NFPA Journal looks back at the Black Tom munitions explosion

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on May 21, 2014

CFB47EF1612D41E3A3DEF0A7E355A5B5Was it the first major terrorist attack on the United States by a foreign party? Some historians thinks so.

In 1916, before the United States entered World War I, saboteurs loyal to Germany blew up more than two million pounds (907,185 kilograms) of ammunition stored at the Black Tom railroad yard in New Jersey to prevent it from being shiped overseas to Allied countries in Europe. Seven people died in the explosions, which lasted several hours and were felt as far as 90 miles (145 kilometers) away.

For more on the story, read "Looking Back" in the May/June issue of NFPA Journal.