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1927 Pittsburgh gas explosion...



Item # 647945

November 14, 1927

THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 14, 1927

* Pittsburgh gasometer explosion (early 1st report)
* Largest gas tank in the World at the time


The top of the front page has a three column headline: "21 KILLED IN GAS TANK EXPLOSION AT PITTSBURGH; 600 HURT, 13 MISSING; RUINS DYNAMITED IN HUNT FOR BODIES" with subheads. (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 60 pages, irregular along the spine with a few staples present, otherwise in very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The Pittsburg gasometer explosion, or Equitable Gas explosion, was a bizarre accident that took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the morning of November 14, 1927. A huge cylindrical gasometer, the largest in the world at that time, developed a leak, and repairmen were sent to fix it. The repairmen used an open flame blowtorch to find the leak. This turned out to be a serious mistake. The leak was found, but the tank full of natural gas then floated into the air like a balloon and exploded, causing a rain of fire and metal over a one mile radius. 28 people were killed and hundreds were injured.

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