Flashback: The 1947 Texas City explosion

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

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, killing hundreds and injuring thousands,” reported the Associated Press at the time. “It was the worst American disaster in ten years."

Watch a video of that explosion above.

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