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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.
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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
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.
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.
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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