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Blast and fire level city block
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Mercurio, Conrad
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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A wall of fire roared through a block of Venice Boulevard in the Venice area destroying businesses and apartments and leaving at least two dead and 26 injured. Large fireballs were hurled and thick black smoke billowed 300 feet into the air, when an excavation machine on a state street-widening project struck a buried Standard Oil Co. 8-inch pipeline. The gasoline, under 600 pounds of pressure per square inch, shot up like a fountain and formed a mist; then came the explosion. A full investigation was promised by Caltrans, which had contracted with a private construction firm for the street-widening work.
Photograph caption dated June 17, 1976 reads, "Charred remains of two buildings is all that is left standing after a massive gasoline pipeline explosion leveled a block of buildings in West Los Angeles, killing at least two persons. The blast was apparently triggered when a road construction tractor severed a pipeline while breaking up street (foreground)."
1 photographic print :b&w ;24 x 35 cm. on sheet 29 x 36 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 41
Fire fighters--California--Culver City
Explosions--California--Culver City
Fires--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Venice (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Venice (Los Angeles)
Venice Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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