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Post by Darkwing on 2010-12-06, 11:17

Today marks the 93rd year of the Halifax Explosion. For those of you unfamiliar with this, Halifax is a city and a harbour here in Nova Scotia. In 1917, two ships collided, one was carrying ammunition and explosives for the war. The blast killed approximately 2000 people and over 9000 people were injured. The blast could be felt as far up as New Brunswick and it is the largest man made accidental explosion to date. Have a read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_explosion

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Post by Thingy on 2010-12-06, 12:43

Holy shit, were they going to end the war by blowing up all of europe with those explosives? I mean, 2000 killed and 9000 wounded? That must have been an absolutely massive explosion.

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Darkwing on 2010-12-06, 12:49

Yep, it was very large. In the wiki page there's a list of comparisons. Though it's not the most forceful accidental explosion recorded, it's killed the most and did the most damage for its size and force. It caused a Tsunami with a wav ~18 feet I believe and a blizzard hit the next day bringing 16 inches of snow. A lot more people died because of that too because pretty much everything in a 2 block radius had been completely obliterated and a lot of stuff outside that radius heavily damaged.

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Shemuel on 2010-12-06, 14:09

Woah, shit. Hard lines, Halifaxians.

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Darkwing on 2010-12-06, 14:12

Yep, certainly glad I wasn't alive in 1917!

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Destral on 2010-12-06, 15:38

Holy shit...thats all I can say.

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Darkwing on 2010-12-06, 15:41

One of the most famous (and heroic) stories that come out of this though is that at the time of the explosion, a train carrying 300 people was coming into halifax. The city was being evacuated as fast as possible because the ships were soon to collide and explode. As one of the last dispatchers was about to leave, he remembered that this train (and others) were coming into the city soon. He sent out a message using morse code signaling all trains to stop and not come into the city. Seconds later the explosion occurred and wiped out the building the dispatcher was in, killing him. The train however received the message and so did the other trains and this prevented hundreds of possible deaths from occurring.

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Re: 93 Years

Post by leewatson1 on 2010-12-06, 18:32

That man deserves a statue or something, he selflesly give his life to save many others *salutes*
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Re: 93 Years

Post by Destral on 2010-12-06, 18:42

Agreed, thats the way I wanna go down.

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Darkjedi on 2010-12-06, 19:28

And I'm sure that guy was like, DW's great grandfather or something. beer

And probably like a day earlier, he impregnated his wife, who later gave birth to DW's grandfather, and then the family line went from there.

I'm not that far off am I?
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Re: 93 Years

Post by A-BIack_Man on 2010-12-06, 21:02

dayum!

closest youd get to a nuke in those days

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Darkwing on 2010-12-07, 01:25

leewatson1 wrote:That man deserves a statue or something, he selflesly give his life to save many others *salutes*

I'm pretty sure there is one

Darkjedi wrote:And I'm sure that guy was like, DW's great grandfather or something. beer

And probably like a day earlier, he impregnated his wife, who later gave birth to DW's grandfather, and then the family line went from there.

I'm not that far off am I?

Yeah you are, his last name was Coleman, I have someone I know who is a Coleman though, but he's not worth the legendary line of THAT Coleman Razz

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Evil Person on 2010-12-07, 02:32

Wow, a realy hero, as Destral said, i would want to go down that way, and i agree with that statement.
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Re: 93 Years

Post by Darkwing on 2010-12-07, 11:40

There's even a Heritage Moment TV commercial about it. If I feel like it, maybe I'll find it on Youtube later

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Re: 93 Years

Post by Darkjedi on 2010-12-07, 23:42

Darkwing wrote:
leewatson1 wrote:That man deserves a statue or something, he selflesly give his life to save many others *salutes*

I'm pretty sure there is one

Darkjedi wrote:And I'm sure that guy was like, DW's great grandfather or something. beer

And probably like a day earlier, he impregnated his wife, who later gave birth to DW's grandfather, and then the family line went from there.

I'm not that far off am I?

Yeah you are, his last name was Coleman, I have someone I know who is a Coleman though, but he's not worth the legendary line of THAT Coleman Razz
So instead he made camping gear.... i see...
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Re: 93 Years

Post by Leach54 on 2010-12-07, 23:56

leewatson1 wrote:That man deserves a statue or something, he selflesly give his life to save many others *salutes*

super agree

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