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 - 8:48 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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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 - 11:40 am
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 - 8:31 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 man works at the scene of a deadly propane explosion, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, which leveled new construction in Farmington, Maine. (Jacob Gage via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 6:50 am
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Federal and state investigators are working to pinpoint the source of a propane explosion that leveled a building and killed a firefighter in Maine. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are...
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September 16, 2019 - 7:51 am
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A propane explosion leveled new construction that houses a nonprofit after crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring at least six others, officials said. The building had been evacuated after the smell of gas was...
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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 - 8:00 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 - 4:24 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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This photo taken July 11, 2019 shows damage caused by a natural gas explosion at Argenta Hall on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. That dormitory and the neighboring Nye Hall we be closed all school year so roughly 1,300 students are living in a Circus Circus casino hotel tower downtown about a half-mile away. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
August 24, 2019 - 8:15 am
RENO, Nev. (AP) — University of Nevada, Reno officials knew it was a bit of a gamble when they agreed to lease a downtown casino hotel tower for a year and turn it into a college dormitory. They expected some criticism but had less than six weeks to find rooms for 1,300 students after a July 5 gas...
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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 - 3:03 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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August 01, 2019 - 4:15 am
JUNCTION CITY, Ky. (AP) — A regional gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday in Kentucky, causing a massive explosion that killed one person, hospitalized five others, destroyed railroad tracks and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park, authorities said. The 30 inch (76 centimeter) wide...
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