The Halifax Explosion: 33 Photos Of History’s Worst Explosion Before Nuclear Weapons

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“Hold up the train. Ammunition ship afire in harbor making for Pier 6 and will explode.”

These were the last words of Vince Coleman, the train dispatcher who met his end on December 6, 1917 in the Halifax Explosion. Seconds later, the ship would explode — and set off the 3,000 tons of explosives inside. It would be the biggest and most devastating explosion in history, until the invention of the nuclear bomb.

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