Sansinena disaster in San Pedro (1976)

Sansinena disaster in San Pedro (1976)


A helicopter searchlight illuminates wreckage in Los Angeles Harbor after an explosion aboard the oil tanker Sansinena. The nighttime blast split the 810-foot vessel in two and rocked the coastline, shattering windows in Costa Mesa 21 miles away. Six crewmen died and more than 50 people were injured. Two crewmen and a dock security guard remain missing.

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Dec. 17, 1976: Split in two, the 810-foot Liberian oil tanker Sansinena burns in San Pedro in Los Angeles Harbor after an explosion aboard rocked the coast, shattering windows in Costa Mesa, 21 miles away. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 17, 1976: Sheets of flame light the sky as firefighters pour water on the inferno caused by the explosion of the Sansinena. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 17, 1976: An truck sits overturned by the explosion of the tanker Sansinena, whose bow is in background. The pickup truck was about 50 feet from the midsection of the ship. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Hodge / Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 18, 1976: Two men apparently escaped unharmed from a small shack housing a computer console for unloading operations at pier. The superstructure from the Sansinena flew over the shack and sits behind. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cal Montney / Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 27, 1976: A worker waters down a bridge section of the Sansinena. To the right of the worker is the main deck. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marilynn K. Lee / Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 28, 1976: Aerial view of the Sansinena wreckage with oil spill and containment equipment deployed. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Brandt / Los Angeles Times

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Jan: 12, 1977: Bow section of the Sansinena being cut up by salvage barge. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

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Dec. 20, 1976: U.S. Coast Guard divers prepare to search the water around the Sansinena. PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

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