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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.
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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.
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.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A paramedic arrested for possessing bomb-making materials after he responded to the massive fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas, has denied any connection between the fire and the charges he faces. Bryce Reed, 31, released a statement through his attorney Saturday saying he "vigorously denies" charges filed against him Friday. He is accused of passing bomb-making materials to a resident in nearby Abbott, Texas, where they were discovered by the West bomb squad on Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials who arrested him. The complaint detailed the materials found, including a 3.5-inch length of galvanized metal pipe with two galvanized end caps attached, one of which had a 1/8-inch hole drilled in it. There were also canisters containing hobby fuse, a lighter, a digital scale, a plastic spoon and six coils of metal ribbon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Robin Abcarian and Robert J. Lopez
The powerful explosion that rocked UC Berkeley sent students scrambling for safety and left people screaming for help as they were trapped in elevators stuck between floors, witnesses told The Times. The blast and fire, which left four people with minor burns, was north of California Hall and probably caused by the theft of copper wire from an off-campus electrical station, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. He initially said that the incident was at California Hall but revised that report during an update at a news conference Monday night.
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 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday. Preliminary findings  from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical disaster in West, Texas, include: The firefighters should have been trained to deal with the stockpile of ammonium nitrate at West Fertilizer Co.  State regulators should not have allowed the fertilizer to be stored in wooden containers.  Local authorities should have considered keeping schools and homes farther away from the plant.
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.
SPORTS
December 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It was a scary day if you were living in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday. During the early morning hours, a gas pipeline that feeds a local power station exploded, then in an unrelated incident later in the morning , a magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked the city. Sochi is to be host of the 2014 Winter Olympics, scheduled for Feb. 7-23. There were no reported injuries from either incident. Russia President Vladimir Putin ordered authorities to inspect Olympic sites, particularly those under construction, to ensure that there was no damage.
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