Anchor Blown a Mile From Explosion.

Anchor Blown a Mile From Explosion

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Texas City, Texas

One of the largest man-made non-nuclear explosions in history occurred in the port of Texas City. On April 16, 1947, a fire broke out on the SS Grandcamp, which, unfortunately, was packed with 2,300 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate. The ship blew up, and somehow its five-ton anchor became airborne and flew a mile before crashing here. At least 600 people died. The few surviving witnesses compared the scene of devastation to the firebombings of World War II.

Anchor Blown a Mile From Explosion

Address:
Dike Rd, Texas City, TX
Directions:
On the north side of Dike Rd/8th Ave. N., in a little park just east of its intersection with Bay St. N.
Admission:
Free
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