Sierra Chemical Explosion 1998

On January 7, 1998, two explosions in rapid succession destroyed the Sierra Chemical Company Kean Canyon plant near Mustang, Nevada, killing four workers and injuring six others. The Kean Canyon plant manufactured explosive boosters for the mining industry. When initiated by a blasting cap or detonation cord, boosters provide the added energy necessary to detonateContinue reading “Sierra Chemical Explosion 1998”

Peterborough Explosion 1989

At 09.45 on 22 March 1989 a vehicle carrying approximately 800 kg of mixed explosives exploded at the premises of Vibroplant Ltd on the Fengate Industrial Estate, Peterborough. The explosion caused the death of a fireman and injuries to at least 107 other people, 84 of whom received hospital treatment. Two of the injured wereContinue reading “Peterborough Explosion 1989”

Mont-Blanc Explosion 1917

The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, which happened on the morning of 6 December 1917. The Norwegian vessel SS Imo collided with SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin, causing a large explosionContinue reading “Mont-Blanc Explosion 1917”

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