The havoc wrought by the explosion of TNT at the Naval Ammunition Depot, Lake Denmark, New Jersey, in July, 1926, caused those charged with the safety of naval munitions ashore to resurvey their situation and to provide against such catastrophes in the future.
This was the first great explosion to occur in a naval ammunition depot ashore. Magazine layouts had been designed many years ago when high explosives such as TNT (trinitrotoluol) were unknown. As the power of explosives increased, we continued to store, in bulk, immense quantities without knowledge as to the proper spacing to insure safety, and although these magazines once were isolated, now they have become surrounded by more or less populous communities. Under these conditions there could be only one result following an explosion in any single magazine, viz.: the ignition of others causing powerful detonations with their attendant disastrous circumstances.