The 1917 Halifax Explosion
Halifax, NS, Canada
At 9:04:35 the Mont-Blanc exploded in Halifax Harbour with a force stronger than any man-made explosion before it. The explosion sent a white cloud billowing 20,000 feet above the city.
For almost two square kilometers around Pier 6, nothing was left standing. The blast obliterated most of Richmond (north end Halifax). On the Dartmouth side, Tuft’s Cove took the brunt of the blast. The small Mi’kmaq settlement of Turtle Grove was obliterated.
More than 1500 people were killed instantly. Hundreds more would die in the hours and days to come. Nine thousand people, many of whom might have been safe if they hadn’t come to watch the fire, were injured by the blast, falling buildings and flying shards of glass.