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Oil Industry / Explosion / Louisiana #44821

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 13, 1976
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(Studio) Investigators seeking cause of explosion at oil refinery in Chalmette, LA, killing 12 men. Men were working on tower which had been out of operation several weeks
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Chalmette, LA) After explosion occurred, flash fire swept through tank where 12 were working. Some of bodies not immediately identifiable because of burns. Most of men worked for subcontractor of Tenneco performing routine maintenance on tower. Tenneco execs., insurance men and government inspectors trying to find out what happened. If explosion had occurred 30 mins. later workmen would have been out to lunch.
REPORTER: Paul Amos (WVUE-TV,New Orleans)

Reasoner, Harry

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