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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.
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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 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
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.
FOOD
August 29, 2001
Re: "Smashing Eggplants" (Aug. 22). This happened to me, too! As a middle-aged housewife transformed to working woman, I missed some of those fun, creative cooking sessions. So one three-day holiday I decided to cook up a storm. I put the eggplant in the oven to roast while I started a different dish. After an hour I peeked in and that eggplant looked as firm as a football. Startled, I reached in and touched it. There was an eggplant explosion. I not only had a dirty oven, there was eggplant spattered on the cabinets across from the oven.
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