"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

August 31, 2012

WINDSCALE - 1957



On Oct. 10, 1957, fire struck Pile 1 at the Windscale nuclear power station in West Cumbria.

"There was no smoke and no flames and most local people were oblivious to what is generally seen as the world's first nuclear accident," the BBC said.

It took several tries for nuclear station personnel  to suppress the flames.