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The Texas City Disaster

From the Series Code Red

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 Disasterrecounts 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.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Subject History, Science, Social Studies
Copyright 2007
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2007-01-01
BISACS JNF025170
Dewey 976.4'139063
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 770
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated ReaderĀ® Quiz 113330
Accelerated ReaderĀ® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Correlations, Glossary of key words, Index, Online learning supplement, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents

Author: Linda Scher