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Sturry near Canterbury, was shaken by a serious explosion, and great alarm was caused among residents. In a distance of 250 yards along the main street five manhole covers, each weighing a hundredweight, blew off in rapid succession and were hurled about six feet in the air. The cause is believed to have been an accumulation of expanding gas in the Post Office telephone cable pipes. The main road to Margate was carrying little traffic at the time but there were one or two narrow escapes. One cover blew off just behind a police-man and a cyclist was thrown from his machine which was damaged beyond repair.