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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.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
After surrounding an underground bunker in Washingon state for almost a day, King County SWAT officers used explosives Saturday to blow their way inside -- where they found the body of a man believed to be survivalist Peter Keller. Keller, 41, was suspected of killing his wife and daughter last weekend and setting the family's house on fire. Seattle police and King County sheriff's teams, after locating the bunker, had been attempting to negotiate with him, King County Sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson told The Times.
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
May 28, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Police swarmed Disneyland on Tuesday evening as they were trying to determine the chain of events that led to the explosion of a dry ice "bomb" at Toontown, authorities said. No immediate injuries were reported after the 5:30 p.m. blast, the Anaheim Police Department said. The Anaheim Fire Department did not respond to the incident, spokeswoman Maria Sabol said. "As a precaution we have evacuated Toontown," police Sgt. Bob Dunn told The Times. The dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in a trash can, Dunn said.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Ruben Vives
A 22-year-old Disneyland employee accused of exploding a so-called dry ice bomb in the park's Toontown is being held on bail of $1 million. Long Beach resident Christian Barnes worked as an outdoor vending "cast member. " He could not be reached for comment. In his North Long Beach neighborhood Wednesday, one neighbor described Barnes as a "good kid. " "This is a good family and a good neighborhood," said the woman, who declined to be identified. Barnes was booked on suspicion of possession of a destructive device.
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