Watching Chernobyl on HBO makes me want they made a mini sequence concerning the Halifa…


Watching Chernobyl on HBO makes me want they made a mini sequence concerning the Halifa... 4




For those that dont know, right here is the story

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_Explosion

It was one of many largest disasters in historical past and I feel the tales of heroism and human error must be informed in order that nobody forgets. Thoughts?

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  1. “Sir, there could be a massive problem near Halifax! Two ships collided, one of which was carrying 10 tons of guncotton.”

    “10 tons. Not great, not terrible.”

    “Sir, you don’t understand, that’s all we are were able to count. There might also be as much as 200 tons of-”

    “NOT GREAT! NOT TERRIBLE!”

  2. Haliflax Explosion, minute by [minute](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKcXSCzcSZ4)

    Plus another video with 360 degree [view](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSuX9RvLq54)

  3. There was a TV movie made in 2003 called [Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion](https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368542/)

  4. I’ve thought of this too but assumed there’d be little interest outside Canada despite the story having an appeal to anyone interested in a catastrophe set in a seaport town. I’ve even posted a photo on Reddit of a house that was kilometres away from the explosion site that had its windows blown out. I think it was in r/historyporn.

    As a Canadian I’m embarrassed to say I was never taught about this event in school. I think it is covered in one of those “heritage moments” commercials produced by the Canadian government.

    Someone should send a tweet to Ellen Page. She’s from Halifax and loves to talk about her hometown. With the right story angle this could make an excellent series. I’m sure she’d be very proud and honoured to be involved in such a production.

    Edit: typo/autocorrect

  5. Maybe. I feel a big part of what makes Chernobyl so great is the sense of fear and gloom at all times because of the radiation being present. A silent killer you have no power at stopping and gives you one of the worst ways to die imaginable. It seems the halifax was your typical explosion which happens extremely quickly but after the fires are out every one is safe.

  6. It’s an interesting read, but I’m not sure it would make a very good miniseries. What makes Chernobyl great is the Cold War intrigue, the uniqueness of the disaster, and the unfolding horror of radiation poisoning.

  7. How about the Bhopal disaster or a chronology of ALL (or at least some of) the oil spills in Nigeria?

  8. I think the story could be told in 15 minutes and would be better as an episode of a series about disasters.

    The reason Chernobyl works well as a mini series is that it tells the story that surrounds the disaster itself which is where the intrigue comes in. There were a lot of moving parts and parties at conflict with one another, and at the center of it all was a mostly invisible killing force that the Soviet Union tried to throw a blanket over because national pride > global repercussions.

    The Halifax explosion, while interesting, was just an unfortunate accident that wasn’t nearly as impactful on a global scale.

  9. 10/10 would watch, but until then at least we have the [Heritage Minute](https://youtu.be/rw-FbwmzPKo).

  10. Well after the success of this mini-series, 99% chance that HBO is going to try to turn it in an anthology series.

  11. Ooooooh! Oh gosh, I never thought of that but that would be a phenomenal story! I hope this gets enough attention so we it can happen!

  12. Honestly, they should just throw money at Dan Carlin and turn Hardcore History into a historical drama series with a bunch of writers.

    Chernobyl seems like Part 2 of The Destroyer of Worlds.

    So many of them would be great. You can have a small series like The American Peril or ones with a massive scope like Blueprint for Armageddon or Supernova in the East.

  13. If we’re talking about wartime intrigue then the Black Tom explosion also at least deserves a mention.

    Thought to be the first act of terrorism conducted on US soil, it turned out to be state sponsored sabotage by the Germans.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Tom_explosion

  14. I hope Chernobyl inspires more Historical dramas. Maybe they won’t reach the quality and storytelling but I could totally have more in my life

  15. I present to you The [Goiânia Accident](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident)

    ​

    “The **Goiânia accident** was a [radioactive contamination](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioactive_contamination) accident that occurred on September 13, 1987, in [Goiânia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia), in the [Brazilian](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil) state of [Goiás](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A1s), after a forgotten [radiotherapy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation_therapy) source was taken from an abandoned hospital site in the city. It was subsequently handled by many people, resulting in four deaths. About 112,000 people were examined for radioactive contamination and 249 were found to have significant levels of radioactive material in or on their bodies.

    In the cleanup operation, [topsoil](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topsoil) had to be removed from several sites, and several houses were demolished. All the objects from within those houses were removed and examined. [*Time*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_(magazine)) magazine has identified the accident as one of the world’s “worst [nuclear disasters](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents_and_incidents)” and the [International Atomic Energy Agency](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Atomic_Energy_Agency) called it “one of the world’s worst radiological incidents”.”

  16. What Halifax explosion? Yes. I did wonder the other day if global warming kicked off as all the nuclear tests in the era began before thinking a station was ok.
    Apparently hundreds.

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