Latest Explosions News

Board faults utility's equipment in fatal 2016 explosion

Apr. 23, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A gas company's faulty equipment is the most likely cause of an explosion at a suburban Maryland apartment complex that killed seven people in 2016, according to federal report issued Tuesday. The explosion and fire at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring caused a partial...

2 workers injured in California elevator explosion

Apr. 23, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say two workers were injured in an explosion and fire in an elevator that was under repair. Palo Alto Deputy Fire Chief Kevin McNally tells KTVU-TV that the workers were making repairs to the elevator when a small explosion occurred Tuesday morning. He says the...

Lawsuit: Poor warnings led to fatal steel drum explosion

Apr. 22, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit says inadequate warnings and disposal led to a steel drum explosion in southwestern Indiana that killed a man. The Evansville Courier & Press reports 46-year-old John Fritchley II was using a blowtorch at his home near Boonville on Feb. 11, 2018, to cut the end off of...

A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported

Apr. 22, 2019 6:53 AM EDT
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday has exploded, but no injuries have been reported.

NC governor seeks economic aid for businesses at blast site

Apr. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper wants the federal government's help in assisting businesses in a North Carolina city also feeling the results of a deadly natural gas explosion at cash registers. Cooper has written the U.S. Small Business Administration asking it take action so that some Durham...

Lawmaker seeks to restore South Dakota's Flaming Fountain

Apr. 22, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Efforts are under way to restore flame to South Dakota's Flaming Fountain, an attraction that began life as a glorified natural-gas flare. The fountain is just east of the Capitol building in Pierre, on the shore of Capitol Lake between memorials dedicated to South Dakota veterans...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

Apr. 21, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

Sri Lankan authorities blocked most social media after Easter Sunday attacks killed more than 200 people, with officials saying the temporary move was meant to curtail the spread of false information and ease tensions. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional blackout of popular services...

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena...

Neighbors rescue 74-year-old St. Paul man from burning home

Apr. 21, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 74-year-old St. Paul man was rescued from his burning home by two of his neighbors who were working outside when the house exploded and burst into flames. Israel Melendez and Paul Warner told reporters they were working on a truck about 2 p.m. Saturday when they heard a loud boom....

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...