Disaster List for 2006

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"Be Prepared"

You never know when disaster will strike near you



December 28
A house in Monroe Township, NJ was destroyed in an explosion when a natural gas leak apparently ignited.
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December 27
Thirty-two train cars loaded with coal derailed near Spence, KS.
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December 27
A contractor hit a gas line in Portsmouth, VA causing one family to be evacuated and the closing of a nearby road.
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December 25
Tornados in FL damaged about 130 homes.
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December 23
A house in Ormond Beach, FL exploded due to a propane gas leak.
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December 23
A snowstorm in WS cut power to almost 30,000 customers.
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December 23
A 3.5 earthquake hit the San Francisco area, the third minor earthquake in 4 days.
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December 22
A gas leak in an Elmira, NY residence caused the evacuation of local homes.
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December 22
A train derailed in St. Joseph, MO prompting an evacuation of local residences when alcohol was spilled.
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December 21
A massive snowstorm hit CO. The wind fortunately kept snow from accumulated on power lines and only 5600 customers lost power.
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December 20
A 3.4 earthquake hit in northern Utah.
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December 20
A 2.6 earthquake hit Oklahoma City, OK, shaking houses and residents, who thought it was an explosion. It was followed by a 2.7 quake the next day.
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December 20
A commuter train in Kendall, FL derailed, trapping 67 people inside. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.
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December 19
A commuter train derailed in Chicago. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.
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December 19
A train engine jumped the tracks in Centralia, IL.
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December 19
A man in Union, IN was killed in a gasline explosion while working on it. Residents within one square mile were evacuated. The blast left a huge crater.
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December 18
A small 3.3 earthquake hit near Madisonville, TN.
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December 17
A train derailed in Coon Rapids, MN, spilling merchandise in some containers.
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December 17
A house in Perry Township, Ohio was destroyed in an explosion and ensuing fire.
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December 16
A train in Bucyrus, Ohio derailed and spilled hazardous materials. No injuries were reported and no evacuation was necessary.
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December 15
A man in Lancaster County, PA was killed when gas leaking from a propane tank in the basement exploded. The resulting fire destroyed the dwelling.
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December 15
A train derailed in Carroll Co., MD prompting a brief evacuation because it was carrying ammonia.
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December 15
A 3.9 earthquake hit Coalinga, CA. Houses were shaken but there was no damage. Scientists predict that a major earthquake (higher than 6.0) will hit CA in the next two years, probably in the northern part of the state.
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December 14
An elderly man in Gloucester, VA was injured in a house explosion caused by a propane leak. The gas was ignited when he opened the refridgerator in his trailer, which was destroyed in the blast. The man and his wife smelled gas earlier but could find no leak.
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December 14
A train derailed in Jenkins Co., GA, leaving cars scattered everywhere. Fortunately most were empty, the area was remote and no hazardous material was involved.
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December 14
A gas explosion blew the roof off the top of a house in Minneapolis, MN. Nearby houses had to be evacuated.
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December 13
A 2.5 earthquake hit Berks County, PA. Despite the small magnitude, houses were shaken over a large area.
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December 12
A house in Milford, MI was destroyed by an explosion and fire. There was a leak in the gas line but it was not know if it was the cause of or damaged by the fire. The woman inside barely escaped with her life.
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December 11
The second train derailment in 2 days in the Buffalo, NY area occurred. In both instances a rail car crashed off a bridge onto the street below. No one was injured in the first incident; a man was sent to the hospital in the second when it crashed into his vehicle.
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December 9
A train derailed in Marion Co., KS, but the train kept going and damaged 10 miles of track.
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December 9
Three families were homeless in Allentown, PA after a gas explosion destroyed their residences. The accident resulted after a utility subcontractor from KY accidentally loosened a gas fitting.
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December 8
An explosion occurred in the basement of a 17-story office building in Cambridge, MA, killing one worker. Eight hundred people frantically evacuated the building.
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December 8
A gas explosion destroyed half of a duplex in Bethlehem, PA.
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December 7
A train derailed in Catawissa, PA, spilling caustic materials. No evacuations were necessary.
