As the flames gained headway it became apparent to Tarzan that whatever had caused the explosion had scattered some highly inflammable substance upon the surrounding woodwork, for the water which they poured in from the pump seemed rather to spread than to extinguish the blaze.
Fifteen minutes after the explosion great, black clouds of smoke were rising from the hold of the doomed vessel.
This day was the very day of the explosion
. Wherefore the Capitol had been packed with troops in anticipation.
Either some of the later explosions
had thrown up from the deep quantities of water which, though foul and corrupt itself, had still some cleansing power left, or else the writhing mass which stirred from far below had helped to drag down and obliterate the items of horror.
"Tell her the explosion
will take place at nine to-morrow morning."
We heard a loud explosion
apparently directly above us; the craft trembled to the shock which threw us all to the deck.
He started the engine, and with a wild burr of gas explosions
the beautiful fabric darted down the launching ways and lifted into the air.
I picketed the great embankments thrown up around our lines by the dynamite explosion
-- merely a look- out of a couple of boys to announce the enemy when he should appear again.
I never felt such a disappointment as I did in waiting five, ten, fifteen minutes for an explosion
that never came.
The air for a second or two was filled with piteous shrieks from somewhere towards Charing-Cross, shrieks drowned almost immediately by another tremendous explosion
from further north.
By a miracle he had escaped being struck by the flying splinters of iron, and, thanks to his strong heart, had escaped being killed by the shock of the explosion
. Not until the end of five minutes of mad struggling, in which he behaved for all the world like a beheaded chicken, did he find life tolerable again.
They were all that were required, for almost immediately after the third explosion
a stream of Mahars broke from the exits furthest from us, rose upon their wings, and soared northward.
Gazing over the edge, they looked down upon the horrible destruction which had been caused by the explosion
. For forty yards round the portal the ground was black with writhing, screaming figures, who struggled up and hurled themselves down again, tossing this way and that, sightless, scorched, with fire bursting from their tattered clothing.
This sudden explosion
made Bert tuck in his head with the celerity of a startled tortoise.
After several months of preparation and an expenditure of a million dollars all was in readiness, and a series of tremendous explosions
occurred on the earth and in the sky.