• Short Summary

    As the French ammunition ship 'Le Coubre' lay burning in Havana Harbour March 4 after being wrecked by an explosion, her cargo again blew up.

  • Description

    As the French ammunition ship 'Le Coubre' lay burning in Havana Harbour March 4 after being wrecked by an explosion, her cargo again blew up. The blast shook the camera and hurled burning debris over a wide area. Rescue workers who went on board after the first disaster became victims of the second explosion.

    Later, 47 people killed by the blast were buried at funeral service, but it was thought at least 75 had died, although no official figure had been given. Over 200 were injured, 10 of them by two smaller explosions on the quayside during cleaning up operations the next day.

    Cuban Premier Fidel Castro has alleged that the explosion resulted from sabotage, and that United States Government officials were among those responsible, but the State Department in Washington quickly issued a strong denial a vigorous protest would be made against the accusation.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA479UDS4L61UUNH9QZV3AG8H9X
    Media URN:
    VLVA479UDS4L61UUNH9QZV3AG8H9X
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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