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December 6
A plant in Milwaukee, WS exploded from a propane leak, killing 3 and injuring 46 people. The leak had been detected and an evacuation was taking place; otherwise the death toll would have been much greater. The blast was felt for miles around. Homes and businesses in the area were damaged.
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December 5
A house in Tupelo, MS blew up from a propane leak, killing a 3-year old girl. The house had just passed inspection 6 months before. No complaints or defects were found in the heating system or gas appliances.
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December 4
A train derailed in southern IL, spilling 20,000 gallons of oil products and causing the evacuation of more than 70 homes. Some of the residents had to be taken to the hospital to treat inhalation of toxicants.
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December 4
A train derailed in Franklin Co., IL, spilling hazardous materials. It was later determined that a fractured rail was responsible.
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December 3
A leaking gas line caused an explosion at a trailer at a Berthoud, CO car dealership.
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December 1
A major snowstorm hit the midwest, knocking out power to millions.
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November 29
A 4.0 earthquake hit San Benito County, CA. No damages were reported, though buildings were shaken.
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November 27
A 4.1 earthquake hit near Paso Robles, CA.
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November 27
A house in New Castle, PA exploded from a suspected gas leak and injured 4 people. The roof was raised 200' into the air in the blast. Twenty homes nearby were damaged, leaving some neighbors.
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November 24
A train derailed in Calhoun, TN. The track is very busy with 70 trains per day.
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November 23
A train derailed in Courtland, MN spilling ethanol and causing the evacuation of a few homes. Officials said the 50-year old track needs replacing.
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November 23
A 5.0 earthquake struck Hawaii. There was no major damages and scattered power outages.
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November 23
A train derailed in Bossier City, LA in a remote area behind a casino.
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November 22
A train carrying scrap iron derailed in Murray County, Ohio.
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November 22
A train derailed in Courtland, MN, closing part of an adjacent highway.
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November 22
A chemical plant in Danvers, MA exploded, sending a dozen people to the hospital. Residents in the local area were evacuated, as 90 houses were damaged, 25 beyond repair. The blast was heard more than 20 miles away.
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November 21
A train hauling coal derailed near Murray, Iowa.
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November 21
A 3.3 earthquake hit near Telluride, CO. There was no damage.
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November 20
A train derailed in Everett, WA as it passed over a switch, blocking commuter trains.
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November 20
Two people were killed and another two left in critical condition from a gas explosion after a Comcast cable employee hit a gas line in Huntington, IN. The employee called the gas company. Unanswered questions were why the employee did not call first to have the line located before digging, and why the area was not evacuated.
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November 20
A pipeline exploded in a remote part of WY south of Cheyenne when a worker struck it with a backhoe. The blast was seen and felt for miles around. The worker was killed.
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November 18
A train derailed leaving the Craig Power Station in CO for the second time in two months.
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November 17
A 4.1 earthquake hit offshore the OR coast.
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November 16
A minor 2.6 earthquake hit near Salt Lake Valley, UT.
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November 16
Three empty coal train cars derailed in the Bowie area between Washington and Baltimore. The accident pulled down power lines for hundreds of yards and threatened to delay commuters.
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November 16
Eight people were killed and 33 houses and trailers were destroyed by a tornado near Riegelwood, NC.
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November 15
A 8.1 earthquake caused a 6' wave surge in Crescent City, CA causing extensive damage to docks.
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November 13
Twenty-seven train cars derailed in Missoula, MT, and 4 cars were missing, presumed to have disappeared in the Clark Fork River.
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November 13
A snowstorm knocked out power to about 12,000 customers in Spokane, WA when a bad storm hit the Pacific Northwest.
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November 12
A house exploded when a construction worker hit a gas line in Huntington, NY. The homeowner escaped just before the blast, which caused the evacuation of surrounding houses.
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November 10
A train crashed in Baxter, CA, killing 2 workers who were trying to apply the brake. The train ran off the tracks as it sped down a mountain, spilling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.
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November 10
About 13,000 customers lost power in a snowstorm in Cadillac, MI.
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November 9
A train derailed in Peachtree City, GA, injuring 1 person. No hazardous materials were spilled.
