Blueprint for Disaster

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Blueprint for Disaster
Also known as Seconds from Disaster (United Kingdom)
Genre Documentary
Disaster reenacement
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) Temple Street Productions
Distributor Discovery Communications
Original network Discovery Channel Canada
Original release 2004 (2004) – 2008
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Blueprint for Disaster is a Canadian documentary television series that premiered in 2004 on Discovery Channel Canada. Produced by Temple Street Productions, the program investigates why and how various disasters have happened. Toronto-based Voice Artist Adrian Bell provided the narration for the first series. The show also aired in the United Kingdom under the title Seconds from Disaster. As of 2008, two seasons have been produced.[1]


Season 1[edit]

# Title Date of disaster Disaster Description
1 1 "The Inferno at Kaprun" November 11, 2000 Kaprun disaster 155 skiers die in a fire at Kaprun Ski Resort. The deadly chain of events was caused by a heater in the rear attendant's cabin that also affected the alpine station 2 kilometres above the tunnel.
2 2 "The Crash at Eschede" June 3, 1998 Eschede train disaster A train derails, killing 101 people. Each wheel and carriage had to be re-engineered and replaced as a result of the incident.
3 3 "The Collapse of Big Blue" July 14, 1999 Big Blue collapse at Miller Park A gigantic crane (Lampson Transi-Lift 3 nicknamed Big Blue) standing at 567 ft toppled while manoeuvring a 450-ton roof section at Miller Park Stadium in Milwaukee, killing three workers and causing damage to the stadium.
4 4 "The Sampoong Collapse" June 29, 1995 Sampoong Department Store collapse Seoul's posh Sampoong department store collapsed in 20 seconds with more than 1,500 people inside. Investigators discover secrets in the original blueprint that explain the collapse.
5 5 "The Mystery of the Derbyshire" September 10, 1980 MV Derbyshire A ship vanishes without any trace. The investigation took 20 years before the cause of the tragedy was determined beyond doubt.
6 6 "The Kings Cross Disaster" November 18, 1987 King's Cross fire A fire kills 31 people at the Kings Cross station. Investigators spend months trying to explain the fire's unusual pattern, which they determined was started by a smoker's match.

Season 2[edit]

# Title Date of disaster Disaster Description
7 1 "Explosion at Enschede" May 13, 2000 Enschede fireworks disaster In Enschede, the Netherlands the S.E. Fireworks storage compound situated in a residential neighbourhood catches fire and explodes, killing 22 (4 firefighters and 18 civilians) and injuring more than 1,000. There were two explosions, with the first explosion equivalent to 800 kg TNT and the second was equivalent to just under 5,000 kg of TNT. The facility was authorized to hold 1.4G grade fireworks but actually contained quantities of 1.1G grade fireworks, adding to this, the facility was overloaded at the time.
8 2 "Off the Rails" January 31, 2003 Waterfall rail accident A four-carriage double-decker passenger train derails in New South Wales, Australia and slams into a rock face, killing 7 people.
9 3 "Wreck of The Rocknes" January 19, 2004 MV Rocknes The M.V. Rocknes, a 166m long fallpipe vessel, hit a shallow and suddenly capsized south of Bergen, Norway, killing 18 of 30 crew.
10 4 "Destruction in the Desert" May 4, 1988 PEPCON disaster At the Pacific Engineering and Production Company (PEPCON) in Henderson, Nevada which manufactures ammonium perchlorate (used in solid rocket fuel) has two massive explosions and damages an area 10 miles wide with 2 fatalities and 300+ people injured. The first explosion measured 3 on the Richter scale while the second measured 3.5 (equal to 1.5 million pounds of TNT). A Las Vegas airport (7 miles away) reported broken windows.
11 5 "Hong Kong Inferno" November 20, 1996 Garley Building fire In the deadliest building fire disaster in Hong Kong's history, hundreds of workers are trapped in the top floors of a 16-storey commercial tower. 41 people died, 81 others were injured.
12 6 "San Juan Explosion" November 21, 1996 Humberto Vidal Explosion A foul smell hangs around in the Humberto Vidal Shoe Store. After an air conditioner is switched on, the store explodes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Discovery Channel Nederland". Archived from the original on September 30, 2005. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 

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