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Colourized photos of the Halifax Explosion's aftermath

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, CBC Nova Scotia colourized several photos depicting life in the city after the 1917 disaster.

With 2,000 people killed and another 9,000 wounded, Halifax was left a shattered city after Dec. 6, 1917

Smoke cloud from the Halifax Explosion, likely taken from McNabs Island. (Nova Scotia Archives)

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, CBC Nova Scotia colourized several photos depicting life in the city immediately after the 1917 disaster.

On the morning of Dec. 6, 1917, two ships — the Norwegian steamship Imo and munitions ship Mont-Blanc — collided, igniting the Mont-Blanc's cargo and resulting in a massive explosion.

The blast shredded homes and sent glass and debris flying through the air; approximately 2,000 people died and another 9,000 were injured — the largest human-made disaster in Canadian history.

The colouring of the following photos are approximations based on research of the time period conducted by CBC Nova Scotia.


With files from Robert Short and David Irish