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November 8
A train derailed near Rapid River, MI when 15 cars carrying iron ore pellets jumped the tracks.
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November 5
A 2.6 earthquake hit Portland, OR and thought small it was widely felt.
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November 3
A 2.4 earthquake hit Winston-Salem, NC causing some minor damage in buildings. This followed a swarm of earthquakes in the area the previous month.
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November 3
A 4.5 earthquake hit near Ocotillo, CA. It was followed by aftershocks of 2.0 and 3.6.
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November 2
A train derailed on a trestle over a highway in Kelso, WA. No one was hurt.
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November 2
A 3.2 earthquake hit near Raven, VA. The quake followed a cluster of small earthquakes in the Winston- Salem, NC area.
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October 31
A 3.6 earthquake hit near Paso Robles, CA in an active area of the San Andreas Fault.
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October 29
A wildfire in Warner Springs, CA forced the evacuation of about 100 people, while threatening 20 homes.
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October 28
A sudden gas leak occurred at 6:00 a.m. in Mundy Township, MI which caused the immediate evacuation of hundreds of residents who were ordered to walk, not drive, out of the area.
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October 26
A major snowstorm hit the Denver, CO area, snarling traffic and knocking out power.
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October 25
An ammonia pipeline burst in Clay Center, KS, causing 3 families that lived within 4 miles to be evacuated.
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October 24
A 4.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Eureka, CA. No damage was reported.
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October 24
Hundreds of students had to evacuate the UC San Diego campus to flee a natural gas leak.
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October 23
A condo in Baltimore County, MD was evacuated after a crack appeared from bowing in the support structure.
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October 23
A gas leak in Fort Morgan, CO caused the evacuation of about a half-dozen houses for over 48 hours.
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October 22
A train derailed in Gurdon, AR which caused the evacuation of local churches and residences. The train was carrying flammable materials.
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October 21
A train derailed in Essexville, MI. No damages or injuries were reported.
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October 21
A train derailed in Wilson County, KS. Two cars with ammonia fell into a river and had to be drained.
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October 20
A train derailed in New Brighton, PA, causing several tanker cars to explode. Hundreds of people were evacuated.
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October 19
The residents of Fulton, KY were evacuated for 24 hours after a railroad car leaked hydrochloric acid.
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October 19
An explosion in a sewer system in Rosedale, MD caused the evacuation of a local school after the earth-shaking blast. It appeared to have been caused by gasoline that may have been dumped.
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October 18
Twenty-four apartment dwellers in Atlanta lost all they had when one of the units in their building had an explosion. The cause is unknown.
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October 18
Residents of Keenesburg, CO felt inexplicable gas underground explosions throughout the day. The blasts started ever since workers repaired sewer lines the previous week. The local utility, Atmos Energy, cannot find the cause. Gas had to be turned off at a residence and store after natural gas was smelled.
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October 18
An explosion occurred in Lubbock, Texas at a tank company, shaking the town. Two were severely injured in the blast, which was heard 14 miles away. Nearby homes and businesses were damaged. Investigators suspected an equipment malfunction.
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October 18
The area surrounding a hazardous waste plant in Apex, NC was the site of another evacuation after a toxic plume of chemicals was spewed into the air. The incident was the 2nd in 2 weeks after a fire prompted the evacuation of thousands.
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October 16
A train derailed in downtown San Antonio, Texas and almost destroyed 2 houses. Experts say that if it had been like the June 2004 wreck which had cars carrying chlorine, hundreds of people could have died.
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October 16
A gas explosion destroyed a house in Wylie, Texas and killed two elderly residents. Neighbors thought it was an earthquake. The utility, Atmos Energy, found a gas leak 6 residences from the house, and dangerous levels of gas around nearby houses, causing 16 homes to be evacuated.
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October 16
A house in Kingsport, TN was destroyed in an explosion which killed two people. The blast was felt 4 miles away. The house had a brand new propane tank, gas line and wiring recently installed. Investigators found a hole in the line which allowed the house to fill up with gas.
