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OSHA Findings Contested in Williams Olefins Explosion in Louisiana

Officials say Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company’s Ascension Parish, La., plant. The blast at Williams’ Geismar ethylene and propylene facility …

Two Dead in Blast at Nebraska Manufacturing Plant; Cause Unknown

After a blast caused much of an Omaha, Neb., manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Jan. …

Crude Oil Train in North Dakota Catches Fire After Derailing

A BNSF Railway Co. train carrying oil caught fire after a collision with railcars in North Dakota, causing a series of explosions that prompted police to urge local residents to evacuate the area. There were no injuries to the train …

FEMA Approves Aid For Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reversed its previous decision and approved additional funding to help rebuild the small Texas town where an April fertilizer plant explosion leveled homes, damaged buildings and killed 15 people. President Barack Obama issued a “major …

Investigators Want PG&E Fines to Exceed $1B For California Blast

The California agency investigating a deadly pipeline explosion and the City of San Bruno are set to propose major fines they say Pacific Gas & Electric Co. should pay for its negligence leading up to the blast. The City of …

Explosion Levels Homes in Indianapolis; 2 Dead

A massive explosion sparked a huge fire and killed two people in an Indianapolis neighborhood where about three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, authorities said. The powerful nighttime blast on Nov. 10 shattered windows, crumpled walls and could be …

Oklahoma Refinery Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured

A boiler that was being brought back online after maintenance exploded at an oil refinery in Wynnewood, Okla., killing one worker and injuring another, Garvin County’s sheriff said Sept. 29. Billy Smith, 34, of Pauls Valley, died in the blast …

Explosion, Fire at Mexico Pemex Gas Facility Kills 26

An explosion and fire killed at least 26 people at a Pemex natural gas facility in northern Mexico near the U.S. border on Tuesday, one of the deadliest accidents in the oil and gas industry in recent years. Television footage …

Officials: 3 Dead in Explosion at Old Arkansas Oil Well

Officials say three workers are dead following an explosion at an abandoned oil well near El Dorado in southern Arkansas. Union County Emergency Manager Jerry Thomas says three workers at Long Brothers Oil Company were taking apart a metal tank …

$1M Damage in Washington Propane Tank Explosion

The fire department estimates property damage at $1 million from a propane tank explosion during construction work at a water treatment plant near Mukilteo. Snohomish County Fire District 1 says the explosion Thursday left a 300-foot blast zone that damaged …