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UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018

Fourth explosion in three weeks injures 2 in Austin; cause unclear

AUSTIN, Texas – At least two people were injured in another explosion in Texas’ capital Sunday night, after three package bombs detonated earlier this month in other parts of the …


Bomber gets life in prison for New York, New Jersey attacks

A New Jersey man who set off small bombs in two states, including a pressure cooker device that blasted shrapnel across a New York City block, was sentenced Tuesday to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2015

Another blast hits Chinese city where explosions killed 7

An explosion damaged a six-story building Thursday in southern China, less than a day after more than a dozen blasts triggered by explosive devices delivered in mail packages killed at …


Firefighters, police hold moment of silence in Tianjin

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Firefighters, police and officials held a moment of silence Tuesday for victims of last week’s huge explosions at a warehouse in the Chinese port city of …


Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Two mortar shells hit Syria’s capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said. …


German village evacuated after gas explosion

BERLIN (AP) — Police are evacuating an entire village in central Germany after a fire at a gas company led to an explosion that injured 16 firefighters. Police spokesman Markus …


La. state police: Blast, fire at chemical plant

GEISMAR, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a reported explosion has started a fire at a chemical plant. At least 30 people have been taken to the hospital. Capt. …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2013

Texas town grieves for dead first-responders

Buck Uptmor didn’t have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn’t a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a …


Marathon bombing victim, 8, recalled as spirited

BOSTON — The boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings was remembered by neighbors today as a vivacious 8-year-old who loved to run and climb.


VIDEO: Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,000 injured

MOSCOW — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring …


Feds to probe why alarms failed in W.Va. explosion

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into why no alarms sounded as a massive natural gas explosion sent flames as high as hilltops, engulfing homes and a large …


W.Va. gas line blast a reminder of widespread risk

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Nearly 15,000 miles of natural gas pipeline stretch across West Virginia, and as residents of this community north of Charleston now know, devastating explosions can happen …


Interstate 77 reopens after W.Va. gas inferno

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Contractors worked through the night scraping away burned asphalt and repaving an 800-foot swath of Interstate 77 charred by a massive natural gas line explosion and …


Part of interstate reopens after W.Va. gas inferno

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Contractors worked through the night to remove and replace an 800-foot swath of Interstate 77 that turned from asphalt to cinder in a massive natural gas …


W.Va. works to reopen interstate after explosion

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Contractors worked throughout the night to remove and replace an 800-foot swath of Interstate 77 that turned from asphalt to cinder in a massive natural gas …


W.Va. gas line explodes, burns homes and roads

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Four homes went up in flames and collapsed in charred heaps Tuesday after a natural gas line exploded in an inferno that raged for at least …


Charged exec cooperating in W.Va. mine blast probe

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors investigating the West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 men widened their net Wednesday, filing criminal charges against a longtime Massey Energy executive who …


Utility worker pierced pipe before Mass. gas blast

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield’s entertainment district was blamed Sunday on a utility worker who accidentally punctured …


Utility worker punctured pipe in Mass. gas blast

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A utility worker responding to reports of a gas leak in western Massachusetts punctured a pipe that led to a massive explosion that injured 18 people …


Officials to announce cause of Mass. gas explosion

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday planned to announce the cause of a natural gas explosion that damaged 42 buildings and injured 18 people in one of New England’s …


Cleanup, investigation resumes in Mass. gas blast

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in western Massachusetts have resumed an investigation of a natural gas explosion that damaged 42 buildings and injured 18 people. Investigators and cleanup crews on …


Mass. natural gas explosion damaged 42 buildings

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Preliminary investigations show more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in Massachusetts that injured 18 people, building inspectors said Saturday. A strip …


Cause of Mass. gas blast that hurt 18 being probed

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of building inspectors began assessing homes and businesses in one of New England’s biggest cities on Saturday, a day after a natural gas explosion leveled …


Building inspectors at site of gas blast in Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of building inspectors are assessing homes and businesses in western Massachusetts’ largest city after a natural gas explosion leveled a strip club located next to …


Gas blast at Mass. strip club under investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials had already evacuated part of the entertainment district in one of New England’s biggest cities because of a gas leak and odor report before a …


Gas blast at Mass. strip club under investigation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Officials had already evacuated part of the entertainment district in one of New England’s biggest cities because of a gas leak and odor report before a …


Gas blast levels Mass. strip club; 18 people hurt

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday leveled a strip club with a boom heard for miles and heavily damaged …


Gas blast levels Mass. buildings; at least 18 hurt

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday destroyed two buildings, including one housing a strip club, and damaged others beyond …


Gas explosion levels Mass. buildings; several hurt

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday destroyed two buildings, including one housing a strip club, and damaged others beyond …


Gas explosion levels Mass. building; several hurt

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A natural gas explosion leveled a multistory building housing a strip club in one of New England’s biggest cities on Friday evening, injuring at least eight …