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October 15
A 6.6 earthquake hit Hawaii Island, causing widespread damage to homes and infrastructure. Three thousand people had to be evacuated from hotels. A 5.8 aftershock occurred. Most of Oahu, the most populated island with 800,000 residents, lost power.
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October 13 A record snowstorm hit western NY, leaving 380,000 homes and businesses without power and killing at least 3 people. A state of emergency was declared and a ban placed on all nonessential travel. http://www.washtimes.com/national/20061013-111017-1203r.htm

October 13
A train derailed in a Bay City, MI neighborhood. The 11-car wreck will take some time to clean up, though no chemicals were spilled.
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October 12
A train in Schenectady, NY spilled rock salt.
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October 12
A woman was killed when her house exploded in Emporia, KS from a propane gas leak.
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October 12
A federal building in McAllen, Texas was evacuated after an electrical explosion.
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October 11
A vacant house in Tampa Bay exploded, killing one man and severely burning another.
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October 11
An apartment house in Rochester, NH was knocked off its foundation from an explosion of unknown cause.
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October 10
A ruptured gas line exploded near Weslaco, Texas, forcing the evacuation of local families.
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October 10
A man survived an explosion which destroyed his trailer in Rancho Mirage, CA. The blast was caused by a propane leak.
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October 9
A train derailment in Cactus, Texas injured 2 men.
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October 6
A train derailed in New Albany, MS, spilling clay. This was the 2nd in the area in less than a week.
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October 6
An underground explosion in downtown Waterbury, CT blew manhole covers into the air and set a car on fire.
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October 5
A couple escaped a blast which destroyed their house and damaged another in Lockport, IL
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October 5
A house in Jackson, NJ was destroyed in an explosion when the elderly couple returned home. A propane gas leak was the suspected cause.
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October 5
A series of explosions and fire at a hazardous material plant in Apex, NC produced a dangerous cloud of gas which caused the evacuation of 17,000 residents.
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October 3
A train derailed at the Craig Station Power Plant in CO.
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October 3
A train derailment in Sherman, MS spilled almost 5,000 tons of coal.
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October 1
A 1000-acre wildfire near Bridgeport, WA threatened 6 homes. The fire started from a downed powerline.
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September 30
One of the largest wildfires in CA history continued to burn, having consumed 254 sq. mi. Over the life of the fire hundreds of people were evacuated.
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September 30
A house in Fries, VA exploded from an apparent gas leak, killing an elderly woman and injuring her caretaker. The blast was heard 3 miles away.
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September 29
A gas leak in Salt Lake City, Utah resulted when a construction crew hit a gas line, forcing the evacuation of local residents.
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September 29
Construction workers in Warren, RI struck a gas line and caused the evacuation of nearby homes. A similar evacuation occurred on Sept. 19.
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September 29
A construction worker in Mound Valley, KS was killed when a work crew struck a high-pressure natural gas line that exploded. The area within a one-mile radius was evacuated.
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September 28
A construction crew in Lafayette, WI hit a gas line and caused the evacuation of a local preschool. The accident was caused by an inaccuratedly-marked gas line.
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September 28
Seven train cars derailed in Independence, WI and 20 people evacuated their homes as a precaution, because the cars had contained ammonia.
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September 28
A Robertson County, TN substation was struck by lightning, causing the entire county to lose power.
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September 28
A train derailed in Tipton, CA that blocked a number of roads in the area. There were no spills or damages.
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September 28
A house in Newport, ME was destroyed in an explosion from a gas leak. An elderly man was burned and taken to the hospital.
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September 27
A school in South Bend, IN was evacuated after construction workers ran over a gas line.
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September 26
Construction crews hit a gas line in Gwinnett County, GA and caused the evacuation of local businesses.
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September 26
A wildfire in Yolo County, CA burned 11,000 acres of rangeland and killed hundreds of farm animals. About 100 people had to be evacuated.
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September 26
A 3.8 earthquake shook the Redwood Valley area of CA. Despite the small strength it was felt by many residents. One said he was experienced with earthquakes, but this one was like a bomb went off. A 2.1 quake occurred earlier to the north in Ukiah.
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September 26
A house in St. Joseph, MO was destroyed in an explosion from a propane leak.
