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Explosion, fire damage hemp processing plant

Nov. 8, 2019 8:46 AM EST

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — An explosion and fire have damaged a hemp processing plant in Kentucky. Clark County Fire Chief Ernie Barnes told WKYT-TV that crews were dispatched Thursday night to the GenCanna facility in Winchester and arrived to find a large fire at one building. He says the flames were...

OSHA proposes $1.59M fine after deadly silicone plant blast

Oct. 25, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fining a Chicago-area silicone factory $1.59 million for safety violations uncovered after an explosion at the plant that killed four workers . The agency announced Friday it found 12 willful federal safety...

Indonesia oil pipeline fire kills Chinese worker

Oct. 22, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities say a Chinese worker was killed in a fire at an oil pipeline in western Indonesia. West Java police chief Rudy Sufahriadi said the fire broke out Tuesday near a high-speed rail construction site that will connect the capital, Jakarta, to Bandung, located in West Java's...

Fire at New Zealand construction site sends smoke over city

Oct. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A large fire that broke out Tuesday on the roof of a convention center that's under construction in downtown Auckland sent plumes of thick black smoke over New Zealand's largest city. The St. John ambulance service said it took one person to Auckland City Hospital in a...

Aging, thin pipe likely cause of Philadelphia refinery fire

Oct. 16, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aging, failed elbow pipe that hadn't been inspected in almost 45 years appears to be the initial cause of a June 21 fire and subsequent explosions that injured five people at the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, federal investigators said Wednesday. The U.S. Chemical and...

Investigators on site of France's huge chemical plant fire

Oct. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris prosecutors say police units specialized in environmental risks are leading investigations into a huge fire at a chemical plant last month in the French city of Rouen. The Paris prosecutor's office, which is in charge of the probe, said in a statement Tuesday that about 130 complaints...

Retrial for man in California warehouse fire that killed 36

Oct. 4, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The founder of an artists' work-live collective in the San Francisco Bay Area where a fast-moving fire trapped and killed 36 partygoers three years ago will be tried again on manslaughter charges, prosecutors said Friday. Alameda County prosecutors said they decided on a retrial...

The Latest: 2 jurors held in contempt for warehouse trial

Oct. 4, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the trial against a man who will be retried on involuntary manslaughter charges after a fire in a California warehouse killed 36 partygoers (all times local): 11:25 a.m.: A judge in Northern California has held two jurors in contempt of court after juror misconduct...

Wisconsin refinery that was site of explosion plans rebuild

Sep. 30, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Husky Energy says it's been given approval to rebuild its oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin after an explosion and a series of fires last year injured 36 people and required much of the city to evacuate. Husky, which does business as Superior Refining Company in Wisconsin, said it...

19 killed in China factory fire ahead of National Day

Sep. 30, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Nineteen people have died in a factory fire in eastern China just ahead of countrywide National Day celebrations. The city of Ningbo said in a statement that the fire broke out Sunday afternoon at a plant making "daily necessities" in one of the city's outlying counties. It said two other...