Oil tanker explodes, kills 50

January 8, 1979Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay, IrelandThe Betelgeuse, an oil tanker, explodes while docked at a jetty, killing 50 The vessel, which was carrying 39 million gallons (147,000 kiloliters) of crude oil was docked at the offshore jetty while performing an oil-removal operation. An eyewitness reported seeing a small fire on the ship around 12:30…

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…

Town removes dead whale from beach with explosives

November 12, 1970Florence, OregonA dead sperm whale is removed from a beach with dynamite; the resulting carnage rained down upon spectators though none were harmed The 8-ton (7.25-metric ton) carcass of the whale washed ashore a week before the disposal of the remains, and the Oregon Department of Transportation was tasked with finding a way…