The China Mail.
Hongkong, Friday, August 14, 1931.
THE FLORA FORT DISASTER
ALL DANGER PASSED: ADJACENT MAGAZINES FLOODED
A TERRIFIC BANG
TODAY A DAY OF MOURNING
Inquiries made on board ships, which arrived from Macao this morning, elicited little fresh information regarding the disastrous explosion of gunpowder at Flora Fort early yesterday morning.
Arrivals in Macao soon after 9 p.m. yesterday tried to go to the scene of the disaster, but were turned back by the Military who are assisting the Police to patrol the streets and maintain order.
AREA CLOSED TO PUBLIC
The affected area has been closed to the public so that the work of clearing the debris can be speedily undertaken.
Apart from their desire to cooperate with the Police, Fire Brigade, etc., it is natural that the Military should take control considering that the affected area is military land.
Hong Kong Boy Scouts All Safe.
The Salesian Fathers in Hong Kong report that their property in Macao is safe, and also give welcome news to anxious parents here that the contingent of Hong Kong Boy Scouts of the 16th (Catholic Cathedral) Troop, who are at present visiting in Macao, are all safe.