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Demolition squad destroys dangers
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Valley Times Photo Collection
Keeshen, Walt
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The Chatsworth Reservoir was the main water storage facility for the western San Fernando Valley from 1920 to 1950, primarily serving agricultural irrigation needs. The reservoir was operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. After the San Fernando earthquake in 1971 the reservoir was deemed unsafe. It was drained and taken out of service.
Photograph caption dated May 31, 1956 reads, "Explosion to save lives - Earth and rock fountain high in air after practice explosion by Los Angeles City Fire Department Demolition Squad No. 1 at Chatsworth Reservoir. Although located in Hollywood, squad is manned almost exclusively by Valley personnel. Its primary job is to blow up buildings to create fire break in case of serious earthquake, which it can do only under order of department's chief engineer. Established in 1951, squad's everyday job is destroying natural and manmade hazards such as caves, abandoned buildings."; See images #00145290 through #00145297 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Fire Department
Demolition--California--Chatsworth (Los Angeles)
Reservoirs--California--Chatsworth (Los Angeles)
Fire departments--California--Los Angeles
Fire engines--California--Los Angeles
Fire fighters--California--Los Angeles
Explosions--California--Los Angeles
Explosives--California--Los Angeles
Dynamite--California--Los Angeles
Chatsworth (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Portrait photographs
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