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Kite hits wire; area blacks out
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph article dated March 23, 1950 partially reads, "A boy's homemade kite got tangles up in some power lines near Arminta St. and Wilbur Ave. in Reseda. Results: (1) Two 4000-volt wires came down, cutting off electrical service to hundreds of Reseda and Northridge homes for an hour late yesterday. (2) The wires hit the steel cab of a truck, and a spluttering, flashing explosion took place. (3) One of the wires also touched a 6-year-old boy and burned his chin and hands." Photograph caption reads, "Escapes death - Burned by a high voltage wire snagged by a kite, Allen 'Butch' Markow, 6, escaped serious injury in Reseda today. He is shown with his father, Howard, after first aid treatment."
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Fathers and sons--California--Los Angeles
Burns and scalds--California--Los Angeles
Accident victims--California--Los Angeles
Kites--California--Los Angeles
Boys--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Reseda (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Valley Times Collection photographs
Time Period

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