In 1947, America’s worst harbor explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas, when the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing. Learn more at Wikipedia.
Update July 5: We also have podcast on this subject and a more in-depth article on the Texas City Disaster.
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The Texas City Disaster, 1947
The Texas City Disaster (Code Red)
Wrath of God: Explosions! Texas City
City on Fire: The Forgotten Disaster That Devastated a Town and Ignited a Landmark Legal Battle