CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1987 |
A grain elevator exploded and erupted in flames Wednesday, injuring five people, two of them critically, authorities said.
June 6, 1987 |
An employee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation was killed and another was critically injured Friday when a valve in a steam line exploded, clinic officials said. The steam is used for heating buildings and for sterilizing surgical equipment.
August 28, 1993 |
Thousands of people were forced from their homes and dozens sought medical treatment Friday after a series of explosions at a chemical plant released a cloud of caustic fumes. No one was seriously injured, authorities said. About 5,000 people in a one-mile radius around the Aztec Catalyst Co. plant fled to temporary shelters. More than 40 people were treated at hospitals for minor complaints, such as throat and eye irritation, officials said.
February 27, 1989
Several thousand people were evacuated from an area about a mile from downtown Akron, Ohio, after four tanker cars exploded and burned following a train derailment. Seventeen cars were derailed and nine of them were carrying highly flammable butane. At least 1,500 homes were evacuated. Firefighters and police knocked on the doors of houses where they asked residents to go to a nearby regional transit garage, where buses would take them to a high school shelter.
November 23, 1994 |
Shell Chemical Agrees to Pay Penalties Related to Explosion: The division of Shell Oil Co., the U.S. arm of Royal/Dutch Shell Group, agreed to pay $3.02 million in penalties to settle charges related to a fatal explosion at an Ohio plant, the Labor Department said. Shell Chemical Co. also agreed to make significant improvements at its Belpre, Ohio, facility, where an explosion killed three workers on May 27, said the department's Occupational Safety & Health Administration unit.
October 25, 1989 |
Explosions that may have been caused by illegal fireworks leveled one house and set two others on fire in Conneaut, Ohio, killing at least two people and injuring 13 others, authorities said. Fire Chief Bim Orrenmaa said firefighters found devices that looked like fireworks in the home where the explosion and two subsequent blasts occurred just before noon. Conneaut, a city of about 13,000 people, is in extreme northeastern Ohio, and fire companies from as far away as Erie County, Pa.