Nixon is an unincorporated community located within Edison Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. It was named after Lewis Nixon, a manufacturer and community leader. Soon after the outbreak of World War I, Nixon established a massive volatile chemicals processing facility there, known as the Nixon Nitration Works. It was the site of the 1924 Nixon Nitration Works disaster, a massive explosion and resulting fire that killed 20 persons and destroyed several square miles around the plant.
- ^ a b "Nixon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed February 11, 2015.
- ^ Staff. "FERTILIZER PLANT BLOWS UP; Theory Is That TNT, Accidentally Left in Shells, Caused Blast.", The New York Times, March 2, 1924. Accessed March 20, 2012. "At least twenty persons were killed yesterday in an explosion of a two-story tile and brick fertilizer building of Ammonite Company at Nixon, N.J., six miles northeast of New Brunswick. A dozen others were unaccounted for last night and were listed as missing."