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RSS FeedsWhat happened when a ship packed with six million pounds of explosives went up in flames
(World News Science)

 
 

7 december 2017 03:25:02

 
What happened when a ship packed with six million pounds of explosives went up in flames
(World News Science)
 




The Exhibition hall in Halifax after the explosion of the Mont-Blanc. One hundred years ago, a massive explosion rocked Halifax when a ship-the Mont-Blanc-carrying six million pounds of explosives caught fire in the harbor. The following is an excerpt from THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U Bacon. It describes the deadly first seconds of the blast. At 9:04:35 a.m., while firefighters and crews from other ships battled the blaze, the fire on Mont-Blanc either penetrated the magazines storing the TNT and picric acid or finally nudged the temperature in the cargo hold just past the 572-degree-Fahrenheit threshold needed to...
 
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