Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 52

Engineering Disasters 10

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2004 on The History Channel
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Engineering Disasters 10
Disasters investigated include: the 1984 Union Carbide debacle in Bhopal, India, where a toxic chemical release killed 3,800 people and left 11,000 with disabling respiratory ailments; and the 2003 sudden collapse of a 10-story parking garage at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey that killed four and injured 20. We find out why a series of structures in Hutchinson, Kansas mysteriously caught fire and exploded in 2001; and examine the 1933 construction of a canal ordered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin that later proved to be nearly useless and cost many lives. And we get to the bottom of a maritime mystery, when a tanker carrying non-explosive materials in San Francisco Bay blew up in 1983.moreless

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Colleen Buggeln

Colleen Buggeln

Herself (Blast Supervisor)

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Carol Froese

Carol Froese

Herself (Hutchinson Store Owner)

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Joe Palacioz

Joe Palacioz

Himself (Hutchinson City Manager)

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