What was the largest man-made explosion before nuclear warfare?
Tragically the largest and deadliest explosion prior to the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 was the Halifax Explosion. December 6, 2017, commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the deadly explosion that killed 2000 men and injured 9000 others in 1917.
Check out the Canadian Encyclopedia’s excellent article on the explosion here!
Be sure to read the heroism of Vincent Coleman who sent out a quick warning to the Saint John train loaded with hundreds of people. His telegraph message read: “Munitions ship on fire. Making for Pier 6. Goodbye.”
This is a great interactive video produced by CBC on the explosion.
All in all, the Halifax Explosion is a sobering reminder of the brevity of life. Psalm 103 says, “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.” The Halifax Explosion is a reminder that none of us know the day that we will die and so we should choose this day (today!) who we will serve.
Will you serve the evil desires of your flesh resulting in everlasting damnation? Or will you serve the one true God trusting in Him for eternal salvation and life?