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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Authorities on Friday said they believe at least one pyrotechnic device prematurely detonated in its mortar during a Fourth of July celebration in Simi Valley on Thursday night, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other pyrotechnics and launched them into the crowd of spectators. The major fireworks malfunction at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park at 9:20 p.m. injured at least 28 people, who suffered minor to severe injuries. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered to watch the professional fireworks display.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A pipe bomb that was found Monday in front of the main entrance to the El Dorado County Probation Department near Sacramento failed to explode possibly because it malfunctioned, authorities said. The pipe was about 8 inches long and capped on both ends. It was attached to what looked like a makeshift fuse and "appeared to have been hastily dropped by unknown individuals," according to a news release from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.  About two dozen people from the Shingle Springs, Calif., probation office were evacuated while an explosives team investigated.  Authorities declared the scene clear about three hours after the pipe bomb was discovered.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 1992
Hilburn is not alone in his response to Bolton's musical detonation. I happen to work in an office where the P.A. pipes in one of those "easy listening" stations. But the listening is never easy when a Bolton number comes up in the all-too-frequent rotation. If love is supposed to hurt, Bolton must have it really bad. I just don't know how he can hold a microphone and sing at the same time. KEVIN GILLOGLY Van Nuys
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Joseph Serna
All lanes of the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills were reopened Thursday morning after a report of a suspicious package was cleared, the California Highway Patrol said. The freeway was closed for about three hours while authorities investigated a possible pipe bomb. Authorities detonated the package about 10:30 a.m. and reopened the lanes by 11 a.m., officials said. A   Caltrans   crew reportedly found the suspicious device along the freeway near the Shoup Avenue exit and called authorities at 8:12 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
NEWS
September 15, 1985
The number of bombings in the United States in the first six months of this year decreased by 6%, compared to the same period a year ago, the FBI said. The bureau said explosive bombings were down 3%, while incendiary bombings declined 20%. Of the 362 incidents reported this year, actual detonation or ignition occurred 306 times. Only one bombing was attributed to a terrorist group, which the FBI did not identify.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
An explosive device that malfunctioned during a Navy training exercise is missing in the ocean near the Hotel del Coronado and could pose a danger should it wash up on the beach, officials said. The device is a time-delay demolition charge used to blow up enemy mines. The Navy said it was attached to a fake mine during an explosives drill 300 yards off the coast Friday. The primary charge exploded as intended but did not trigger a complete detonation. Officials said it would take great pressure and an ignition source for the device to explode, but anyone who comes across the explosive is asked to leave it alone and call 911.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
An Ojai city fireworks show was stopped soon after it began when a pyrotechnic operator was injured, officials said.  A pyrotechnic "prematurely went off and seriously injured one of the operators," according to notes on the incident, said Cpt. Dave Wareham of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The show was scheduled to begin at Nordhoff High School at 9:15 p.m., according to promotional materials online. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m., Wareham said. Wareham said no other information on the victim or the extent of the injury was available.  Cal OSHA and the Ventura County Fire Department are continuing to investigate, Wareham said.  The problem in Ojai was overshadowed by a major fireworks malfunction in nearby Simi Valley, where 28 people were injured.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2010 | By Ken Dilanian, Richard A. Serrano and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
The two makeshift bombs in U.S.-bound packages found on cargo planes Friday in England and Dubai were wired to explode, at least one via a cellphone detonator, U.S. officials said Saturday. In Yemen, where the packages originated, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in a short news conference late Saturday that authorities had identified a woman who was suspected of involvement in mailing the packages. The Associated Press reported that the woman had been arrested. Saleh said Yemeni forces acted on a tip from U.S. officials, who had passed on a telephone trace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1998 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The detonation of three, 30-year-old artillery shells found at Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Lab has been postponed until today because county fire officials were working to extinguish small blazes Monday. The exact origin of the three small shells--all a foot or less long and believed to be live--is not known. Workers engaged in a $55-million cleanup of Rocketdyne's property found the devices Wednesday in a brush-covered ravine in the Happy Valley-area field lab.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1993
