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London's biggest explosion

The rescue effort

Local rescue efforts

Barking Road Wesleyan Methodist Church. Feeding people left homeless after the Silvertown Explosion.
View full size imageFeeding homeless people at the Barking Road Weslyean Methodist Church. © NMM
The immediate local response was massive. The army, emergency services, charities, local government officers and ordinary people rushed to Silvertown. First aid stations were set up in the surrounding streets to deal with the thousands of minor injuries.

Hundreds of ordinary people searched through the rubble for survivors and provided shelter for the thousands of homeless people. By the following evening 600 people were being hous