Photograph was edited for publication purposes. A wall of fire roared through a block of Venice Boulevard in the Venice area destroying businesses and apartments and leaving at least two dead and 26 injured. Large fireballs were hurled and thick black smoke billowed 300 feet into the air, when an excavation machine on a state street-widening project struck a buried Standard Oil Co. 8-inch pipeline. The gasoline, under 600 pounds of pressure per square inch, shot up like a fountain and formed a mist; then came the explosion. A full investigation was promised by Caltrans, which had contracted with a private construction firm for the street-widening work. Photograph dated June 17, 1976.
1 photographic print :b&w ;25 x 20 cm. on sheet 26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
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