Blizzard of Glass

Blizzard of Glass

The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Book - 2011
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On December 6, 1917 two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and one held relief supplies, both intended for wartorn Europe. The resulting blast flattened two towns, Halifax and Dartmouth, and killed nearly 2,000 people. As if that wasn't devastating enough, a blizzard hit the next day, dumping more than a foot of snow on the area and paralyzing much-needed relief efforts.

Fascinating, edge-of-your-seat storytelling based on original source material conveys this harrowing account of tragedy and recovery. This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805089455
Branch Call Number: 971.622503 WAL
Characteristics: xii, 145 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Halifax explosion of 1917


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Dec. 6, 1917, started like any other day in Halifax, but that morning, a ship loaded with munitions was hit by another ship, creating an explosion that was the largest man-made explosion until the atomic bomb in 1945. This is the story of that day. Illus. with photos.

debwalker Dec 13, 2011

A Canadian tragegy, and the of the largest manmade explosion until the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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