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Natural gas explosion at Sylmar
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Goodenow, Guy
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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At least 20 workers were trapped in an aqueduct tunnel near Sylmar, Calif., after a natural gas explosion. The workers were constructing part of a five-mile tunnel for the Department of Water and Power.
Photograph caption reads: "Federal authorities in cage are held by a crane beside huge exhaust pipe taking samples of exhaust to determine content of deadly carbon monoxide gas being drawn out of midway surge shaft that drops 140 feet straight down into the disaster tunnel. Readings all day Saturday were extremely high ... too high for men to survive very far toward the explosion site without oxygen tanks". Photograph dated: June 25,1971.
1 photographic print :b&w ;28 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
Explosions--California--Los Angeles
Search and rescue operations--California--Los Angeles
Construction industry--Accidents--California--Los Angeles
Construction workers--California--Los Angeles
Tunnels--California--Los Angeles
Natural gas--California--Los Angeles
Sylmar (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Los Angeles (Calif.).Department of Water and Power

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