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On December 1917, the Norwegian vessel SS Imo collided with the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship carrying explosives, of the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The resulting blast and the tsunami that followed killed some 2,000 people, injured…

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On 5 September 1887, the Theatre Royal Exeter burned to the ground, costing 186 people their lives. It was opening night of the play Romeny Rye and 800 people were in the audience enjoying the show. Around 10:25 that evening, in the middle of the…

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This edition of the Arizona Weekly Journal-Minerwaspublished five days after the fire. It was published on Thursday, one day after the regular day of circulation on Wednesday, because the fire destroyed the newspapr's office and printing machinery.…

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In May 1984, a fire in the Haunted Castle took the lives of eight people at the Six Flags amusement park in Jackson, New Jersey. The story appeared on the front page of the New York Times, which detailed the incident, rescue efforts, and the…

Grover Shoe Factory Before.jpg
The “before” picture shows the R.B. Grover & Co. shoe factory as it was before the March 20, 1905 steam boiler explosion which leveled the building, killing over 50 of the 400 employees and injured another 150, while the “after” picture shows the…

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This image of the fire that destroyed 17 city blocks in Lower Manhattan on 18 December 1835 was the first illustrated news coverage of a disaster to appear in an American newspaper.Disasters were big news and the New York Herald's innovative use of…

Charity brief 1760.pdf
Days after a great fire ravaged the town of Boston in March 1760, Governor Thomas Pownall issued this "brief" which was to be circulated throughout Massachusetts to solicit donations to help those left homeless by the conflagration. Public officials…

Elborough_Robert-Londons_calamity_by_fire_bewailed-Wing-E320-1091_08-p1.pdf
London's Calamity by Fire Bewailed and Improved in a Sermon was preached in 1666 by the Reverend Robert Elborough, the pastor of St. Laurence Pountney, immediately after the Great Fire, which destroyed his church. The displaced minister described the…

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Published two months after the Richmond theater fire of 1811, Benjamin Tanner's work became a well-known image of the conflagration. It depicts patrons leaping from windows as well as those aiding victims who have escaped the building. The roof and…

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This compilation of Presbyterian ministerial teachings was published in 1812 in direct response to the Richmond theater fire of 1811. It warned Christians of the evil influence of the theater on individuals and society and sought to discourage…
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