The Halifax Explosion occurred on December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was devastated by the detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship that was fully loaded with wartime explosives. The Mont-Blanc detonated after colliding with the Norwegian SS Imo in a part of Halifax Harbour called "The Narrows". Until the Trinity test explosions of atomic bombs, it was the largest man-made explosion in recorded history.

The Halifax Explosion occurred on December when much of the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, was devastated by the detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship that was fully laden with wartime explosives.

This clock was discovered in the rubble after the Halifax Explosion. The clock stopped moving in the exact moment of the blast.

This clock was discovered in the rubble after the Halifax Explosion. The clock stopped moving in the exact moment of the blast.

...What was left of Halifax harbor after the biggest man-made explosion befor the A-bomb....

My nan and grandad survived this. Mom still remembers survivors years later covering their scarred faces. Seems surreal living here now after a lifetime of stories.

Like a Battlefield; Halifax explosion 1917

Dec Two ships collide in Halifax harbour setting off an explosion that kills 1900 and destroys much of the city.

The 1917 Halifax explosion threw this half-ton (plus) anchor shaft 2.35 miles, into a hill.  "HRM Monument #14: S.S. Mont Blanc Anchor Shaft"

The 1917 Halifax explosion threw this half-ton (plus) anchor shaft miles, into a hill. "HRM Monument S.

"Halifax Wrecked: The Halifax Explosion" exhibition at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia - The Titanic's not the only disaster to be covered here.

"Halifax Wrecked: The Halifax Explosion" exhibition at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia - The Titanic's not the only disaster to be covered here.

Nearly a century after it happened, new perspectives on the Halifax explosion are coming to light through a collection of photos and hand-written letters obtained by the Nova Scotia Archives

Unearthed first-hand accounts reveal devastation of 1917 Halifax Explosion

The Halifax Explosion in 1917

This WWI Disaster Destroyed Half of Halifax

Halifax saw the biggest non-nuclear explosion in history. It occurred in Halifax Harbor on Dec 16, 1917 when the ammo ship Mont Blanc was struck by Dutch relief ship, the Imo. The Imo was steaming at excessive speed & refused to give way. They collided, the ammo ship caught fire & exploded leveling 500 acres, killing 2000 people, and caused a 60 foot tsunami. 1000s were blinded from flying glass. Soon after, a blizzard struck dumping 16 inches of snow. It took 2 years to find the last…

Halifax Explosion A tsunami was formed by water surging in to fill the void, which rose up as high as 18 metres ft) above the harbour's high-water mark on the Halifax side. Imo was carried onto the shore at Dartmouth by the tsunami.

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