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Bersham Heritage Centre & Ironworks
Bersham
Wrexham LL14 4HT
United Kingdom

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Explosives wagon

Coal mines are dangerous places: explosive and poisonous gases, fire, floods, roof collapses. Not really the place to take a load of dynamite! It was the job of the 'fireman' to look after the explosives and he had the key to unlock this wagon.

The 'fireman' or 'deputy' was in charge of shot firing underground. Shot firing was the process of blasting rock when driving 'roads' to reach the new coal seams. The wagon was used to safely transport the explosive underground and to ensure none was lost on the way.

The 'fireman' got his name from when centuries ago a man would be sent down the pit in wet sacking and carrying a flaming torch. His task was to check for and burn off the poisonous gases and hopefully not blow himself and the pit up in the process.

Did you know?
Miners have special names for the gases found underground: Blackdamp (a suffocating mix of Nitrogen and Carbon dioxide), Firedamp (a highly explosive mix of methane), Whitedamp (poisonous Carbon monoxide), Stinkdamp (smelly and poisonous Hydrogen sulphide) and Afterdamp (a poisonous gas that is the by-product of underground explosions). 'Damp' comes from the German word for gas.
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