A maintenance worker cleaning out a portable storage shed Tuesday afternoon discovered a box filled with sticks of old dynamite. The worker called police at 3 p.m. after discovering the box, which was leaking and had the word "dynamite" written on it, Irvine Police Sgt. Gary Shull said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
An Ojai city fireworks show was stopped soon after it began when a pyrotechnic operator was injured, officials said.  A pyrotechnic "prematurely went off and seriously injured one of the operators," according to notes on the incident, said Cpt. Dave Wareham of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The show was scheduled to begin at Nordhoff High School at 9:15 p.m., according to promotional materials online. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m., Wareham said. Wareham said no other information on the victim or the extent of the injury was available.  Cal OSHA and the Ventura County Fire Department are continuing to investigate, Wareham said.  The problem in Ojai was overshadowed by a major fireworks malfunction in nearby Simi Valley, where 28 people were injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Authorities on Friday said they believe at least one pyrotechnic device prematurely detonated in its mortar during a Fourth of July celebration in Simi Valley on Thursday night, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other pyrotechnics and launched them into the crowd of spectators. The major fireworks malfunction at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park at 9:20 p.m. injured at least 28 people, who suffered minor to severe injuries. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered to watch the professional fireworks display.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A federal grand jury in Boston indicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday in the Boston Marathon bombings, charging that he and his brother were inspired by Al Qaeda propaganda and believed the blasts that killed three people and injured more than 260 others would avenge U.S. activities overseas. The 30-count indictment charged the Chechen immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen with detonating a weapon of mass destruction resulting in deaths. It said he scrawled what amounted to a confession while hiding in a drydocked boat before his capture in Watertown, Mass., four days after the April 15 bombings.
OPINION
September 25, 2012 | By Patrick Tyler
Moshe Dayan, the one-eyed general who led Israel to military victories in the 1956 Suez war and the Six-Day War of 1967, believed in what he called a "detonator" strategy for the Jewish state. "When someone wishes to force on us things which are detrimental to our existence, there will be an explosion which will shake up wide areas, and realizing this, such elements in the international system will do their utmost to prevent damage to us. " Speaking to Israel's military elite after the Suez campaign, Dayan acknowledged that his was not a "constructive thesis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The FBI has been brought in to help investigate a cache of explosives — grenades, blasting caps and fuse igniters — found in a backpack under a bridge in Placentia on Monday. Orange County bomb squad officials were brought in after the backpack was discovered about 8:50 a.m. Monday by people working in a drainage ditch, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said. After cordoning off the area, bomb technicians detonated the contents of the backpack, including six grenades, blasting caps, fuse igniters and blasting powder.
WORLD
December 7, 2011 | By Hashmat Baktash and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Bomb blasts targeting Shiite Muslim gatherings Tuesday in two Afghan cities killed at least 59 people and injured 150, a rare outbreak of sectarian violence in a country racked by 10 years of war with Taliban insurgents. A noontime blast in Kabul, the capital, involved a suicide bomber hidden among a throng of Shiite worshipers outside the Abul Fazal Abbas shrine, said Gen. Mohammed Zahir, head of criminal investigations for the Kabul police. That attack killed at least 55 people and injured 134, the Interior Ministry said.
NEWS
May 20, 1988 | From Reuters
The French navy said Thursday that one of its mine-hunting ships patrolling international waters in the Persian Gulf had tracked down and detonated two mines.
NEWS
April 29, 1985 | Associated Press
Terrorists bombed businesses in two West German cities today, and authorities warned that "spectacular attacks" are possible during the seven-nation economic summit meeting that opens in Bonn on Thursday. Leftist extremists opposed to the summit, to be attended by President Reagan, claimed responsibility for three bomb blasts in Cologne and Duesseldorf. The explosions caused extensive damage to a chemical concern, an employers' association and a bank, but no injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Federal environmental officials were planning to detonate at least one canister of highly volatile gas at a Sylmar industrial park early Sunday and were set to shut down a portion of the 210 Freeway as a safety precaution. Authorities say that a canister of gas, a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen, is too volatile to move. Instead it will be exploded on site at Rainbow of Hope, an alternative energy company at 12349 Gladstone Avenue. An August explosion at the building ripped a hole in the roof and blew two workers onto the street, officials said.
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