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September 25
Construction crews in Providence, RI hit a gas line and caused the evacuation of a nearby major office building and a construction project.
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September 25
A 3.7 earthquake hit Marlboro County, SC, shaking the local residents. It was the 2nd such earthquake in several days, following a 3.5 quake. There were some cracked windows but no major damage.
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September 25
A train derailment in Corpus Christi, Texas closed two roads. No hazardous materials were spilled.
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September 23-24
Over 35 tornadoes were reported in six states in the midwest, damaging hundreds of homes. Twelve people were killed in the storms.
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September 20
Utility workers in Billerica, MA were replacing a pole when they struck a gas line, forcing the evacuation of local residents.
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September 20
A train derailed in Allerton, Iowa when 22 cars derailed. They were carrying hazardous materials but fortunately nothing was spilled.
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September 21
A train in Brokaw, WI derailed and spilled tons of coal.
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September 21
A contractor in Richmond, VA broke a gas line while working underground, causing the evacuation of local businesses.
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September 21
A construction crew struck a gas line in Morristown, NJ, causing the evacuation of several buildings of a nearby housing development.
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September 21
A construction crew in Ypsilanti Township, MI working on a road-widening project put a 20" cut in a major gas line and caused the evacuation of a 1/4 mile radius around the site. The crew was supposed to be digging by hand but was using heavy equipment. The site was plainly marked but the warnings were "ignored."
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September 21
A construction crew in Savannah, GA broke a gas line, prompting the evacuation of the neighborhood for more than 3 hours.
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September 20
A train derailed in Vinton, Iowa spilling a large quantity of grain.
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September 20
A 2.2 earthquake hit northeast Ohio, one of 16 light earthquakes which have struck the area since November. Scientists are unable to explain the rash of quakes.
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September 19
A preschool and some nearby houses were evacuated in Warren, RI when a gas leak was detected under the street by grading crews.
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September 19
A train derailment in Crawford, Texas caused the evacuation of more than 300 people when ethanolamine was spilled. Twenty-three cars derailed.
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September 19
Three underground utility explosions in Philadelphia caused the evacuation of several high-rises in the area.
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September 19
A house in San Angelo, TX exploded and killed the occupant.
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September 18
A municipal court was evacuated after a nauseating odor from an unknown source permeated the building. Some of the occupants sought medical treatment.
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September 17
A wildfire in Banning, CA led to the evacuation of about 500 residences.
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September 16
About 20 people were evacuated from a condo in Deerfield Beach, FL after a propane leak was discovered.
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September 16
Someone placed pieces of steel on railroad tracks in Dover, MD, causing 2 cars to derail.
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September 16
One person was killed in Norwich Township, MI when a house exploded.
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September 15
An office building in Cool Springs, TN was evacuated after 15 occupants were exposed to an irritating chemical from the HVAC system.
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September 15
A preschool in Westport, CT was evacuated after a construction crew hit a gas line.
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September 15
A house in Eden, NC was destroyed in an explosion due to arson, shaking the entire neighborhood.
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September 15
A McAllen, TX restaurant exploded from a natural gas leak inside a wall, sending 20 people to the hospital.
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September 15
A homemade explosive device blew up in the Salt Lake City Library, prompting its evacuation.
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September 15
A 50 sq. mile wildfire in Livingston, MT drove 325 people from their homes. This is already the worst wildfire season in the U.S. in 50 years.
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September 15
A wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness in MN caused the voluntary evacuation of the Gunflint Trail and of about 100 homes.
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September 14
Local residents were evacuated in Kittanning, PA after a construction crew ruptured a gas line.
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September 14
A toxic chemical fire at an waste disposal plant in Macon, GA caused the evacuation of the local area.
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September 14
A house in St. Louis exploded from a gas leak, sending 3 people to the hospital with critical burns.
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September 14
A train carrying phosphoric acid and other cargo derailed near Salem, IL, forcing the evacuation of about 100 people within a half-mile radius.
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September 14
A wildfire in Layton, Utah caused the evacuation of more than 20 homes after it suddenly expanded from high winds.
