MEMORY LANE: Big bang theory wrecks laboratory

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1966, A wartime bunker being used by Sheffield University for secret experiments was completely destroyed by an explosion powerful enough to blow off the nine inch thick reinforced concrete roof. The remote bunker behind the Mines Research Establishment was being used to study an experimental method of producing cheap electricity.
Buxton Advertiser archive, 1966, A wartime bunker being used by Sheffield University for secret experiments was completely destroyed by an explosion powerful enough to blow off the nine inch thick reinforced concrete roof. The remote bunker behind the Mines Research Establishment was being used to study an experimental method of producing cheap electricity.

This wartime bunker in Buxton being used by Sheffield University for secret experiments was completely destroyed in 1966 by an explosion powerful enough to blow off the nine-inch-thick reinforced concrete roof.

The remote bunker behind the old Safety in Mines Research Establishment was being used to study an experimental method of producing cheap electricity.

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1966, A wartime bunker being used by Sheffield University for secret experiments was completely destroyed by an explosion powerful enough to blow off the nine inch thick reinforced concrete roof. The remote bunker behind the Mines Research Establishment was being used to study an experimental method of producing cheap electricity.

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1966, A wartime bunker being used by Sheffield University for secret experiments was completely destroyed by an explosion powerful enough to blow off the nine inch thick reinforced concrete roof. The remote bunker behind the Mines Research Establishment was being used to study an experimental method of producing cheap electricity.

As well as wrecking scientific equipment, smashing a car and scattering wreckage over a wide area, the explosion was heard for miles around.