DISASTER: The Tanks Go Up

In 1940 the East Ohio Gas Co. began constructing three big spherical tanks, and a smaller cylindrical one, at their sprawling plant in Cleveland's east side. Each was a giant thermos bottle, cunningly built to contain a strange substance—natural gas reduced to liquid under intense cold. One tank leaked slightly, but it was repaired. After that the tanks performed a miracle of storage. The liquid they held, when vaporized would become 240,000,000 cubic feet of inflammable gas. One afternoon last week, a white, cloudlike stream squirted from one of them. A thick...

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