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By Michael Skidgell

nearly 7,000 lovers eagerly packed into the Ringling Brothers immense best on July 6, 1944. With a unmarried careless act, a day on the "Greatest express on the earth" speedy grew to become one among terror and tragedy because the paraffin-coated circus tent stuck fireplace. Panicked crowds rushed for the few exits, yet in mins, the tent collapsed on these nonetheless suffering to flee lower than. a complete of 168 lives have been misplaced, lots of them youngsters, with many extra injured and perpetually scarred via the occasions. Hartford and the encompassing groups reeled within the aftermath as investigators sought for the resource of the hearth and the accountable events. via firsthand bills, interviews with survivors and a gripping number of classic pictures, writer Michael Skidgell makes an attempt to make experience of 1 of Hartford's worst tragedies.

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