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September 13
A duplex exploded in Indianopolis, IN, sending the occupant to the hospital with critical injuries.
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September 13
A gas leak caused the explosion of a bakery in Miami, FL.
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September 12
A train derailed in Deerfield, MA. There were no spills or injuries.
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September 12
A huge wildfire of more than 30 sq. miles near Castiac, CA forced the closure of I-5, the main route between northern and central CA. It later grew to almost 50 sq. miles.
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September 12
A power plant exploded in Will County, IL, injuring 5 employees, 3 of them critically.
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September 12
A house exploded in St. Louis County, MO after a nearby cable crew cut a gas line. The only occupant at the time came outside smelling gas, and fled the scene with his dog in his truck, only to see his house, 100' away, explode in his rearview mirror. Local residents were evacuated. The workers had just previously cut a gas line the week before.
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September 12
Two men were killed when a cargo container exploded at a Tribal Bingo Casino in Worley, ID.
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September 12
A house in Riverside, CA was evacuated after nearby gas and water lines under the pavement began leaking.
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September 11
A train derailed in Meridian, MS, when the tracks collapsed underneath the train. Local roads were closed but no materials leaked.
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September 11
A train derailed in Hutchinson, KS at a grain elevator.
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September 11
Lightning struck a fuel plant in Hidalgo County, TX, setting off a series of explosions.
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September 11
An office building in Van Nuys, CA was evacuated after noxious fumes were circulated through the ventilation system. Five people were taken to the hospital.
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September 10
About 200 people were evacuted from a pregame party at an NFL stadium in Charlotte, NC from a natural gas leak.
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September 10
A rare 6.0 earthquake hit the Gulf of Mexico, and was felt in FL, MS, LA, AL, GA and even TN. Damage was reported from the incident, such as a broken pipe in Orlando which flooded an apartment building. This was the worst quake to hit the area in 30 years.
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September 10
A house near Ogden, Iowa exploded from a propane leak.
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September 9
A school and shopping center in Bernardsville, NJ were evacuated after a construction crew hit a gas line.
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September 9
A 3700-acre wildfire in the area of Foresthill, CA prompted voluntary evacuations.
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September 7
A house in Witchita, KS exploded. Gas was smelled two days before by the resident.
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September 6
A minor train derailment occurred in Orange County, FL.
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September 6
A house in Carver, MA was destroyed in a propane explosion.
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September 6
Several blocks were evacuated in Sturgis, MI after a gas leak was detected.
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September 6
A school in Ft. Worth, TX was evacuated when a nearby gas line was cut by a construction crew.
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September 3
An apartment building in Oklahoma City, OK was evacuated after a car struck a gas meter and caused a gas leak. It took officials 2 hours just to shut off the gas.
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September 3
A train derailed in Oswego Township, IL, spilling tons of sand.
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September 3
Construction workers hit a gas line in Berlin, MD, causing an explosion 2 minutes later.
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September 3
A house in Kansas City, MO exploded from a gas leak, killing a 2-year old and severely burning the mother. They had smelled gas, which ignited when the TV was turned on.
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September 1
A 1300-acre wildfire near Rifle, CO forced the evacuation of more than 40 homes. Several buildings were already burned.
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September 1
Contractors in Oklahoma City, OK struck a gas line and caused an explosion that left 900 customers without power.
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September 1
An elementary school in New Albany, NY was evacuated when construction workers cut a nearby gas line and natural gas entered the school.
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September 1
Tropical storm Ernesto landed near Long Beach, NC and moved through VA and MD. Maximum winds were 70 mph. Eight to twelve inches of rain fell in NC. Evacuations were held in various low-lying areas. More than 400,000 customers lost power. NC, VA and WV were declared disaster areas. Six deaths were blamed on the storm, including 2 in FL.
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August 30
A train derailed in Beaumont, TX, causing the evacuation of the surrounding area.
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August 29
A 244 sq. mile wildfire in southern MT burned 35 homes and buildings. About 250 homes were evacuated.
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August 27
Tourists were ordered to evacuate the Florida Keys as Hurricane Ernesto threatened the area.
