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It Happened Today in New York City

07-30 Black TomOn July 30, 1916, on the little island of Black Tom in New York Harbor, a fire set by German agents destroyed a munitions depot in an explosion that broke windows in New York and New Jersey within a 25-mile radius. From City Hall of Jersey City, to Ellis Island, to Wall Street the impact was felt and shards of debris flew with great force, some lodging in the Statue of Liberty. The damage compromised the Statue’s torch arm, which has remained off limits to the public ever since the explosion. The munitions had been intended to be supplied to the Allied Forces in World War I. Less than a year after the explosion, the U.S. joined the conflict.


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