• Short Summary

    A railroad car loaded with chemicals blew up like a bomb in a train derailment near Houston, Texas on Tuesday (19 October), killing one person and injuring almost 50 others.

  • Description

    A railroad car loaded with chemicals blew up like a bomb in a train derailment near Houston, Texas on Tuesday (19 October), killing one person and injuring almost 50 others.

    The dead man was later identified as a fire inspector and six reporters and photographers, who had earlier raced to the scene following reports of the train derailment, were listed among the injured.

    A relatively small explosion followed the derailment, and the second, more powerful blast, came about an hour later. Eye witness reports said the second blast sent a fireball 200 feet (about 60 metres) into the sky and that was followed by a mushroom cloud until the area looked as though an atomic bomb had exploded.

    This, film a telerecording from the National Broadcasting Company of America, shows the second explosion happening and included a spectacular shot of a fireman on an extension ladder caught in the fireball. The film is supplied with a commentary in English, which may be used if required. A transcription of that commentary appears on this page.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8BKFTBX6INHDIZ4V1EYR6ZCAD
    Media URN:
    VLVA8BKFTBX6INHDIZ4V1EYR6ZCAD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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