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The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain's history, ranked in severity at level 5 out of a possible 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The fire took place in Unit 1 of the two-pile Windscale facility on the northwest coast of England in Cumberland. The two graphite-moderated reactors, referred to at the time as "piles", had been built as part of the British post-war atomic bomb project. Windscale Pile No. 1 was operational in October 1950 followed by Pile No. 2 in June 1951.
  • Background 

  • Windscale Piles 

  • Wigner energy 

  • Tritium production 

  • Accident 

  • Aftermath 

  • Comparison with other accidents 

  • Irish sea contamination 

  • Television documentaries 

  • Isotope cartridges