New York Times front page: April 17, 1947
This is just weird. We haven’t heard a cause yet and stuff like this will certainly add some fuel to what went wrong.
Check it out:
Texas City, Tex., Thursday, April 17 – 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. It was the worst American disaster in ten years.
Much of the boom industrial city of 15,000 population was destroyed or damaged. Property loss will run into millions of dollars.
Fires followed the blasts. Poisonous gas from exploding chemicals was reported to be filtering through the area.