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The Texas City Disaster

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The Grandcamp freighter held a deadly recipe in the port city of Texas City in 1947. As workers loaded bags of fertilizer made with ammonium nitrate into the ship’s hold, particles from broken bags mixed with flammable debris in the freighter’s hot underbelly. Heat caused the ammonium nitrate to combust, leading to one of the worst industrial disasters in U.S. history. In narrative detail, The Texas City Disaster recounts how the Grandcamp’s explosion sent fireballs skyward to land on homes and stores, engulfing the city in flames. Through this drama, kids will learn how new safety procedures for chemical shipments help prevent such disasters today. A series of primary-source quotes from witnesses reveal the human drama, while a “Profiles” section lists players in Texas City.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2007
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Code Red
Language English
ISBN 9781597164979
Title Format Unlimited Access eBook
Dewey 976.4'139063
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Lexile Reading Level 770
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.3
AR Quiz Number 113330
Author Linda Scher
Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Table of contents
Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

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