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Fire Destroys, Damages Large Part of Minnesota Town’s Main Street

A fast-burning fire destroyed or damaged at least a half-dozen commercial buildings in a small southern Minnesota community before firefighters brought it under control on Feb. 3, city officials said. Stubborn winds from a storm that created blizzard-like conditions in …

Judge Orders PG&E to Face Most Charges in Deadly California Pipeline Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. must face the most serious charges related to a 2010 explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb as the utility heads to a jury trial next year over claims it ignored the …

Central California Organizations at Odds over Explosion Liability

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Foundation for Public Safety has filed a claim against the county seeking reimbursement after an employee struck a gas pipeline and caused an explosion in April. The county employee was building a dirt berm at a …

California Refinery Blast Sprays Ash, Bursts Windows

An explosion and fire at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Torrance, California, refinery sent ash spraying on nearby cars and burst windows of surrounding buildings Wednesday. The explosion occurred near a fluid catalytic cracking unit of the refinery, according to David Campbell, …

Explosion, Fire Cause Extensive Damage at Husky Energy’s Ohio Refinery

A fire that started after an explosion on Jan. 10 at Husky Energy Inc.’s 155,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) crude oil refinery in Lima, Ohio, has caused extensive damage to a unit at the plant, a fire official said. No injuries were reported …

Nearby Homes Catch Fire After Vacant House Explodes in Detroit

About a half-dozen homes in southwestern Detroit have been damaged or destroyed by fires that started after an explosion in a vacant house. Mayor Mike Duggan’s spokesman John Roach says investigators believe the explosion on Oakdale Street in the afternoon …

Blast at BP Refinery in Indiana Sparks Fire, Shakes Homes

An explosion at a BP oil refinery in Indiana rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn’t cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said. The explosion at …

7 Injured in Texas Plant Explosion, Fire

An explosion has rocked a plywood manufacturing plant north of Houston, injuring seven workers and causing a fire that took hours to extinguish. The explosion occurred about 6:15 p.m. on April 26 at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Corrigan, Texas, a …

Not Guilty Plea Entered by PG&E In Deadly California Blast

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to federal charges stemming from a natural gas pipeline explosion in California that killed eight people and injured 58 others in 2010, according to court filings. The utility was indicted by …

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 …