Explosions

Flames and smoke rise after a fire started at an Exxon Mobil facility, Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Baytown, Texas. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 5:15 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — An explosion and fire at an Exxon Mobil oil refinery in Texas on Wednesday left 37 people with minor injuries, in the latest of a series of petrochemical industry blazes this year in the Houston area. The fire began after an explosion at approximately 11:07 a.m. at an Exxon Mobil...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018 file image from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume the roof of a home following an explosion in Lawrence, Mass. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent, NiSource Inc., announced Monday, July 29, 2019, a settlement had been reached in class action lawsuits resulting from the disaster across several towns north of Boston. (WCVB via AP, File)
July 30, 2019 - 1:45 am
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A series of class action lawsuits stemming from the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts have been settled for $143 million, the utility blamed for the disaster and lawyers for the plaintiffs announced Monday. The settlement is subject to the approval of a judge, according...
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In this July 23, 2019 photo, Jim Andrews, a University of Vermont herpetology lecturer, holds a young northern leopard frog in Salisbury, Vt. A wet spring has resulted in a 100-fold increase in the population of the particular frog in a region of Vermont. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
July 25, 2019 - 1:16 pm
SALISBURY, Vt. (AP) — A wet spring has caused one frog population to explode in an area of Vermont where throngs of the amphibians have been hopping through fields and lawns, darting across roads and getting flattened by cars and tractors. University of Vermont herpetology lecturer James Andrews...
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People walk past a dormitory at the University of Nevada, Reno, as work crews with a crane examine damage from a July 5 explosion, in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Nevada's state fire marshal says a small explosion in a basement boiler at the university dormitory caused a natural gas leak that triggered a much larger blast last week, severely damaging two dorms and injuring eight people. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
July 09, 2019 - 8:03 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small explosion in a basement boiler at a University of Nevada, Reno dormitory triggered a much larger natural gas blast last week that left part of the building looking like an earthquake had struck but caused only minor injuries to eight people, officials said Tuesday. The...
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FILE — In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 file photo Doug Sheff, right, an attorney for the family of Leonel Rondon, pictured at left, faces reporters during a news conference, in Boston. Rondon, 18, died Sept. 13, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass., after the chimney of an exploding house crashed on to his car and crushed him. Shelf and NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019 that a wrongful death lawsuit by Rondon's family has been settled. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
July 09, 2019 - 2:46 pm
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The family of a high school student who was killed during a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts last year has reached a settlement with the utility involved in the disaster, a lawyer for the family and the company announced Tuesday. Financial details were not...
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July 08, 2019 - 2:01 pm
In a story July 5 about an explosion at the University of Nevada, Reno, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Raymond Floyd was inside Peavine Hall at the time. He was inside Argenta Hall. A corrected version of the story is below: Explosion causes partial collapse of mostly empty...
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A police officer guards the area after an explosion on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Plantation, Fla. Several people were injured after a vacant pizza restaurant exploded in the South Florida shopping plaza Saturday, according to police. The restaurant was destroyed, and nearby businesses were damaged. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
July 07, 2019 - 5:25 am
PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) — A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air. The blast flung debris widely along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale. The...
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Rescue personnel respond to an explosion that damaged Argenta Hall and Nye Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus on Friday, July 5, 2019, in Reno, Nev. A utilities explosion Friday at the University of Nevada, Reno caused the partial collapse of a dormitory building and at least minor injuries, authorities said. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)
July 06, 2019 - 6:31 pm
Thorough searches of a mostly empty University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory that was heavily damaged by an explosion found nobody inside and all students accounted for, officials said Saturday. The cause of the Friday explosion that blew out windows and did other damage to multiple floors of Argenta...
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July 06, 2019 - 10:17 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials in southern Poland say that a woman and her two children have been killed in a gas explosion in an apartment in the city of Bytom. Four other people have been hospitalized. A spokeswoman for local firefighters, Aneta Golebiowska, said the explosion occurred shortly...
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Firefighters look over the wreckage following a fire and explosion at a home in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Officials say a man who called 911 from the home after the explosion was rescued and taken by helicopter to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. (Charlotte Fire Department via AP)
July 02, 2019 - 7:01 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A man who called 911 from a home leveled by a fire and booming explosion in North Carolina's largest city has been rescued with life-threatening injuries, authorities said Tuesday. Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson told reporters that the man, who he described as a...
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