Latest Explosions News

Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

Nov. 11, 2018 12:01 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The few residents of the burned-out Northern California city of Paradise who were able to inspect their property on Saturday saw nothing but disappointment. Nearly the entire city of 27,000 residents lay in ruins and most were still barred from returning to the still hazardous town...

Sheriff's office: 2 electrocuted, 1 injured at potash mine

Nov. 10, 2018 9:23 PM EST

MOAB, Utah (AP) — Authorities say two workers were electrocuted and a third injured Saturday when industrial equipment at a potash mine in eastern Utah touched a power line. The San Juan County Sheriff's Office says Russell Helquist and Matthew Johnston died at the Intrepid Potash facility near Moab and a...

Australia police: Melbourne attacker also planned explosion

Nov. 9, 2018 8:45 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia police said Saturday a man who fatally stabbed another and injured two in what they described as an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack in central Melbourne had also planned to set off an explosion. The attacker, Hassain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, had his passport canceled in 2015...

Wildfire devastates California town of Paradise

Nov. 9, 2018 12:13 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town and destroyed hundreds of structures. "Pretty...

Gas explosion levels empty mansion under renovation

Nov. 5, 2018 8:00 AM EST

GLADWYNE, Pa. (AP) — An apparent gas explosion leveled an empty mansion in an affluent suburb of Philadelphia on Sunday, reducing the 9,000-sq. foot (836-sq. meter) home to rubble and frightening neighbors and others who felt the thunderous boom. The explosion at the Gladwyne mansion happened just after 8...

$12.8M suit filed by estate of man killed in WWII tank blast

Nov. 4, 2018 6:27 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The family of an Oregon man killed when a cannon shell exploded in his World War II-era tank has filed a $12.8 million lawsuit. Steve Preston's family is suing Chuck Hegele, the contractor who supplied powder for the shell, The Bulletin reported . Preston, 51, and his assistant Austin...

1 railroad worker dies, 2nd seriously hurt in Chicago blast

Nov. 3, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say one railroad worker has died and another is seriously hurt following what appears to be an accidental explosion near a Chicago station. The Cook County medical examiner's office says one of the men was pronounced dead early Saturday afternoon. Both were taken to a hospital...

Feds open criminal probe into natural gas explosions

Nov. 1, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into the natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three communities near Boston in September, a utility company said Thursday. NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, said it is cooperating with the...

Warrant: Contractor mismarked gas line before deadly blast

Nov. 1, 2018 11:39 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A utility-location worker failed to properly mark a natural gas line in a Madison suburb this summer, leading to an explosion that leveled more than half a dozen buildings and killed a firefighter, according to court documents. A search warrant request recently unsealed in Dane County...

Moose bomb: Rotting carcass blown up in Wyoming forest

Oct. 29, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A dead moose in Wyoming probably won't attract grizzly bears now that forest officials have used explosives to blow the rotting meat to smithereens. Bridger-Teton National Forest wildlife managers don't normally do anything about dead wildlife in the huge backcountry area that borders...