown the increased danger of "bump" phenomena resulting from the former technique. However, just over an hour later, at pm, an enormous bump "severely impacted the middle of the three walls that were being mined and the ends of the four levels nearest the walls".
Miners not saved by being either in side galleries or some other shelter were immediately crushed during the bump, the coal galleries and faces being completely destroyed. Rescue teams continued working, but the of rockfalls and the amount of debris slowed progress. Meanwhile, the Canadian and international news media had made their way to Springhill.
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Arnie Patterson  was the public relations spokesman for the Company, and relayed news of the progress of rescue and later recovery to the families of the miners and to reporters. The disaster became famous for being the first major international event to appear in live television broadcasts on the CBC . As the world waited and those on the surface sitess their vigil, rescuers continued to toil below ground trying to reach trapped survivors. A rescue tunnel was dug; it broke through to the trapped miners at am on Thursday, October 30, On Saturday, November 1,another group of survivors was found.
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None were found thereafter. Instead, bodies of soring dead were hauled out in airtight aluminum coffins, on of the advanced stage of decomposition, accelerated by the Earth's heat in the depths of No. Of the miners in No. The aftermath[ edit ] The bump had profound and long-lasting effects on the town and sitrs the public imagination. In the media crush at the pithead the shaft entrance at the surfacereporters rushed to speak with survivors, particularly the two groups of miners who had been trapped until Thursday and Sunday respectively.
When asked what he wanted most, survivor Douglas Jewkes replied, "A 7 Up ".
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Following this high-profile media event and unexpected " plug ", the 7 Up company hired him as a spokesman. Several miners mesaage their rescuers were invited onto The Ed Sullivan Show. For Ruddick, the only black man in the group, racism dimmed his moment in the spotlight. An aide to the Governor of the U.
Upon learning that Ruddick was black, the governor said that Ruddick would have to be segregated. Ruddick agreed to the governor's terms so that the other miners' vacations would not be ruined; but he and his family stayed in a trailer apart from his colleagues.
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Ruddick died in As of [update]Springhill is the only community to have received that award, usually reserved for individual acts of heroism. Representations in popular culture[ edit ] In music On November 7, a week after the last survivors were rescued from The Bumpbluegrass musician Bill Clifton recorded "Springhill Disaster", a song that he adapted from a poem written by the celebrated survivor, Maurice Ruddick.
U2 performed the song at fifteen concerts,  and were televised live in Peggy Seeger came to Springhill inwhere she sang the song on the 50th anniversary of the bump. Canadian folk group Tanglefoot refer to the bump in their song "Hard Work" on their album Dance Like Flames. After the puppies are stolen, there is an image of a newspaper front ; under the headline "15 puppies are dognapped from home", there is an of the bump.