One Of The Deadliest Accidents In U.S. History Happened Right Here In Texas
By Katie Lawrence|Published March 05, 2018
Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25. She attended college in the Houston area and began writing for OnlyInYourState in 2015.
Today, Katie writes, edits, and performs several other tasks for OnlyInYourState and has never been more passionate about a job before. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on with a hot cup of coffee, practicing yoga, baking, or exploring the beautiful Lone Star State (in particular, the vast and mystical West Texas desert).
The rise of industry was an integral part in the development of our state, but sometimes those endeavors come at a tragic cost. On the fateful day of April 16, 1947, an explosion whose effects would be felt for decades occurred in the Port of Texas City. To this day, it is still recognized as the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever to take place.