On April 16, 1947 the freighter SS Grandcamp exploded at a Monsanto pier in Texas City, Texas, killing 576 people. A discarded cigarette ignited its cargo of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. The blast set off a series of fires. This claim's cover page calls it the largest single risk loss in the history of insurance.
Texas City, Texas
STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MISSOURI RESEARCH CENTER-ST. LOUIS
222 THOMAS JEFFERSON LIBRARY
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS
8001 NATURAL BRIDGE ROAD
ST. LOUIS, MO 63121