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July 27, 2007 | Tami Abdollah and Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Three workers were killed and three others were badly hurt Thursday afternoon in an explosion on the edge of Kern County's Mojave airport during the test of a propellant system for a pioneering private spaceship. The blast occurred at a private test site run by Scaled Composites, a company founded by high-profile aviation entrepreneur Burt Rutan. In June 2004, the firm became the first business to launch a reusable manned rocket into space, a craft known as SpaceShip One.
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April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting. " The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was indicted Tuesday on a dozen felony counts connected to the massive 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and ravaged a San Bruno, Calif., neighborhood. The utility was charged with violating federal pipeline safety laws, including failing to identify all potential threats to the aging, high-pressure line that sparked the disaster and not maintaining proper repair records, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
WORLD
December 17, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide car bomber targeted a military contractor on the eastern outskirts of Kabul on Monday, killing at least one person and injuring 15 others, including foreigners, police said. It was one of at least two deadly explosions in Afghanistan on Monday. Ten girls were killed and two injured when a land mine detonated in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, authorities said. The girls, who were between the ages 9 and 11, disturbed the device while collecting firewood in a field outside Dawlatzai village in the Chaparhar district, according to the local area governor, Mohammed Sadiq Dawlatzai.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
You don't need to wait for the news reports, or to be anywhere near a radio or television, to know that whatever happened at the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon was a horrific event. Almost immediately, photographs taken in the vicinity of the explosion, or explosions, were disseminated on Twitter. You could see smoky air and injured runners down, tended by the uninjured. The sidewalk was bright red with blood. PHOTOS: Explosions at Boston Marathon You could see it all unfold on Twitter, graphically.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- In an age of near instant communication, Twitter again became the world's town square as traffic to the service spiked minutes after the deadly Boston Marathon explosions. People rushed to Twitter for real-time information on fatalities and injuries. It was the first to air the news of the explosions at the finish line (10 minutes ahead of cable news) and to break the news of multiple explosions and mass casualties as users posted firsthand accounts and photographs. Foursquare founder and Chief Executive Dennis Crowley, who was running the marathon to raise money for Camp Interactive, a program to expose underprivileged youth to technology, turned to Twitter to let friends and family know he was OK. (He also used it to ask journalists to "leave us alone right now. ")
NATIONAL
April 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Three people were in critical condition with burns Thursday after a series of blasts and fires tore through two barges in Mobile, Ala. Officials reported a series of seven explosions on the Mobile Bay that started on one barge late Wednesday night, apparently setting two barges on fire. The flames were extinguished early Thursday morning. It's unclear if any of the explosions came from the second barge. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that one of the barges belonged to Kirby Inland Marine and said it was an empty compressed natural gas barge that had been docked for cleaning.
WORLD
August 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The toll from a pair of explosions outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday has risen to at least 29 with hundreds wounded, authorities said. The explosions appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks that have stunned Lebanon and stoked sectarian strife in the small but strategically situated Middle East nation, which endured a ruinous 15-year civil war that ended in 1990.  Tripoli has seen numerous outbreaks of violence since civil war ignited in neighboring Syria two years ago. Gun battles between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the coastal city have cost dozens of lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Orange County prosecutors charged a 22-year-old Disneyland employee Thursday with possessing a destructive device in a public place in connection with two "dry ice" bomb blasts in the theme park's Toontown area. If convicted, Christian Barnes faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, half of what he was held on when he was first booked by Anaheim police investigators. He is expected to plead not guilty when he makes his first court appearance Thursday afternoon in Orange County Superior Court.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- The death toll from a gas explosion in Manhattan that leveled two buildings on a busy street rose to seven Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night searching for people trapped beneath rubble. Officials at the scene have not identified all of the victims, but at least three were women who lived in one of the collapsed structures. They included Carmen Tanco, 67, a dental hygienist who was in her apartment when the blast occurred; Griselde Camacho, 44, a public safety officer at Hunter College in Manhattan who had taken the day off; and  Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios, 21.  The block on 116th Street in east Harlem, where two five-story buildings blew up at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, remained closed nearly 24 hours later.
