On April 16, 1947, the Texas City Disaster occurred in the Port of Texas City. It is considered one of the deadliest industrial accidents in the U.S. history. This incident killed a minimum of  581 people and there were 8,485 victims. It even claimed some of the lives of the rescue workers. Because of this disaster it was the first time a class action lawsuit was filled against the United States government under the the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

What Happened?

The French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp that was docked in the Texas port caught fire. It was carrying 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate, which is extremely explosive. Once the SS Grandcamp exploded it caused a chain-reaction of fires and explosions through out the port and other near by oil-storage facilities.

To read more about this disaster please click on the link below.

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

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