February 25, 1994 |
A transformer explosion apparently caused by road salt seeping into the electrical system forced the evacuation of a 26-story office building Thursday, officials said. The blast sparked a fire that sent smoke into the building. No injuries were reported.
March 7, 1990 |
A barge carrying 4.2 million gallons of fuel exploded and burned in a waterway that has been plagued by three oil spills this year. The barge blew up after leaving a Citgo petroleum facility at Linden, N. J., at which it had been loaded, split in two and drifted across the Arthur Kill waterway toward Staten Island, N.Y. One crewman was injured. The Coast Guard reported that the barge contained gasoline, but a Citgo spokesman said it carried heating oil.
March 22, 1988
More than 900 workers were evacuated or prevented from going to work at three Silicon Valley sites where officials found cylinders of the same type of toxic gas that exploded and killed three people in New Jersey. The evacuated sites included Liquid Carbonics in San Carlos, where the batch of silane gas was processed; Advanced Micro Devices Inc., in Santa Clara; and Teledyne Semiconductor in Mountain View.
March 27, 1994 |
Construction work done long ago may have caused a rupture in a natural gas pipeline and led to an explosion that ignited into a fireball and leveled eight apartment buildings, federal investigators said Saturday. The officials said they believe an asphalt plant now at the site of Thursday's blast was built after the steel pipeline was installed. They said work with heavy equipment such as backhoes could have gouged the line.
March 25, 1994 |
A huge natural gas pipeline exploded early Thursday into a 30-story fireball, incinerating eight apartment buildings as 1,500 residents fled for their lives from a fast moving wall of flames. One person died from a heart attack and approximately 60 were injured when the high-pressure pipeline ruptured just after midnight with a roar that some eyewitnesses said resembled that of a tornado. Officials said that as of Thursday evening 40 people were missing. Gov.
April 22, 1995 |
Plant workers mixing the wrong combination of chemicals triggered an explosion and roaring fire Friday, killing at least four people, raining debris for blocks and sending flames 1,000 feet high. The morning blast also injured at least 38 people, including nine workers at the NAPP Technologies Inc. plant about 10 miles from New York City, officials said. Frank Puccio, a Bergen County prosecutor, said more victims might be inside.