The Village Of Loscoe
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Loscoe is a small village near Heanor in Derbyshire, England.
The research for Highfield House dates back to 1650 or possibly as early as 1630. This may now be the oldest surviving house in Loscoe as many houses in the village were demolished due to subsidence.
1986 landfill gas explosion
Loscoe was the site of a landfill gas migration explosion on 24 March 1986. Although there were no fatalities, one house was completely destroyed by the blast and the three occupants injured. On the night of the explosion the atmospheric air pressure fell 29 hPa (29 mbar) over a 7 hour period, causing the gas to be released from the ground in much greater quantities than usual. In the four hours before the explosion, which occurred at approximately 6.30am, the local meteorological office had recorded average falls of 4 hPa (4 mbar) per hour. Several cubic metres of landfill gas (consisting of a 3:2 mixture of methane and carbon dioxide) collected under the ground near 51 Clarke Avenue and as the gas expanded it flowed into the space beneath the floor from where it was drawn by convection to the gas central heating boiler and ignited.
This disaster led (in Britain) to the introduction of key legislation and government guidance and much research into landfill behaviour and best practice at landfill sites. Over time, these were designed to vent gas to atmosphere, then to burn off methane and eventually in the most productive, to turn the gas into electricity using gas turbines which supply the national grid.
BMX racer Dale Holmes was born in the area.
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