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March 13, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The caller who reported a gas smell minutes before a deadly explosion that destroyed two Manhattan buildings had noticed the same odor the night before but did not report it at the time, officials said Thursday, indicating the catastrophe could have been averted if utility crews had been alerted earlier. At least eight people were killed in Wednesday morning's blast on Park Avenue, between 116th and 117th streets in East Harlem. In a biting wind and temperatures in the 20s, rescue workers continued searching for more people possibly buried beneath the rubble.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Tina Susman and Michael Muskal
NEW YORK -- Damian Lopez said he was asleep in his apartment at 9:31 a.m. when he heard thunder. At least he thought it was thunder. "I heard the boom. But it was more like a rumble," said Lopez, who lives at 108th Street and Park Avenue, about eight blocks from where a gas leak caused a massive blast Wednesday. "I thought two things," he said. "That it could be thunder. But then it's always in the back of my mind, that it could be something wrong. " PHOTOS: Chaotic scene of building collapse Two buildings on Park Avenue in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan were substantially destroyed by an explosion and a five-alarm fire that burned through the morning.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- An explosion that destroyed two buildings in a busy Manhattan neighborhood and killed at least two people was caused by a gas leak, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said Wednesday, and hours after the explosion, some people remained missing. De Blasio called the blast “a tragedy of the worst kind.” He said Con Edison workers had been alerted to the smell of gas and were headed to the scene at Park Avenue and 116th Street before the explosion about 9:30 a.m. EDT. “The explosion occurred before the team could arrive,” De Blasio said at a news briefing near the scene.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Terrorism. An earthquake. A jet crash. Neighbors thought the worst when a deafening blast shook a busy Manhattan street Wednesday, leveling two buildings, killing at least three people and hurling bricks, concrete and other debris onto nearby rooftops. Officials said the explosion was caused by a gas leak, which was reported minutes before the blast on 116th Street in East Harlem, a vibrant neighborhood of corner bodegas, churches, shops and apartment buildings. 2:40 a.m. update: The Associated Press reports that a sixth person has been confirmed killed by the explosion that flattened two New York City apartment buildings.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A “rather large” gas line explosion in central New Jersey injured seven workers and wrecked parts of a suburban condo complex Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the Ewing Township sky about 12:50 p.m., and video from the scene showed fire crews still dousing the rubble with water two hours later. Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the energy utility for the area, said in a statement that a contractor reported damage to the gas line shortly before noon.
NEWS
May 7, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Do Joss Whedon's kids go to Beverly Hills High School? I ask because the school district's parent teacher council recently came out with a video -- apparently made by parents of kids in the district, some of whom work in the entertainment industry -- intended to lay out their concerns about a proposal by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to route the so-called Subway to the Sea under Beverly Hills High. I saw Whedon's "The Avengers" over the weekend, but I think the Beverly Hills parents have come up with a fantasy-based film that's nearly as compelling; both have comic -book villains (Loki the Norse god in one, JMB Realty in the other)
NATIONAL
February 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Several explosions engulfed a chemical plant in flames, forcing a broad evacuation in Kansas City as the fire spewed a sticky substance that residents were warned not to touch. Two workers at Chemcentral Corp. suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Police drove up and down nearby streets warning that more explosions were expected, but the blaze began subsiding in late evening.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A body was found in the rubble of a natural-gas-fueled explosion that damaged or destroyed 55 units at a New Jersey condominium complex, police said Tuesday evening. Seven utility workers were injured in the Ewing Township explosion and fire Tuesday.  The body was found outside a charred structure, Ewing Police Lt. Ron Lunetta said. He declined to give any details about the victim.  “It's extensive and where it happened is devastating,” Lunetta said of the destruction that left blackened ruins amid a snow-covered neighborhood.  Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the sky of the Trenton suburb about 12:50 p.m., and there were several 911 calls about a large explosion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A man was sentenced to 33 years to life in state prison for causing an explosion that started a fire in a Santa Ana motel room, according to authorities. In addition to his prison time, Thanh Van Quang, 39, was ordered to pay more than $177,000 in restitution, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. A jury found him guilty last October of arson of an inhabited property and illegal possession of flammable material, the Huntington Beach Independent reported . On Nov. 30, 2012, Quang was arguing with the manager at the Pueblo Motel in Santa Ana about inviting guests into his room, according to prosecutors.
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