Building explosions

A tank burns as fire breaks out at a refinery in Crockett, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. A fire burning at an oil storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area prompted a hazardous materials emergency that led authorities to order the residents of two communities to shelter in place and stay inside with all windows and doors closed. Contra Costa Fire Department spokesman Steve Hill said that an hour into battling the blaze, firefighters seemed to be making progress and were continuing to keep adjacent tanks cooled with water. (Anda Chu/San Jose Mercury News via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 10:48 am
CROCKETT, Calif. (AP) — Officials were trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at a fuel storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. The earthquake...
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Emergency personnel respond after a reported gas leak early Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in Lawrence, Mass. About 100 people have been evacuated from their homes and two schools have been closed in response to a natural gas leak in the Massachusetts city affected a year ago by a series of gas explosions and fires. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said the leak in a high-pressure line was discovered around 3:15 a.m. Friday and that the volume of gas released was in the "explosive range." No explosions or fires have been reported. (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 3:23 pm
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say the majority of residents in a Massachusetts city affected by gas explosions and fires last year are back home after evacuating because of a natural gas leak. Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera said Friday that electricity and gas are gradually being restored. The...
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An aerial view of the devastation after an explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) building, in Farmington, Maine killed one firefighter and injured multiple other people, on Monday morning September 16, 2019. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 1:40 pm
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A leaking gas line allowed hundreds of gallons of propane to escape before a powerful explosion leveled a building, killing a firefighter and injuring eight other people, officials said Friday. The building supervisor who evacuated workers smelled propane gas and noticed...
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Firefigthers extinguish a fire in a house in Muenster, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Two women and a police officer where injured by an exploion inside the house. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)
September 18, 2019 - 10:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a mother and daughter are under investigation for attempted murder after setting off an explosion at their home near Muenster when police and a court officer showed up to evict them. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday the 67-year-old and 38-year-old were...
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A police officer salutes as the procession honoring Farmington Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Bell as it arrives in Farmington, Maine, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Bell was killed in an explosion the day before that also injured six other firefighters and a maintenance worker at the LEAP building, a nonprofit that serves people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities in Farmington. (Rich Abrahamson/The Central Maine Morning Sentinel via AP)
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September 17, 2019 - 7:53 pm
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A maintenance manager was credited Tuesday with saving lives by evacuating a building before an explosion that gravely injured him, while investigators began examining the rubble to determine the cause and the firefighter who died was saluted. Larry Lord emptied the...
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Firefighters looks through debris at the scene of an explosion Monday, Sept. 16, 209, in Farmington, Maine. Officials say a town's fire chief is among the injured in a propane explosion that killed a firefighter. State public safety spokesman Steve McCausland said after Monday morning's explosion at a nonprofit center in Farmington that multiple people remain hospitalized. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
September 16, 2019 - 1:29 pm
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A fierce propane explosion leveled a recently opened nonprofit center after crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring six other people, including fellow firefighters, officials said. The building had been evacuated...
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First responders work at the scene of a house fire in Edgewood, Pa,. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Flames were reported at two homes Saturday afternoon in suburban Edgewood. Emergency officials say one house collapsed and another next door was damaged. (Christian Snyder/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
September 14, 2019 - 9:55 pm
EDGEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A homeowner near Pittsburgh blew up his house on his daughter's wedding day, police said shortly after his body was found in the rubble late Saturday. The man had been seen standing in front of his house in Edgewood shortly before it exploded and caught fire, authorities said,...
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September 11, 2019 - 6:24 am
BERLIN (AP) — Fire services say one person has died and two people were injured in an explosion and a subsequent fire in a residential building in the western German city of Duesseldorf. Officials said Wednesday that the cause of the explosion in the small apartment block overnight, which sprayed...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, photo, evidence of a Cascadia earthquake's awesome destructive power is visible at the beach in Neskowin, Ore. A "ghost forest" of Sitka spruces juts up from the beach in the tiny town. The trees were likely buried by tsunami debris 2,000 years earlier, and partially uncovered by storms in 1997. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
August 16, 2019 - 8:30 am
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes...
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ADDS NAME OF VICTIM - A debris field is all that remains Monday, August 12, 2019 of a house that exploded Sunday in the Waupaca County town of Lebanon, Wis. killing the man who owned the home. The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office identifies the victim as 64-year-old Mark Steven Zielke. (William Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 5:03 pm
MANAWA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Wisconsin say a man was likely asleep when his home exploded, killing him. Waupaca County Sheriff Tim Wilz tells news outlets that the home was "totally obliterated" by the Sunday morning explosion. The sheriff's office identifies the victim as 64-year-old Mark...
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