What Happens When a Ship Packed with Six Million Pounds of Explosives Went Up in Flames

One hundred years ago, a massive explosion rocked Halifax when a ship—the Mont-Blanc—carrying six million pounds of explosives caught fire in the harbor. The following is an excerpt from THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism by John U Bacon. It describes the deadly first seconds of the blast.

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