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New Book on ’17 Explosion in Canada

Nov. 15, 1962 - On December 6, 1917, a French freighter loaded with more than 2,500 tons of explosives collided with another vessel in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and caught fire. Minutes later, she blew up in “an explosion [pictured below] which unleashed a man-made destructive force unequalled until the first atomic bomb.” In a new book called “The Town That Died,” Michael Bird tells of this disaster in which 1,782 were killed, 9,000 injured, and many more thousands made homeless. The book will be published on January 5, 1963 by Putnam.


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