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February 14, 1990 | GEORGE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 600 people who live or work near Mobil Oil's Torrance refinery filed suit against the company Tuesday, claiming they have suffered serious health problems and their property has decreased in value because of excessive air emissions, fires, explosions, noise and soot spawned by the giant facility. In an unusual move, attorneys Christopher Angelo and Robert Mars recruited plaintiffs for the lawsuit by sending them postcards bearing a skull and crossbones.
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July 20, 1999
A 17-year-old boy's hands were severely injured Monday as he tried to make a pipe bomb in his home in Lancaster, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy said. The 11:30 a.m. explosion occurred as the unidentified boy stuffed parts of a firecracker into a plastic pipe, said Lt. Richard Lichten. The boy, who also had pieces of plastic embedded in his chest, was airlifted to Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was in fair condition, said spokeswoman Tiffany DeVall.
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January 27, 1999
A spectacular fire, with flames shooting 30 feet, destroyed a vitamin manufacturing plant Tuesday. An explosion at Custom Formulation Corp. in the 1300 block of West Gaylord St. set off the blaze. Firefighters used a large rotary saw to cut through a metal door and gain access to the inferno inside. It took firefighters about four hours to control the blaze.
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March 18, 2001
Two teenage brothers were injured Saturday in an explosion at a La Habra Heights home, sheriff's deputies reported. The blast occurred shortly after noon in the 1500 block of Le Flore Drive. The unidentified brothers, ages 14 and 16, were taken to area hospitals, where they underwent surgery. Both are expected to recover fully, a sheriff's spokesman said. He did not reveal details about the injuries. Arson investigators were trying to determine the cause of the explosion.
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August 19, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A sheriff's arson team safely destroyed a small explosive that was placed in the mailbox of a private residence Tuesday after another device exploded there, damaging the mailbox. A resident of the home on Wakefield Road called authorities after hearing an explosion about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy John McBride. The unidentified resident found another explosive in the mailbox. "The arson team removed the second device remotely and rendered it safe," McBride said.
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December 4, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week after two students were badly burned in a botched physics experiment, William S. Hart High School hosted the first of a series of blood drives for them and collected 200 pints from students, parents and others. Christopher James, 17, who suffered second- and third-degree burns over 35% of his body, may benefit most from the drive because he will undergo multiple surgeries in coming months and his blood type is the rare O-negative.
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January 28, 1998 | TROY HEIE and VERONIQUE de TURENNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A bomb blew up outside a mobile home Tuesday afternoon, injuring a man who was handling the device, sheriff's deputies said. Mark David Adams, 40, was injured in the blast, which occurred outside his mobile home in the 1000 block of Loma Drive. Neighbors said they have heard explosions coming from his house several times in recent months. Adams' left hand was mangled in the 3:20 p.m. explosion, witnesses said.
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November 29, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two teenagers who were severely burned last week during a science experiment at William S. Hart High School in Newhall underwent their first skin grafts Saturday but still face more surgeries and possible infection, hospital officials said. The more seriously injured youth, Christopher James, 17, of Stevenson Ranch, remained in critical condition after nearly three hours of surgery at the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said Dr. Peter Grossman, a burn center surgeon.
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June 1, 2000
The Police Department's bomb squad detonated a suspicious-looking box Wednesday, but instead of destroying an explosive device, the team turned thousands of dollars in checks and cash into confetti. Police said they discovered a shoebox-sized container with a clock taped to it outside a Bank of America branch near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue about 5:30 a.m. Bomb squad members removed the box and detonated it at a disposal site.
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November 4, 1996 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two people were seriously burned Sunday afternoon when propane gas leaking from a tank caused an explosion outside their travel trailer, fire officials said. A 56-year-old woman suffered second-degree burns over 40% of her body and a 54-year-old man was burned over 25% of his body in the blast that occurred in a Pearblossom trailer park, said Capt. Jim Mabery of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The victims' identities were not released. The 2:10 p.m.
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