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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Anh Do, Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Anaheim police were reviewing video surveillance footage and examining Internet postings and social media as part of their investigation of an apparent dry ice explosion at Disneyland. The dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in a trash can in Toontown. The explosion was confined to the can, according to the Anaheim Police Department. The device appeared similar to other devices that have exploded in Anaheim neighborhoods in recent months, Sgt. Bob Dunn said.
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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.
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.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Monte Morin
WEST, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday called for the prayers of all Americans as he described “a nightmare scenario” in this small town where a fertilizer plant explosion injured about 160 and killed an unknown number in a blast so powerful houses were knocked from foundations. Earlier Thursday, officials estimated that between five and 15 people had been killed, including first responders. But Perry said he "was not comfortable" releasing the number of dead as search and rescue operations were underway.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2010 | Hartford Courant
Possible gaps in safety protocols at the Kleen Energy power plant are at the center of the investigation into an explosion Sunday that killed five and injured 12. The blast occurred during the process of purging an underground, high-pressure natural gas pipeline that runs about 800 to 1,000 feet through the facility. Sources familiar with the purging operation and the construction and maintenance of the pipeline reported several concerns, including that welding operations weren't entirely halted and other ignition sources may have been present during the purging Sunday morning.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2012 | By John M. Glionna and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
AURORA, Colo. -- Mourners continued to come forward to name their relatives and friends killed in the Colorado theater shooting while authorities on Saturday were undertaking the dangerous work of dismantling explosives in the booby-trapped apartment of shooting suspect James Holmes. Shortly after 11:30 a.m. local time, officials set off a controlled detonation inside the unit. An officer could be heard yelling "fire in the hole" and an explosion was heard about a block away. Police had planned to enter Holmes' apartment to seek clues about the science student who authorities say turned into a deadly gunman, terrorizing a suburban movie theater showing the latest Batman film.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Unlike trees, when a meteor falls in the wilderness, everyone can hear it. And some Orange County residents think that's exactly what they heard when a thunderous boom rattled windows, scared pets and startled homeowners from their sleep early Tuesday morning. About 12:15 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff's Department received three or four calls from residents in Lake Forest's Foothill Ranch community about a loud explosion and a flash of light. Several South Orange County residents also tweeted about the incident, asking about the source of the blast.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo and Frank Shyong
WEST, Texas -- Officials confirmed Thursday that 11 first responders were among the dead in a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant that injured at least 160 and devastated a section of this small town. State public safety officials have declined to specify how many people were killed in the explosion. Tom Muska, mayor of West, said early in the day that he feared the death toll could be as high as 35 to 40, “because they are unaccounted for and still missing.” Later in the evening Muska revised his estimate to about 14 after crews had searched 80% of the damaged homes and 75% of the apartments.  "It's still hard to tell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
An explosion in a hot air balloon injured four passengers near Temecula early Saturday, authorities said.  One of the passengers was sent to a burn center and two transported to trauma centers, the Riverside County Fire Department said. A fourth person suffered minor injuries, and a fifth passenger was not injured.  Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas said the hot air balloon landed safely, "and then, there was an explosion. " Authorities were called about 7:45 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, Annas said.  ALSO: Pinkberry co-founder faces up to 7 years for beating homeless man Sriracha creator adds heat to clash with Irwindale over factory smell Chris Brown files countersuit over parking lot altercation Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+ ron.lin@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Ruben Vives
A Disneyland employee accused of exploding a so-called dry ice bomb in a Toontown trash could have gotten the dry ice from within the park, according to a company official. As an outdoor vending “cast member,” as Disney employees are called, Christian Barnes would have had access to dry ice that vendors use to keep park refreshments like ice cream and sodas cold. Barnes, 22, was arrested by Anaheim police and booked on suspicion of possession of a destructive device. He was being held Wednesday in lieu of bail of $1 million.
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