The Hartford Circus Fire:
Tragedy Under the Big Top
...the NEW book!
of author Michael Skidgell's definitive account of what happened at Hartford, Connecticut's Barbour Street circus grounds on the afternoon of July 6, 1944, and what conditions were in place for this tragedy to get so far out of control.
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Includes mini-biographies of 170 people believed to have died as a result of the circus fire.
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Almost 7,000 fans eagerly packed into the Ringling Brothers big top on July 6, 1944. With a single careless act, an afternoon at the “Greatest Show on Earth” quickly became one of terror and tragedy as the paraffin-coated circus tent caught fire. Panicked crowds rushed for the few exits, but in minutes, the tent collapsed on those still struggling to escape below. A total of 168 lives were lost, many of them children, with many more injured and forever scarred by the events. Hartford and the surrounding communities reeled in the aftermath as investigators searched for the source of the fire and the responsible parties. Through firsthand accounts, interviews with survivors and a gripping collection of vintage photographs, author Michael Skidgell attempts to make sense of one of Hartford’s worst tragedies.
Trailer for the book:
The Hartford Courant's
Sunday, April 13, 2014
"...describes the sketchy precautions by both the city and the circus before the fire, the event of the fire itself and its aftermath."
- Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant review
70 vintage photos!
"Author does not overwhelm us with too much information. Sticks to the pertinent facts and presents an easily read story."
- Tom D., Amazon.com review
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Afternoon of Terror: Remembering Hartford's Circus Fire - Hartford Courant article by author Mike Skidgell.
Author Mike Skidgell quoted in a Hartford Courant article by Aneri Pattani promoting the 70th anniversary of the Hartford circus fire.
Youth Journalism International coverage of the 70th Anniversary event remembering the Hartford Circus Fire, held July 6, 2014 at the Mark Twain House in Hartford.