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Structure in General
On 16th May 1968, one Ivy Hodge, a resident on the 18th floor, made a cup of tea on her gas stove which caused a minor explosion estimated at around 2 lbs per sq inch pressure. The resultant explosion (which she survived) caused a progressive collapse at the corner of the building killing four people, injured 17 and destroying one whole end.
The accident called into question the 'system-built' blocks that were being erected all across Britain in the 1960s, and made the British public wary of high-rise living.
Ronan Point was system-built from large, pre-formed concrete panels and was poorly constructed with critical bolts being omitted.
Ronan Point was refurbished and strengthened after the accident, but it was finally torn down in 1986. All that remains today is a small, single-storey electrical sub-station which was once housed in Ronin Point's basement.
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