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In the morning of July 30, 1916, saboteurs started a fire on a pier facility called Black Tom in Jersey City that contained warehouses, railroad box cars, and barges that were filled with munitions destined for the Allied powers then in desperate combat in World War 1. The fire spread until sympathetic detonation resulted in an explosion estimated to be 5.5 on the Richter Earthquake scale. Windows were shattered for miles around and even the Statue of Liberty was damaged by shrapnel causing the torch to be closed to visitors to this day.
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Gordon Bond's post reminds me to pass along the link to Joseph Felcone's recent blog about a remarkable discovery he made while doing New Jersey research in the UK National Archives at Kew. He posted this as a Fourth of July treat this year, but he made the find back in 2008.
Can you relate to this story?