Explosion at Liberty!

Explosion at Liberty! (HM3LY)

Location: Jersey City, NJ 07305 Hudson County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 41.566', W 74° 3.444'

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On July 30, 1916, the Black Tom munitions depot exploded, rocking New York Harbor and sending sleeping residents tumbling from their beds.

The noise of the explosion was heard as far away as Maryland and Connecticut. On Ellis Island, terrified immigrants were evacuated by ferry to the Battery. Shrapnel pierced the Statue of Liberty (the arm of the Statue was closed to visitors after this). Property damage was estimated at $20 million. It is not known how many died.

Why the explosion? Was it an accident or planned? According to historians, the Germans sabotaged the Lehigh Valley munitions depot in order to stop deliveries being made to the British who had blockaded the Germans in Europe.

You are walking on a site which saw one of the worse acts of terrorism in American history.
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HM NumberHM3LY
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 1:23pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 579641 N 4505079
Decimal Degrees40.69276667, -74.05740000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 41.566', W 74° 3.444'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 41' 33.96" N, 74° 3' 26.64" W
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Area Code(s)201
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 51-71 Hudson River Waterfront Walk, Jersey City NJ 07305, US
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