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Halifax is marking the 99th anniversary of an event that devastated a large sweep of the coastal city.
People gathered at various sites today to pay tribute to thousands of residents who were killed or injured in the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917.
Parks Canada fired a cannon from the ramparts at the Halifax Citadel national historic site at around 9:05 a.m. — the time of the powerful blast 99 years ago.
Two warships collided in the narrows of Halifax Harbour, causing a massive explosion that left parts of the Nova Scotia capital in ruins.
The French cargo ship SS Mont-Blanc was loaded with explosives when it struck the Norwegian vessel SS Imo.
About 2,000 people were killed and 9,000 injured, while many of the city's 25,000 residents were left homeless.
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