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Flashback: The 1947 Texas City explosion

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As Americans paused in reaction to yesterday’s fertilizer factory explosion in West, Texas, many are remembering the 1947 fertilizer explosion that killed more than 500 people. The explosion was caused by a fire that broke out on the SS Grandcamp, igniting the ship's cargo of fertilizer. “A chain of explosions set off by the blowing up of a nitrate-laden ship smote this Gulf port yesterday,...

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