The airship Hindenburg, arriving from Europe, was being led to its mooring at Lakehurst, New Jersey when suddenly disaster struck. The hydrogen-filled zeppelin ignited, and was almost instantly transformed into an enormous fireball. In less than a minute, the entire ship had been consumed by flames. The Hindenburg explosion marked the end of the budding airship travel industry. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
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Of all five newsreels filmed from the disaster, none show the moment the fire first broke out. Most of the cameramen had their cameras aimed at the ground crew and only started rolling seconds after the fire first appeared. The Pathe Cameraman, William Deeke, did have his camera focused on the airship as it caught fire, but his camera malfunctioned. He had to set up a hand crank and by the time he started filming the ship was already burning and its tail was already on the ground. The footage shown in the Hearst and Universal Newsreels (filmed by Hearst's James Seeley) is the most complete of the four reels filmed. See more
It's practically standing still now. They've dropped ropes out of the nose of the ship, and it's been taken ahold of down on the field by a number of men. It's starting to rain again; the rain had slacked up a little bit. The back motors of the ship are just holding it, just enough to keep it from...
[the Hindenberg suddenly explodes
It burst into flames! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It's fire and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my! ...