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Texas City Claims Act : hearings before Subcommittee No. 2 of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Eighty-fourth Congress, first session on H.R. 4045, to provide for settlement of claims for damages resulting from the disaster which occurred at Texas City, Texas, on April 16 and 17, 1947. [hearings held] May 11 and June 8, 1955.

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee No. 2,; United States. Congress House.
Publisher: Washington, DC : United States Government Printing Office, 1956.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : English
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Committee Serial No. 23. Considers legislation to establish a commission to settle claims based on Federal negligence in the Texas City, Tex., fertilizer explosion disaster of Apr. 16 and 17, 1947.
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Genre/Form: Legislative hearings
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee No. 2,; United States. Congress House.
OCLC Number: 13686576
Notes: Cover title.
Thomas J. Lane, Subcommittee chairman, presiding..
Description: iv, 267 pages ; 24 cm.

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Committee Serial No. 23. Considers legislation to establish a commission to settle claims based on Federal negligence in the Texas City, Tex., fertilizer explosion disaster of Apr. 16 and 17, 1947.

The Texas City disaster was an industrial accident that occurred April 16, 1947 in the Port of Texas City, Texas. It was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history, and one of history's largest non-nuclear explosions. Originating with a mid-morning fire on board the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp (docked in the port), her cargo of approximately 2,200 tons (approximately 2,100 metric tons) of ammonium nitrate detonated, initiating a subsequent chain-reaction of additional fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities. It killed at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City fire department. The disaster triggered the first ever class action lawsuit against the United States government, under the then-recently enacted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), on behalf of 8,485 victims.

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