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Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: December 06, 2017 01:07PM
What a tremendous disaster! I can't recall ever hearing about it, but I must have! Such devastation from one explosion. eye popping smiley

Approximately 2,000 people were killed by the blast, debris, fires or collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest man-made explosion before the development of nuclear weapons, releasing the equivalent energy of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT.

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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 06, 2017 01:19PM
A classmate in high school talked about a similar disaster.. the Texas City disaster in 1947. His grandfather was killed by a piece of one of the ships. 2 miles from the explosion.

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ANFO is one hell of an explosive.
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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 06, 2017 01:38PM
Heard a Podcast about that a couple years ago...

Parts of the ship were blasted as much as five MILES away.
The explosion laid the sea bed BARE for a minute (throwing bottom debris several thousand yards too) and the sea came rushing back, causing a localized tsunami.



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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: December 06, 2017 01:58PM
And the Port Chicago explosion in 1944...
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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 06, 2017 02:11PM
And the Allegheny Arsenal explosion...



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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 06, 2017 02:13PM
Oh, and my personal favorite...the Rocket Fuel explosion at Pepcon in Henderson NV.

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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: December 06, 2017 02:15PM
Oh, then there is the explosion in the port of Tianjin

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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 06, 2017 03:27PM
Are there any forum members here who lived back in the "good old days" when you could get M-80's with more than 50mg of powder?

Not me. I think they were illegal even back in the 70's.
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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 06, 2017 03:37PM
Halifax was really bad, still one of the biggest for loss of life.

There was an ammonium nitrate stockpile that blew up in... France(?) after WWII, but it doesn't show up due to all the other more recent explosion results. It was supposed to have been a few thousand tons It got wet, so it turned into a chunk instead of being powder to easily load. Someone got the dumb idea of using explosives to loosen it up. Out in the country so only a couple of people died. I found this looking for it. Toulouse, France explosion in 2001. I could only find one grainy video.

Near the end of this years flood, Houston dodged a pretty good size explosion when a chemical plant "luckily" had several trailers burn instead of blowing up.



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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: DP
Date: December 06, 2017 04:39PM
Happens a lot around here after bean burrito night...



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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: MacArtist
Date: December 07, 2017 03:15AM
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DP
Happens a lot around here after bean burrito night...

A short term disaster. wink smiley



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Re: Halifax Explosion 100 Years Ago Today
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: December 07, 2017 09:02AM
Because of the aid Boston sent to Halifax, they send a giant evergreen tree to the city every year.
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