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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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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
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A Tennessee woman whose husband died in a mysterious explosion in their home earlier this week has succumbed to her injuries from the apparent bombing, officials said Thursday. Marion Setzer, 72, died at a Nashville hospital Wednesday evening, two days after her husband, Jon Setzer, 74, was killed in the blast at their Lebanon home. Investigators tied the blast to an "unknown package" that had apparently been delivered to the home. Jon Setzer was a retired attorney who reportedly handled bankruptcy cases.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
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.
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.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Michael Muskal
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.
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.
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
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.
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