Halifax Explosion

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Halifax Explosion
Halifax Explosion
The pyrocumulus cloud around 15-20 seconds after the explosion
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date December 6, 1917
9:04:35 (AST)
Deaths 2,000 (approximate) (1,950 known)
Injured 9,000 (approximate)

The Halifax explosion took place on December 6, 1917 when the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship loaded with explosives collided with the SS Imo, a Norwegian ship in the harbour in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 2,000 people were killed and over 9,000 people were injured.[1] This was the largest man-made explosion in history until July, 1945 when the first atomic bomb was detonated.[2]

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  1. "The Explosion". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.cbc.ca/halifaxexplosion/he2_ruins/he2_ruins_explosion.html. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  2. Time: Disasters that Shook the World. New York City: Time Home Entertainment. 2012. p. 56. ISBN 1-60320-247-1 .

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