March 31, 2014 |
Hundreds of people were being evacuated from Plymouth, Wash., a small town in southern Washington after an explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing facility left at least four people injured, according to the local sheriff. The blast, which brought reports of a fireball at least 30 feet high, happened around 8:20 a.m. at a facility owned by Williams, a Tulsa, Okla.-based energy company, Benton County Sheriff Steve Keane told the Los Angeles Times. At least one of those injured was a worker, said Keane, who didn't have information on the victims' conditions.
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July 4, 2013 |
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.
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October 1, 2013 |
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.
April 18, 2013 |
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.
April 22, 2014 |
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.
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October 24, 2013 |
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.
December 26, 2012 |
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.
November 30, 2012 |
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.
March 19, 2013 |
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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May 29, 2013 |
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.