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One hundred years after the Halifax explosion, what have we learned?

One hundred years later, we are still playing chicken with peoples' lives. During the first world war, Halifax Harbour was busy as a staging area for transatlantic convoys. One hundred years ago today, a French cargo ship, the Mont-Blanc was carrying TNT, picric acid and benzine. The pilot saw the Norwegian ship, the Imo, coming toward it but the Imo wouldn't yield right of way. They finally both cut their engines but at 8:45 AM had a minor, grazing collision that wouldn't have normally caused much damage. Nova Scotia archives/ Halifax before the explosion/Public Domain But a few barrels of benzine toppled open. When the Imo reversed engines to disengage, it created sparks which ignited the benzine. The crew abandoned ship, and the people of Halifax gathered to watch the fire. Nova Scotia Archives/Public Domain At 9:04 the Mont-Blanc blew up. According to Wikipedia, The sh...

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