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16 April

Texas City Disaster [On This Day]


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.

Lots more after the jump…

Other Resources/Links:
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

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3 Responses to “Texas City Disaster [On This Day]”

  1. Mary Talley says:

    Today is the 64th anniversary of the disaster. I was just 8 years old and in zone 4 when it expolded. I will never forget that day, it was burned into my mind.

  2. Jason says:

    Thanks for you comments Mary.

  3. Sam Butler says:

    Great site – thanks for all your work. Is there any way to get a copy of the “Texas City Disaster” site map that can be enlarged so that the captions are readable? Thanks much.

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