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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
00145290 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d054_f6_i2 CARL0005863289 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/73221
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