The Texas City Explosion.

It was on this day in 1947 that the Texas City Explosion happened. 600 people died that day in the city when a ship, the “Grandcamp”, loaded with Ammonium Nitrate exploded. More than 5,000 people were injured, with 1,784 admitted to 21 area hospitals. More than 500 homes were destroyed and hundreds damaged, leaving 2,000 homeless. The seaport was destroyed, and many businesses were flattened or burned. Over 1,100 vehicles were damaged and 362 freight cars were obliterated—the property damage was estimated at $100 million[7] (equivalent to $1,100,000,000 in 2018).
The Grandcamp’s 2 ton anchor was found 1.62 miles away in a 10 foot crater.

The anchor of the “Grandcamp”


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