NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1978
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(Studio) Recent rash of flash fires in Hartford, Illinois, caused by gasoline floating on underground water table, noted. Reaction of townspeople reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Hartford, Illinois) Longterm good relations between Hartford and nearby oil refineries that have been changed by recent series of fires outlined. [Thelma MORSE - describes 1st fire.] Illinois environmental officials' beliefs about oil and gasoline floating on Hartford's underground water table after having probably leaked from pipelines owned by Shell, Amoco and Clark Oil Companies detailed. Refineries' denial of leaks at present stated. Hartford civil defense director's checking of potential danger areas noted. [Fire victim Eugene OVERTON - feels people are sitting on powder barrel and several could be killed.] Illinois preparations to order at least one of refineries to pump gasoline out of ground to defuse situation cited.
REPORTER: Jim Cummins