The Halifax Explosion

December 6, 1917Halifax, Nova ScotiaTwo ships collide in the harbor, causing a massive explosion resulting in the deaths of over 1,800 people and wounding over 9,000 Traffic was congested in the harbor on December 6, and the SS Imo, a Norwegian vessel carrying supplies for the Belgian Relief Commission, had to navigate around a tow…

The world’s worst industrial disaster claims the lives of at least 3,500 after a massive gas leak from a pesticide plant

December 3, 1984Bhopal, India40 tons of toxic gas is released from a pesticide plant, killing an estimated 3,800 immediately and affecting hundreds of thousands in the decades after Warning: This article contains images which may be considered graphic. Discretion is advised. Shortly after midnight on December 3, 40 tons (36 metric tons) of methyl isocyanate…

Two men trapped on top of a burning wind turbine perish

October 29, 2013Ooltgensplaat, NetherlandsA fire starts in a wind turbine, trapping two workers at the top On October 29, four engineers were performing maintenance on 12 turbines at Deltawind’s Piet de Wit wind farm in the Netherlands. A fire began in the engine room and, while two of the workers were able to escape the…

The Winecoff Hotel Fire

December 7, 1946Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Winecoff Hotel catches on fire, killing 119 and injuring over 90 The 15-story Winecoff Hotel was advertised as “fireproof,” owing to its steel construction. The walls and other interior components were still made of combustible materials, however. It was opened in 1913, and building codes in 1912 allowed for buildings under…

The first of 20 people die from the Donora Smog

October 30, 1948Donora, PennsylvaniaThe first of 20 victims of the Donora smog dies An ominous thick, yellow cloud descended on the town of Donora on October 27, 1948. The mist was comprised of a lethal mixture of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and metal dust from the nearby zinc plant and steel mill, and was trapped…