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The CBC Halifax Explosion Site



December 6, 1917 dawned clear and sunny in Halifax. Before darkness fell, more than a thousand people would die, with another thousand to follow. Nine thousand more would be injured and maimed in the biggest man-made explosion the world had ever seen.

This website will take you through that terrible day and the days that followed. It will show how the Halifax Explosion and the hard lessons it taught affect our lives today.

You will meet the heroes, the survivors, and families whose lives were changed in a great flash of light just after 9 a.m. on that December day.

The Halifax Explosion website brings together a wide range of resources from CBC Television, CBC Radio and; from major research bodies, community groups and individuals.

CBC Television Specials

Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion

October 26 & 27 on CBC TV
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion, a four-hour, two-part mini-series will tell the story of how this tragic incident became a living metaphor for the war. Out of the ashes of this historic catastrophe come the personal stories of small sacrifices and great heroism. Those are the stories at the heart of this unforgettable drama. Featuring Vincent Walsh (Hemingway vs. Callaghan), Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves) and Peter Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father). More on Shattered City

City of Ruins

October 28 on CBC TV
City of Ruins is a CBC feature documentary. The "stars" are real people who survived the explosion, supported by leading authorities on the events of Dec. 6, 1917. Using photographs and newsreels taken the day after the explosion, the program presents an extraordinary time in Canadian history.

Love from Katie

December on CBC TV
Love from Katie is a 10-minute segment produced as part of a holiday series for families. It tells the story of the Christmas tree sent annually from Nova Scotia to Boston to thank the people of Massachusetts for their relief efforts following the explosion.

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