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2 Killed, 13 Hurt as Peroxide Blast Shatters Chemical Plant, Starts Fire

Issue 1 and Volume 132.

2 Killed, 13 Hurt as Peroxide Blast Shatters Chemical Plant, Starts Fire Staff Correspondent Photos by Mike Meadows A series of explosions of undetermined cause that rocked a chemical plant on the southwest side of the City of Azusa, Calif., killed two civilians and injured 13 others, including three fire Fighters. Firemen from Azusa, Covina, Los Angeles County and two civil defense (Office of Emergency Services) strike teams from San Gabriel Valley area departments, joined to control the fierce fire which followed the explosions at the Norac Company, Inc., on the evening of June 13. The firm, which is one of the principal manufacturers of organic peroxides in the United States, occupies a complex that has a dozen separate facilities from office buildings to chemical plants and a tank farm with 15 tanks storing various chemicals, within an area of 475 X 275 feet. Across a railroad track, north of…

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