Summary After the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, dynamite was used as a fire-fighting technique which resulted in significant collateral damage. Over ten days, explosions occurred every few minutes, ratcheting up panic and unease.
💥 Authorities used dynamite as a fire-fighting technique after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
🔥 Spontaneous fires started almost immediately after the earthquake.
💣 Dynamite was thought to stop the spread of fire across rubble.
💥 Explosions occurred every few minutes over ten days following the earthquake.
🏠 Twenty-two blocks of “handsome and costly” Victorian homes were destroyed by dynamite to prevent the spread of fire.