OIL: Crude Cuts

The dank, smelly meadows of Linden, N.J. are pimpled with an enormous collection of oil tanks—30 belonging to Sinclair, 175 to Cities Service, 800 to Standard Oil of New Jersey—huddled closely around one of the largest U.S. refineries (Standard's). One day last week a Cities Service tank of ethyl gasoline blew up with force enough to toss its top 150 yards. A flaming geyser of 1,680,000 gallons of gasoline in a few minutes was splattering a dozen other tanks. By midnight 18 tanks had collapsed into a scarlet pool of blazing oil. Watchers got scorched cheeks a mile away. Men...

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