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Curse of The Narrows by Laura M. MacDonald
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Nov 08, 07

Read in October, 2007

Seems like a good introduction to the event (which I was totally unaware of) although it deals pretty superficially with the cause of the explosion itself.

Covers some interesting details of such a catastrophe that you wouldn't have predicted. Like the problem of family pets eating human remains left in the rubble. Or that no churches except one held services for the first week because all the clergymen were too busy giving last rites or presiding over funerals.

Oh oh! Also, the recollections of an eye surgeon who talked about the eyes of patients that were so filled with shrapnel that they "clinked when palpitated."
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