Feb. 20, 1947: Explosion at O’Connor Electro-Plating Corp. building. Published caption: Firemen, police officers and volunteer rescuers here are combing the ruins, searching for victims still trapped beneath fallen bricks, timbers and whole sections of broken buildings. Compression blew out windows in near-by buildings and shattered glass in some structures more than a mile away, while reverberating roar carried as far as San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Harbor. It was the worst blast in city’s history.

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