SOVIETS AVERT ACCIDENT AT UFA REFINERY

The U.S.S.R. reports it has averted a disaster posed by a damaged smoke stack at a big refinery in Ufa, a Bashkir Republic petroleum center that lies between the Volga River and Ural Mountains. A large crack occurred at the 120 m level in the 150 m high stack, and the upper section threatened to fall on vital installations below. The installations included pipes moving oil, gas, and refined products. Officials ordered the refinery shut down, and workers were evacuated.

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