Accident: Texas City Explosion 1947

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Accident: Texas City Explosion 1947 Gender: N/A
born on 16 April 1947 at 09:12 (= 09:12 AM )
Place Texas City, Texas, 29n23, 94w54
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Timed documented source, news
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Liefeld
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 25°47' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°42 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 21°43'

Accident: Texas City Explosion 1947


The Texas City disaster was an industrial accident that occurred April 16, 1947 in the Port of Texas City.

It was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history, and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions. Originating with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp (docked in the port), its cargo of approximately 2,300 tons (approximately 2,100 metric tons) of ammonium nitrate detonated, with the initial blast and subsequent chain-reaction of further fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities killing at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City fire department.[2] The disaster triggered the first ever class action lawsuit against the United States government, under the then-recently enacted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), on behalf of 8,485 victims.

At around 8:00 a.m. on April 16, 1947, smoke was spotted in the cargo hold of the Grandcamp while it was still moored at its dock. Over the next hour, attempts to put out the fire or put it under control failed as a red glow returned after each effort to douse the fire.

At 9:12 a.m., the ammonium nitrate reached an explosive threshold and the vessel then detonated, causing great destruction and damage throughout the port. The tremendous blast sent a 15-foot (4.5 m) wave that was detectable nearly 100 miles (160 km) off the Texas shoreline. The blast leveled nearly 1,000 buildings on land.

Link to Wikipedia: Texas City disaster


Source Notes

NY Times article April 17, 1947; Image and Transcript: and Fires Wreck Texas City of 15,000; 300 to 1,200 Dead; Thousands Hurt, Homeless; Wide Coast Area Rocked, Damage in Millions


  • Mundane : Disasters : Accidents (Ship explosion in Texas City Harbour.)