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Blast and fire level city block
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 caption dated June 17, 1976 reads, "Aerial view photographed when flames were under control shows the devastated area's proximity to the busy Santa Monica Freeway (top of picture) and densely populated residential area. Leveled area is along Venice Boulevard between Bagley on the east and Cardiff on the west."
1 photographic print :b&w ;35 x 28 cm. on sheet 36 x 29 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 41
Explosions--California--Los Angeles
Fires--California--Los Angeles
Express highways--California, Southern
Streets--California--Venice (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Venice (Los Angeles)
Venice Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Interstate 10
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Aerial photographs
Time Period

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