Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
December 6, 1917
On Thursday, December 6, 1917, a French cargo ship, fully loaded with wartime explosives accidentally collided with a Norwegian ship in "The Narrows" section of the Halifax Harbour, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. There was a huge detonation. Approximately 1,500 people were killed instantly, another 500 people died shortly after from wounds caused by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings, and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured.