On April 16, 1947, approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate loaded aboard a cargo ship in the port exploded, leading to a chain reaction of explosions and fires that leveled the port and parts of the city, killing 500-600 people and injuring more than 5000.
The events lead to the first class-action lawsuit filed against the United States government. The lawsuit represented 8,485 victims.
Audio and transcript, including the 1947 newsreel and personal accounts.
Overview of the disaster with photographs and bibliography.
Photographs of the disaster taken by a young photographer.
Account and official reports with photographs, eyewitness accounts, and a list of the dead and missing.
Account of the industrial accident with photographs, and the resulting class action lawsuit, the first such suit against the US government.
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