Today (December 6) marks 100 years since the worst man-made disaster in Canadian history: the Halifax Explosion.
The Halifax Citadel’s cannon will fire a few hours early today; at 9:04:35 AM – the exact moment in time that the explosion occurred. Halifax’s city hall tower bell, church bells, ferry horns and naval and merchant ship sirens will all ring out for one minute.
Two thousand people were killed in the Halifax Explosion and another 9,000 injured. The explosion is the worst man-made disaster in Canadian history.
A number of events will be held to mark the event’s centennial:
Official memorial ceremony
The official ceremony is taking place at Ford Needham Memorial Park from 8:45 AM to 9:35 AM.
Reception for official memorial ceremony
The public reception following the memorial service is happening at St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary School at 5389 Russell St. in Halifax. It will run from 9:45 AM to 11 AM.
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency memorial event
The fire service’s memorial event is taking place at 10:30 AM at Station 4 at 5830 Lady Hammond Rd.
Time capsules and artifacts
From noon to 4 PM, city hall will exhibit content from its 1985 and 2017 explosion time capsules, as well as other explosion artifacts.
Halifax Citadel Army Museum
A special exhibit at the Halifax Citadel Army Museum will include a watchman’s clock that shows the exact time of the explosion. The exhibit will be open from 10 AM to 3 PM