History Of The Mont-Blanc Explosion

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December 6, 1917, 9:05am- Halifax was devastated as the military relief ship SS Imo and the SS Mont-Blanc collided in Bedford Basin. Spectators gathered as the burning Mont-Blanc, with a cargo full of explosives, drifted towards Halifax. Halifax’s firefighting boat Patricia rushed to the scene as a small tugboat did what it could to prevent the accident. Unfortunately, all the efforts could not disarm the bomb that was in the shipload. As Mont-Blanc floated towards Halifax, and citizens gathered to watch, Mont-Blanc exploded sending rubble in all directions. The contents of Mont-Blanc was a recipe for disaster; it was carrying a shipment that included ammunition such as Benzol, Gun cotton, Dry picric acid, Wet picric acid, and TNT. The explosion

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