Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blizzard of Glass; The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally Walker

If you look at the date on this post, it was on the 95th anniversary of the largest man-made explosion until the atom bomb was dropped 28 years later! How could something like  this happen? Take humans who knew better than anyone else, add nature's weather and harbor setup, and  maybe bad luck that set this tragic story in motion.  What happened to the sailors, parents, children, and workers that were in the way of the blast wave is not for the faint of heart. Just pick one of the kids on their way to school and see at the end if they lived though the day.  Can a school stand up to an explosion? How about a church? Did the fire kill your kid or did the kid even make it that far in the day? Remember that all the normal emergency help we take for granted today was not around in 1917. Even when help was sent from as far away as Boston, nature decided to take another shot at the survivors. This is not in your school history books, but maybe it should be. War doesn't just kill those on the front lines.