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11 Epic Technology Disasters

Nature and politics kill far more people than technological accidents but failures of machines still take a toll on both a personal and social level. Separating machine failures and negligent maintenance from unforeseeable circumstances isn't easy and no doubt there are some accidents worthy of mention that we've missed. In any event, these are the eleven worst tech-related disasters where mechanical or engineering failure played a significant role. And by "worst," we're considering death toll b
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A fire that started on a ship in the port of Texas City, Texas on April 16, 1947, led to a massive explosion of ammonium nitrate (used fertilizer and bombs). Over 500 people were killed, and thousands more were injured in one of the worst industrial accidents in the U.S. A district court's findings of negligence in 1950 were overturned two years later, but clearly there were technical protections that could have been better.

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