STORM DAMAGE: Sandra Beaver looked into the living room of her Ft. Caroline Lakes home in Jacksonville, Fla., after a tree came through the roof during a storm Thursday. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union/Associated Press)
In 1947, America’s worst harbor explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas, when the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating the town. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The explosions and resulting fires killed more than 500 people and left 200 others missing.