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Miles v Forest Rock Granite (1918) 34 TLR 500

The defendant was blasting rocks using explosives which they had brought onto their land. Some of the rocks flew onto the highway and injured the claimant. The claimant brought an action based on the principal established in Rylands v Fletcher.


The defendant was liable despite the fact that the rocks were not brought on to the land nor purposively collected and kept there. The explosives were accumulated and caused the rocks to escape.
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