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Texas City Disaster 1947 #6809563 07/01/17 03:01 PM
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Meant to post these on the 60th anniversary earlier this year.
My mom's uncle Norman Hamilton served with Houston FD from 1940-73 and made the call to Texas City on April 16, 1947. While there he was able to capture these images on film. The explosion and resulting fires killed nearly 600 people including 30 firemen. These pictures have never been seen by anyone other than family and friends.












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Thanks for sharing Texflip....I have family down there (they've been through four generations so far) that have always reminded me about this.

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Terrible tragedy, thanks for sharing y'alls personal pics up


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Wow! My father in law lost some family in that tragedy.


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Amazing photos....thanks for sharing.....


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Re: Texas City Disaster 1947 [Re: TexFlip] #6809684 07/01/17 05:34 PM
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TexFlip, my aunts have a few, nothing like that, my grandpa was there working and survived it.

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That seventh picture is a pretty grizzly scene if that is what I think I am seeing. Terrible tragedy.

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Originally Posted By: Walkabout
That seventh picture is a pretty grizzly scene if that is what I think I am seeing. Terrible tragedy.

Yeah it's a field morgue.

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Just wow

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Bad times for sure. Thanks for sharing.



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Originally Posted By: Stub
Terrible tragedy, thanks for sharing y'alls personal pics up

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I've read about the explosion, very tragic. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Amazing photos....thanks for sharing.....

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Incredible photos.


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I was down there last week driving down through by the plants. Hard to imagine the horrors that took place back then. The potential is always there even today with all the saftey in place. I would work there knowing that,it's just the risk we take to make a living. I work in small plant currently that has had 3 fatalities within the last 30 years so it's accepted part of life.


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wow

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Thanks for sharing.
I grew up in TC and currently work there. I have a piece of mangled up metal that came off of the SS Grandcamp that was passed down to me from my grandfather. My grandparents had an old film reel with many photos from the disaster.

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Missed the anniversary by a couple days.
Bump.

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That was a very large B-O-O-M!!

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Great pics of some terrible history in Texas.

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all of my cousins worked and retired from the plants there mainly Union Carbide. Their father (my uncle) was working the day of the explosion there. he always said he lost a lot of good friends that day.

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Wow, thanks for sharing those personal photos.

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Our family was living there when it happened. My dad was an insurance salesman for Prudential; mother worked at the Monsanto plant but had stayed home that day because my little sister was sick; my older brother and I were in the elementary school. I was only 6 years old at the time, so I don't remember much. Dad took all of us to stay with relatives in Houston and then returned to T.C. to do the sad, grim work that insurance agents have to do after a tragedy. Mother and Dad lost a lot of friends that day and in the days afterward as wounded people passed away from, mostly, terrible burns. Sad day indeed.

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Great pics and tell the story


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