Blizzard of Glass

Blizzard of Glass

The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Book - 2011
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Recounts the story from World War I in which two towns were leveled and almost two thousand people killed following the collison of two warships in Halifax Harbour and a blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in the area.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805089455
0805089454
Branch Call Number: 971.622 Wa
Description: xii, 145 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 30, 2018

The largest man-made explosion in world history prior to the Atomic Bomb was the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Halifax Harbour in Nova Scotia, Canada was the jumping-off point for many supply ships heading to Europe in World War One. On December 6, 1917, a ship preparing to pick up medical supplies crashed into a ship carrying 2,925 tons of TNT, benzene, gun cotton, and a million tons of coal. The munitions ship was shoved into the docks and exploded, flattening a large section of Halifax, destroying the small town and Indian village across the river, and killing nearly 2,000 people.

In this comparably short version of the story, aimed at middle-school level readers, Walker deftly weaves stories of the dead and survivors into the story of the explosion, the after-effects, and the rebuilding of the city.

Dec. 6, 1917, started like any other day in Halifax, but that morning, a ship loaded with munitions was hit by another ship, creating an explosion that was the largest man-made explosion until the atomic bomb in 1945. This is the story of that day. Illus. with photos.

Dec. 6, 1917, started like any other day in Halifax, but that morning, a ship loaded with munitions was hit by another ship, creating an explosion that was the largest man-made explosion until the atomic bomb in 1945. This is the story of that day. Illus. with photos.

debwalker Dec 13, 2011

A Canadian tragegy, and the of the largest manmade explosion until the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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