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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1994 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal scientists will be setting off small, underground explosions and undersea bursts of compressed air over the next two weeks, seeking a "CAT scan" of the Los Angeles Basin for earthquake study. The seismic waves created by the mini-explosions and compressed air will be measured by 600 seismographs in Orange and Los Angeles counties and will help scientists learn when earthquakes are likely to happen and where they will be strongest.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1994 | From Associated Press
A grenade exploded during a training exercise Wednesday, injuring seven Marines, two seriously, a spokesman said. Five of the Marines were treated at the scene for cuts to their arms, legs, hands and faces caused by grenade fragments. The other two were taken to the Naval Hospital, where they were in serious condition, said 1st Lt. David Steele. The names of all seven Marines were being withheld pending notification of relatives. The explosion occurred about 3 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1994 | DAVID REYES
The cause of a loud explosion that left frayed nerves, a damaged residence, and some big pieces of metal has been determined. A Santa Fe railroad spokesman said Tuesday that a Santa Fe locomotive traveling from Barstow to San Diego was passing through South County on Sunday when its braking system overheated and "blew out" the cooling fans. A turbine blade and pieces of metal weighing 10 to 30 pounds blew off the train as it passed Oso Road in San Juan Capistrano about 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1994 | DAVID REYES
An electrical transformer blew out with a loud blast at the nuclear power plant here but caused no power interruptions, a Southern California Edison Co. spokesman said Monday. The transformer, which was outside the protected area of the plant, caught fire about 1 p.m., said Joseph McDonough, an SCE spokesman. Oil inside the transformer caught fire and caused a thick plume of smoke, he said. "There was no danger of any kind of leakage or radiation or any of that type of danger," McDonough said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1994 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
A fire that engulfed a home Friday set off an unknown amount of ammunition that was stored somewhere in the house, firefighters said. The ammunition began going off shortly after firefighters arrived at the home of Tom and Maxine Long in the 2400 block of East Clifpark Way, Fire Division Chief Rudy Weyland said. By then, the entire house was ablaze, so pinpointing where the ammunition was stored was impossible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1994
The owner of a restaurant was injured slightly Friday by a pipe bomb found in a shoe box outside the eatery, police said. A second pipe bomb in the box failed to detonate. Kam Yee, 61, of Santa Ana was burned slightly on the legs after opening the shoe box, which he found near the front door of the Texas Cantina Restaurant in the 1400 block of East 17th Street, Santa Ana Police Sgt. Anthony J. Levatino said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1994 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a bartender killed in an explosion last year at a popular Southwestern-style restaurant in Newport Beach have filed a second lawsuit, alleging the restaurant's insurance adjusters lost or destroyed crucial evidence from the blast. Antonio De Santiago, 39, was preparing for brunch at the El Torito Grill at Fashion Island on Aug. 1 when a hot water storage tank exploded, demolishing a corner of the restaurant. De Santiago was killed and five others were injured.
NEWS
December 27, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In addition to fire and rain that plagued the county in 1993 came several disasters both startling and deadly: * Two top executives of the In-N-Out Burger fast-food chain, a consultant to the company, and two veteran pilots died in the crash of a twin-engine corporate jet near the Santa Ana Auto Mall on Dec. 15. Investigators say the pilots may have lost control of the plane because of wake turbulence from a Boeing 757. Richard A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a bartender killed in an explosion at a Newport Beach restaurant in August has filed a lawsuit against the makers and vendor of a water heater and storage tank blamed as the cause of the blast. Antonio De Santiago, 39, was preparing for brunch at the El Torito Grill on Aug. 1 when an explosion ripped through the popular Southwestern-style restaurant. De Santiago was killed and five other workers were injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials blamed El Torito Restaurants for a missing valve on a water storage tank they believe was responsible for an explosion that ripped through a restaurant in early August, killing a worker. In issuing a citation and imposing a $5,000 fine against the company, investigators also said they believe the potential for similar accidents exists at schools, other restaurants, machine shops, dry cleaners and other businesses that use such equipment.
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