Palms-Culver City gasoline pipeline explosion (1976)

Palms-Culver City gasoline pipeline explosion (1976)


A wall of fire, touched off when an underground gasoline line was ruptured by workmen, roared through a block of Venice Blvd. in the Palms-Culver City area Wednesday, destroying businesses and apartments and leaving at least two dead and 26 injured.

Stores and a half dozen automobiles were engulfed by the flames spewing from the high-pressure gasoline line.

The entire north side of the 9500 block of Venice Blvd. was wiped out.

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June 16, 1976: Firemen from Culver City, Los Angeles city and county battle fires after explosion on West Venice Boulevard. Heat from blast and fires scorched the bus bench. This photo was published in the June 17, 1976, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fitzgerald Whitney / Los Angeles Times

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June 16, 1976: Fireball at blast site on Venice Boulevard in Palms near Culver City after explosion levels a city block. This photo was published in the June 17, 1976, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times.

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June 16, 1976: Firemen battle blaze following gasoline pipeline explosion in Palms near Culver City. This photo was published in the June 17, 1976, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fitzgerald Whitney / Los Angeles Times

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PREVIOUS June 16, 1976: Paramedics give aid to victim of gasoline explosion on edge of Culver City. This photo was published on the June 17, 1976, Los Angeles Times front page. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fitzgerald Whitney / Los Angeles Times

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June 17, 1976: Firemen check wreckage the morning after explosion and fire on the edge of Culver City. PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Fry / Los Angeles Times.

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June 17, 1976: Overhead view of north side of Venice Boulevard where gasoline explosion destroyed seven buildings and killed nine people. This photo was published in the June 18, 1976, Los Angeles Times. Photo taken from KMPC helicopter. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

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June 17, 1976: Martin Kosven looks over the remains of his auto parts store on Venice Boulevard after gasoline explosion leveled an entire block in the Palms area near Culver City. Kosven suffered burns on one arm and neck. This photo was published in the June 18, 1976, Los Angeles Times. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Varie / Los Angeles Times

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