2012 Oldham explosion

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Milnrow Road, 27 June 2012

The 2012 Oldham explosion occurred on 26 June 2012. A house on Buckley Street in Shaw, a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, England exploded at 10:40am. Thirteen neighbouring houses were damaged in the blast amounting to £1.2m of damage. 175 homes were evacuated.[1] 30 firefighters were at the site of the blast. A two-year-old boy was killed and one man injured. A gas leak was reported before the explosion.[2] The two-year-old was later named as Jamie Heaton and the man as Jamie's neighbour; 27-year-old Andrew Partington.[1]

On 28 November 2012, Partington appeared via video link in court and pleaded guilty to causing the death of Jamie Heaton along with eight charges of destroying neighbouring houses after allowing his home to fill with gas. [1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Jamie Heaton blast death: Neighbour admits manslaughter". BBC News. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Oldham explosion: Child dies as house 'completely flattened'". BBC News. 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gas Blast: Man Admits Two-Year-Old's Killing". Sky News. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 

Coordinates: 53°34′49″N 2°05′27″W / 53.58021°N 2.09090°W / 53.58021; -2.09090