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Safety Board Report Says Ruptured Pipe Elbow Led to Philadelphia Refinery Fire

A ruptured section of metal piping installed more than 40 years ago led to an uncontrolled release of hazardous materials at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing Refinery (PES) in Philadelphia, Penn., on June 21, causing a fire and …

Utility Looking into Cause Of Oktoberfest Explosions in Southern California

Utility crews are working to determine what caused explosions in an underground electrical vault that injured five people and sent flames into the sky during a Southern California Oktoberfest celebration. Officials said the initial blast blew a vault door off …

Suspected Gas Explosion in Pennsylvania Reduces Home to Rubble; Five Injured

An explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak reduced a western Pennsylvania home to a pile of rubble and injured five people. The blast just before 4 p.m. Wednesday near a high school in North Franklin Township …

Fire Forces Philadelphia Energy Solutions to File for Bankruptcy Again

Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) filed for its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy in less than two years on Sunday, a court filing showed, a month after a fire and explosion led to the permanent shutdown of the biggest oil refinery on …

Huge Fire Rips Through Philadelphia Refinery, No Casualties Reported

Fire ripped through a Pennsylvania oil refinery early on Friday, triggering a huge explosion that local media said rocked homes several miles away. Video footage showed the 335,000-barrels-per-day Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery, where another fire broke out 11 days ago, …

Massachusetts Sues Over Explosion, Fire of Toxin-Filled Shed

The Massachusetts attorney general has sued a property owner and a contractor hired to demolish a shed on his property for costs associated with a fire and explosion that authorities say released a toxic soup into the environment. The attorney …

Los Angeles Explosion Following Gas Leak Reports

Authorities confirmed multiple people were inured in an explosion following reports of an underground gas leak in South Los Angeles, Calif. The fire department says crews found flames coming from storm drains early Sunday. Officials say the blast displaced several …

Explosion at Brazil Steelmaker Usiminas’ Plant Injures 30

An explosion tore through Brazilian steelmaker Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA’s largest plant on Friday, injuring 30 people and shaking the nearby town of Ipatinga, according to the company and firefighters. The company, also known as Usiminas, said none …

Three Workers Hurt in Virginia Custom Machinery Plant Explosion

An explosion has injured three workers at a company in Virginia that makes custom machinery. News outlets report the employees were hurt Wednesday in the explosion at Thomas Industrial Fabrication in Woolwine, Va. Patrick County Emergency Services Coordinator Steve Allen …

Rhode Island Quarry Blast That Injured Two Town Workers Ruled Accidental

Rhode Island officials have ruled the quarry blast that injured two town employees and damaged multiple buildings accidental. The Westerly Sun reported the state Fire Marshal’s Office found the blast at the Westerly quarry did not violate state law or …