On April 16, 1947, approximately 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate loaded aboard a cargo ship in the port exploded, leading to a chain reaction of explosions and fires that leveled the port and parts of the city, killing 500-600 people and injuring more than 5000.

The events lead to the first class-action lawsuit filed against the United States government. The lawsuit represented 8,485 victims.

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Moore Memorial Public Library: 1947 Texas City Disaster
Overview of the disaster with photographs and bibliography.
Sloane Gallery: Texas City Disaster
Photographs of the disaster taken by a young photographer.
Texas City Firefighters: 1947 Texas City Disaster
Account and official reports with photographs, eyewitness accounts, and a list of the dead and missing.
Wikipedia: Texas City Disaster
Account of the industrial accident with photographs, and the resulting class action lawsuit, the first such suit against the US government.
KUHF Radio: 60th Anniversary of the Texas City Disaster
Audio and transcript, including the 1947 newsreel and personal accounts. (April 16, 2007)
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