Latest Explosions News

Fires stoked by heat, wind force evacuations in Montana

Jun. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfires in Montana have exploded in size, triggering evacuations and destroying an unknown number of homes as furious winds stoked the blazes and caused a firefighting helicopter to crash-land, officials said Wednesday. The sudden ramping up of...

Foam brings fire at Illinois chemical plant 'under control'

Jun. 15, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — An industrial firefighting team continued battling a fire Tuesday that has consumed an chemical plant in northern Illinois and forced the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses. Before pouring fire-fighting foam on the Chemtool plant in Rockton,...

Nebraskans hurt when boat explodes at Missouri lake

Jun. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Five people from Nebraska were seriously injured when a boat exploded Tuesday at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the explosion happened near Sunrise Beach. The boat was docked when a mechanical...

Rights groups urge UN probe mission for Beirut port blast

Jun. 15, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A group of international and regional rights groups on Tuesday urged member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish an investigative mission into last year’s massive deadly blast at Beirut’s port. Human Rights Watch said the call was made...

Investigation begun into China gas explosion; toll now 25

Jun. 14, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — An investigation has begun into the cause of a gas line explosion at a market in central China where the death toll has risen to 25. Rescuers climbed over smashed bricks and slabs of concrete to find victims following the blast early Sunday that ripped...

Illinois chemical plant explosion, fires prompt evacuations

Jun. 14, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An explosion at a northern Illinois chemical plant Monday morning sparked massive fires that sent flames and huge plumes of thick black smoke high into the air and debris raining onto the ground, prompting evacuations. After 7 a.m., emergency crews rushed...

FBI joins investigation into minivan explosion near LA

Jun. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

MONTCLAIR, Calif. (AP) — The FBI has joined the investigation into a minivan explosion that caused a brief power outage in a Southern California neighborhood early Monday, authorities said. Police said no injuries were reported in the blast that tore the roof off the...

Gas explosion in central China kills at least 12

Jun. 13, 2021 07:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 12 people were killed and 39 seriously injured Sunday after a gas line explosion tore through a residential neighborhood in central China. Responders to the early morning blast in the city of Shiyan in Hubei province sent more than 150 people to...

At least 6 injured in cargo ship fire at Manila wharf

Jun. 12, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A fire and a powerful blast ripped through a small cargo ship docked to refuel in the Philippine capital of Manila on Saturday, injuring at least six people and igniting a blaze in a nearby riverside slum that gutted dozens of shanties, officials said. ...

Man dies in blaze intentionally set with homemade fireworks

Jun. 11, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police say the body of a man was recovered inside the remnants of his home that he intentionally set ablaze with homemade fireworks after an altercation with a code enforcement officer Thursday afternoon. Lower Providence Township Police Chief...