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Panel Discussion: "Texas City Explosion, 1947: Lessons from Disaster to Recovery"

November 12, 2018
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Reaud Event Center, Wayne A. Reaud Administration Building

Black and white photo of explosion dust cloudReception and panel discussion by Robert Roten, Andy Hollan and Ken Poston about the Texas City explosion of 1947 and the lessons learned from that tragedy. 

Seventy-one years ago, the largest industrial disaster in the nation's history occurred in Texas City. A fire broke out on the French ship the Grandcamp, which was being loaded with ammonium nitrate, and it exploded. Shortly after, the High Flyer, another ship, exploded. The blasts were felt in Galveston. Houses were shaken off their foundations. About 600 people died and more than 5,000 were injured. 

Sponsored by the Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.

Dr. Mary Scheer
Center for History and Culture Events

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