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Exploding broken gas line near Parker's Cafe, Soldotna 1960

Picture taken from 3/4 mile away. Looking east from Parker's Cafe and Bar (mile 1.5 Kenai Spur Highway) It was the practice of oil companies to run a "pig" through a new line. A pig is a cylindrical plug of a size to fit snug inside another pipe. Under great pressure it travels miles to prove the pipe is unobstructed. This test pig traveled from the well site to just past Parker's when a pipe weld gave way. At approximately 6:45 A.M, everyone within a two mile radius was awakened to a powerful noise, and a pink glow engulfed the outlying area. The oil company soon had everything under control.

Individuals

n/a

Collection

Cheechako News

Location

Soldotna, Alaska

Date

November 1960

Photographer

Cheechako file photo

Image Type

B&W print

Dimensions

13 x 13 m

Condition

good

Identified By

Marge Mullen

Date Cataloged

2001-02-20

Archive Location

KPC Anthropology Lab


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