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Correction: Crane Demolition story

Oct. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about the demolition of two construction cranes at the site of a partially collapsed building in New Orleans, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the cranes weighed thousands of tons. Authorities did not give exact weights for the two cranes but said parts...

The Latest: Mayor expects ruined hotel will be demolished

Oct. 20, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on demolition of cranes in New Orleans (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The mayor of New Orleans mayor says she expects a partially collapsed hotel in her city will ultimately be demolished. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference Sunday that officials successfully...

New Orleans officials set off series of explosions designed to topple cranes at hotel collapse site

Oct. 20, 2019 3:39 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials set off series of explosions designed to topple cranes at hotel collapse site.

Row home explosion sparks fire that spreads to 9 other homes

Oct. 20, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning house explosion in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Allentown blew off the front of the row home and led to a fire that spread to nine other homes, but no serious injuries were immediately reported. Allentown fire officials said the blast was reported...

New Orleans hotel collapse: Demolition of cranes delayed

Oct. 19, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A plan to use explosives to topple two giant cranes leaning precariously over a partially collapsed hotel has been delayed until Sunday, city officials said after determining the cranes were more damaged than previously thought. Officials said a demolition that had been planned Saturday...

The Latest: New Orleans delays plans to collapse 2 cranes

Oct. 19, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on efforts to remove two damaged cranes from hotel collapse site in New Orleans (all times local): 12:40 p.m. New Orleans officials say they must delay plans to topple two cranes that had been looming precariously over the ruins of a partially collapsed hotel. The planned...

Plans pushed back to explode 2 cranes in New Orleans

Oct. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plans have been pushed back a day to bring down two giant, unstable construction cranes in a series of controlled explosions before they can topple onto historic New Orleans buildings, the city's fire chief said Friday, noting the risky work involved in placing explosive on the towers....

The Latest: Crane explosion planned Saturday in New Orleans

Oct. 18, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of a hotel building under construction in New Orleans (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Plans to explode two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially collapsed New Orleans building have been pushed back to Saturday. Officials had hoped to...

Controlled blasts to bring down cranes at collapse site

Oct. 17, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially collapsed hotel project are to be demolished Friday with a series of controlled explosions in hopes of dropping them straight down without damaging nearby businesses and historic buildings around the site at the edge...

State fines utility, subcontractors in deadly gas explosion

Oct. 17, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Labor has issued more than $21,000 in fines to three companies involved in a deadly natural gas explosion. News outlets report PSNC Energy and two subcontractors were cited for the April 10 explosion in Durham that killed two people, injured 25 and...