Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Explosion at Liberty!
The noise of the explosion was heard as far away as Maryland and Connecticut. On Ellis Island, terrified immigrants were evacuated by ferry to the Battery. Shrapnel pierced the Statue of Liberty (the arm of the Statue was closed to visitors after this). Property damage was estimated at $20 million. It is not known how many died.
Why the explosion? Was it an accident or planned? According to historians, the Germans sabotaged the Lehigh Valley munitions depot in order to stop deliveries being made to the British who had blockaded the Germans in Europe.
You are walking on a site which saw one of the worse acts of terrorism in American history.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.566′ N, 74° 3.444′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is on Morris Pesin Drive, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Liberation (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morris Pesinís Legendary Canoe Trip Which Launched Liberty State Park The Salt Marsh (approx. 0.4 miles away); Changes in the Land (approx. 0.6 miles away); Inside the Statue (approx. 0.6 miles away); Symbolism (approx. 0.6 miles away); Statue Facts (approx. 0.6 miles away); “Mother of Exiles” (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. Marker is in the picnic area at the southern end of Liberty State Park.
Also see . . .
1. Statue of Liberty. (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Ellis Island. (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Wikipedia article about the explosion and those responsible. (Submitted on July 24, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Military • Notable Events • War, World I •
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