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Halifax Explosion 1917 On December 6, 1917 two ships collided in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia and caught fire. One was laden with tons of explosives and munitions for the First World War. Ninety minutes later the munitions ship exploded, killing 1,900 people. It was history's largest man-made explosion until the invention of atomic bombs. (This amateur video was created as a school project. Please excuse the typos contained in the video's text.)
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Added: 7th June 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-06-07 
The personal tragedies related to this story are hard to imagine. One Canadian soldier fighting on the Western Front was granted temporary leave so he could go home to Halifax and identify 11 family members who had been killed in the explosion.
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-06-07 
OMG, such a tragedy, and so many lives lost in such a brief moment of time. There are probably many people, like myself, who were unaware of this disaster, most likely because it didn't occur in the US. Really, it's very difficult to imagine. Thank you for posting this Lava.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-06-07 
Sadly, there are many Canadians who don't know this story either, Naomi. I try to tell it to the history students I tutor.
Posted by: wdh51 on 2008-06-09 
I, for one, have read the details of this tragedy countless times. Serving in the USN for 30 years and even more so as an Ordnanceman, this event was required reading for my ordnancemen serving for me. You see, there is an official publication that goes into detail on navy explosive mishaps and though most are USN and geared toward the reader, Halifax is one of the first and obviously the most attention drawing explosive accident listed in this publication, a publication referred to as, WORDS WRITTEN IN BLOOD.

In 1997 I had the good fortune to visit Halifax, it remains one of my most memorable port call; a beautiful city and friendly citizens that welcomed us like no other.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-06-09 
Great comments, wdh51. Thanks for your service.
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