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House trailer ripped to pieces by blast, 3 persons injured
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph caption dated April 12, 1952 reads, "This pile of splintered wreckage was all that was left today of what used to be a house trailer in Van Nuys. It blew up like a bomb, injuring three people. Mary N. Ballard, 34, who was asleep in the trailer, was rescued from death by Frank Kroutil, 45, who also was hurt. Third person injured was Mrs. Kazuko Homada, 22, an expectant mother who was in an adjoining trailer. Leaky butane gas tank was blamed."
1 photographic print :b&w ;20 x 24 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 41
Explosions--California--Los Angeles
Debris--California--Los Angeles
Mobile homes--California--Los Angeles
Dwellings--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles)
Trailer camps--California--Los Angeles
Butane--California--Los Angeles
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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