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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Campus officials at UC Berkeley have brought in temporary generators to restore power to key buildings following an outage and explosion earlier this week. The explosion -- which prompted an evacuation -- rocked the campus at 6:30 p.m. Monday, about two hours after a power system failure, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. At least four people sustained minor injuries.  Perhaps most crucial to keeping classes on schedule is the generator officials rented to restore power to Dwinelle Hall, "where hundreds of students are scheduled to take midterm exams this week," according to the UC Berkeley public affairs office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 22-year-old Northern California man was severely burned in an explosion sparked while he was using a flammable substance allegedly to make hash oil from marijuana, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. Jeffrey Isaiah Bolds sustained second- and-third-degree burns on his face and hands when the explosion tore through his home in Cottonwood, according to the Shasta County Interagency Narcotics Task Force. A 2-month-old baby and a 17-year-old girl were in another room but were not injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Police were evacuating people Tuesday evening at Disneyland's Toontown after a report of an explosion that appeared to have involved dry ice, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the blast, which was called in about 5:30 p.m, Sgt. Robert Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said. "As a precaution we have evacuated Toontown," Dunn told The Times.  He said the dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle. Officers on the scene were gathering evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2013 | By Dan Weikel and Steve Clow
A fireworks explosion injured at least 14 people Thursday evening during a Fourth of July celebration in Simi Valley, authorities reported. The accidental detonation occurred during a professional fireworks display attended by thousands of people at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Park on East Los Angeles Avenue. Amid the chaos, Ventura County firefighters set up a triage center in the park, where they treated adults and children, many of them hit by flying debris. Some people were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A group of 11 buildings at UC Berkeley remained without power Tuesday after an outage and explosion on campus the night before prompted an evacuation. The explosion rocked the campus at 6:30 p.m. Monday, about two hours after a power system failure, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. Four people suffered minor burns. Mogulof said the blast and fire north of California Hall was probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical system. That theft was discovered last week and reportedly repaired Sunday.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Michael Muskal
Even as as President Obama pledged federal assistance to the devastated community, morning rainfall was hampering search and rescue efforts Thursday at the site of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion, which killed as many as 15 people and injured 160. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said more than 200 law enforcement officers from throughout Texas are trying to recover bodies from the debris and rescue possible survivors. The explosion destroyed and damaged homes and leveled apartment buildings within a half-mile radius of the close-knit town, located about 20 miles north of Waco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man whose truck exploded in North Hollywood while he was huffing propane inside the cab turned himself in to police, but wasn't arrested, authorities said. The truck mysteriously exploded Tuesday morning in the  11300 block of Miranda Street. The blast blew open the truck's roof, shattered windows and startled neighbors. No one could explain what happened -- until Tuesday night, when a man with a burned scalp and face walked into Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood substation.
NATIONAL
November 30, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
The Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande, Ariz., was evacuated Friday morning after an explosion, authorities said. A small, simple device exploded and charred the outside of the building's side doors about 8:25 a.m., said Case Grande Fire Marshal Barbara Rice. A car near the entrance appeared to be damaged. “It wasn't a pipe bomb or anything of that nature,” she said. There was smoke damage inside the building and briefly a fire, but no one was injured, Rice said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
  People were being allowed back inside Disneyland's Toontown on Tuesday evening after a dry ice "bomb" explosion earlier in the day. The dry-ice device appeared similar to other devices that have exploded in Anaheim neighborhoods in recent months, Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said. "Unfortunately, it's an all too-common experience," Dunn told The Times.  He said police were investigating whether there was any connection between those explosions and the blast at Toontown, which forced authorities to clear the popular area about 5:30 p.m.  Dunn said Toontown was reopened about 7:30 p.m. It appeared that the dry ice was placed in a plastic bottle and left in a trash can. The blast was confined to the trash can, and there were no apparent injuries, according to police.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and David Zucchino
Seven Marines were killed during a training exercise at a U.S. Army depot in western Nevada, Marine Corps officials said Tuesday. The explosion shortly before 10 p.m. Monday at Hawthorne Army Depot also injured several others from the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C., according to a statement released to The Times by Marine Captain Binford R. Strickland. At least eight injured were in  Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., where they were listed in conditions from serious to fair, a spokeswoman told The Times.
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