10am An explosion occured at Strongmen Mine North of Greymouth. At the time Strongman Mine was the largest underground mine in New Zealand and had an impeccable safety record since its opening in 1939. At the time of the explosion there were 240 men working but the fire ball hit a wet patch in the mine and slowed down and extinguished itself.
19 men were killed. The mine is still on fire today, Flooding the mine has not worked as they have been unable to block all air holes.