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The Wilmington morning star. [volume] (Wilmington, N.C.) 1909-1990, April 18, 1947, Image 14

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OIL REFINERIES burn in Texas City inferno. Dense black smoke from burning oil refineries form a
background for a house wrecked bv the series of explosions that razed Texas City, Tex. It was an
imated that 1,200 persons were killed and more than 1,000 injured.-(Ar Wirephoto).
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SCENE OF TEXAS blast disaster—This map shows the location of
the worst explosion in the history of the Texas Gulf coast. The
disaster had its beginning where a French ship, taking on nitrates off
Texas City, Tex., blew up. A series of explosions followed and the
huge Monsanto Chemical Company plant in Texas City -.yas reported
in complete ruins. Fire spread quickly to oil lines and flames
raged for hours after the first blasts and no water was available.
Texas City is just across Galveston Gulf from Galveston, Tex.—
RESCUE WORKERS in gas masks gather up dead. Rescuers wearing gas masks remove a bod\
from wreckage along the waterfront after devastating explosions swept through Texas City, Tp/
Poisonous gas from exploding chemicals was reported filtering through the razed city. The chain of
blasts killed persons estimated to number 1,200 and injured more than 1,000.—(AP Wirephoto).
RESCUERS DIG explosion victims from mud—Rescue workers di g bodies of explosion victims from the mud into which they were
blown by the chain of terrifying blasts that devastated Texas City, Tex. The number of dead has been estimated at 1,200. More
than 1,000 were injured.—(AP Wirephoto).
MASSIXE EXPLOSIONS spread fire through Texas City—The great er portion of Texas City, Tex., appears to be burning furions1.?
shortly after a chain of terrific explosions spread flames through out the town of 15,000 population. Estimate place the number of
dead at 1,200, with more than 1.000 injured. An explosion aboard a n itrate-laden ship in the harbor set off the series of blasts in indus
trial plants ashore.—(AP Wirephoto).
plant on the Monsanto Chemical Company in Texa s City, Tex., following a series of explosions and
a fire which virtually razed this city of 15,000 persons. More than 1000 were believed dead, in the
worst explosion disaster in Cult Coast history. W i re reports indicated that several thousands of town
folk had been attracted to the waterfront by a fire aboard a French ship, which was taking on
nitrates. Suddenly the ship blew up, taking an immediate toll of some 500 lives, with thousands in
jured. A second explosion and tire then rockeA the chemical plant, bringing more casualties.—(In
ternational Soundphoto).
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TEXAS CITY FIRE AFTER EXPLOSION—This is a view of Texas City, Tex., burn ins after an explosion aboard a ship in the harbor April 16—(Associated Press rintK
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„.irI, rHFUTTrAI, PLANT destroyed 1»y explosio n—Here is an aerial view of the $9,500,000 Monsanto
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HOMES RAZED In Texas disaster—Flames sweep through the resi
dential section of Texas City, Tex., fol’nw'iig a series of explosions
which caused one of the nations grep.i disasters. Some 300 houses
s^ro^^^apd not a Single buildings escaped dam
BUILDINGS DAMAGED miles from Texas bl»? r.c ene—Although located miles from the scene of thj
Texas City, Tex., explosions these two store? were badly damaged bv the ?bnch.
shattered and sections of the framework bnekled — (International

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