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The Hartford Circus Fire : tragedy under the big top

Author: Michael Skidgell
Publisher: Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Almost 7,000 fans eagerly packed into the Ringling Brothers big top on July 6, 1944. With a single careless act, an afternoon at the "Greatest Show on Earth" quickly became one of terror and tragedy as the paraffin-coated circus tent caught fire. Panicked crowds rushed for the few exits, but in minutes, the tent collapsed on those still struggling to escape below. A total of 168 lives were lost, many of them  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Skidgell
ISBN: 9781626190696 1626190690
OCLC Number: 864411396
Description: 140 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: A ticket to tragedy --
The greatest show on earth --
Someone yelled, "fire!" --
Those who died --
The aftermath.
Responsibility: Michael Skidgell.
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"Almost 7,000 fans eagerly packed into the Ringling Brothers big top on July 6, 1944. With a single careless act, an afternoon at the "Greatest Show on Earth" quickly became one of terror and tragedy as the paraffin-coated circus tent caught fire. Panicked crowds rushed for the few exits, but in minutes, the tent collapsed on those still struggling to escape below. A total of 168 lives were lost, many of them children, with many more injured and forever scarred by the events. Hartford and the surrounding communities reeled in the aftermath as investigators searched for the source of the fire and for the responsible parties."--Back cover.

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