The Halifax Explosion (JR)

Surviving the Blast That Shook A Nation

by Joyce Glasner

As boat full of explosives heads into the harbour as a large cargo ship steams out to sea, a massive collision ensues. Panic reigned as the survivors struggled to comprehend what had happened.

On a tragic day in December 1917, two boats collided in Halifax Harbour. One of them caught fire and then exploded with a massive bang. It was the largest man-made explosion ever experienced to that point. Buildings and homes in Halifax and nearby Dartmouth were instantly destroyed. Windows were shattered up to 100 kilometres away. At least 1,900 people lost their lives that day.

About the Author

JOYCE GLASNER lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her Articles on gardening, travel, and the arts have appeared in a variety of publications.

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