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August 26
A voluntary evacuation was issued for residents within 1500' of a railroad car in Dover, DE after it began to leak toxic styrene and made 23 people sick.
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August 25
An explosion in Indianopolis, IN destroyed a new house and shook the neighborhood. The explosion was caused by a natural gas leak. The two adjacent houses had to be evacuated.
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August 25
A fuel tanker wrecked in Sioux Falls, SD and caused the evacuation of 200 residents from the danger presented by a fire and series of explosions.
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August 24
A two-block area of New Philadelphia, PA was evacuated after a contractor struck a gas line, causing gas to leak into nearby homes. Residents had to leave as they were; one woman left with her hair in curlers. Officials took their house keys so that they could go inside and test for gas.
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August 24
A series of more than 10 explosions at a bomb recycling plant in Doyline, LA caused the evacuation of the entire town. Two major highways, including an interstate, were closed. This was the second explosion at the facility in less than 2 weeks.
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August 24
A gas line was broken by a construction crew in Dixon, CA, forcing the evacuation of the local area.
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August 24
A house in Olin, Iowa exploded from a gas leak. The owner smelled gas and went outside, avoiding serious injury.
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August 24
A house in Cambridge, Ohio blew up when a natural gas leak was ignited. Two people were hurt in the blast and two nearby houses were damaged beyond repair. The landlord evidently broke the gas line in the basement, and gas seeped up into the yard and ignited.
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August 24
An apartment house in Cherry Creek, NY exploded from an apparent propane tank leak. The tanks had just been filled and gas was smelled by residents.
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August 23
An explosion from a meth lab in an apartment in New Smyrna Beach, FL released toxic chemicals into the atmosphere and caused the evacuation of the complex, which is supposed to be for the elderly.
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August 23
A gas pipe was damaged by a construction crew in Poway, CA, and the resulting leak prompted the evacuation of the local area.
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August 22
A train derailed near Arlington, KS when a connector between cars broke. The train was carrying new cars.
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August 22
Two trains derailed in Dania Beach, FL when they collided, spilling gravel, sand, rock and other building supplies.
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August 22
Almost 200 homes were evacuated from a wildfire near Billings, MT.
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August 22
A wildfire near Dayton, WA grew to more than 3000 acres, prompting voluntary evacuations, while another between Winthrop and Conconolly had consumed almost 122,000 acres.
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August 21
Hundreds of people were evacuated near Glenwood Springs, CO when a contractor hit a gas line, causing gas and dust to spew hundreds of feet into the air.
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August 21
An explosion in Baltimore, MD from a natural gas leak caused a fire that damaged 17 houses. Residents were mad because one smelled gas three days before and called the utility company, which said there was no leak.
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August 21
Lightning struck a tank farm in Hobbs, NM causing a series of explosions and shaking houses in the area.
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August 19
Firefighters were about to control a large wildfire in northern NV which had burned almost 150,000 acres.
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August 17
An elderly couple was critically injured when their condo in Amherst, MA exploded, destroying 6 condo units.
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August 17
A pickup and fuel truck wrecked in Surprise, AZ, causing the evacuation of homes and businesses within 1/4 mi. of the site.
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August 16
A track fire caused the evacuation of 4000 passengers on the Brooklyn subway system.
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August 16
A natural gas leak in Washington, D.C. occurred after a utility crew was working in the area, prompting the evacuation of an office building.
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August 16
An 8000-acre wildfire south of Casper, WY threatened hundreds of houses.
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August 15
A gas leak in a pipeline in Beaumont, Texas exploded at a pumping station.
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August 14
About 30 homes were evacuated, possible for some time, in Cameron Parish, LA after a gas well exploded and began leaking gas.
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August 13
A fire at a Caldwell Co., Texas paint plant caused the evacuation of about 20 homes.
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August 13
A house in Lincoln, DE exploded from a gas leak. No one was injured.
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August 12
A hotel in Deerfield Beach, FL was evacuated from a propane leak.
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August 11
Some residents of Clark, MT had to evacuate when a drill rig started leaking natural gas.
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August 11
A man was seriously injured when his house in Mt. Pleasant Township, PA exploded when natural gas leaked from a quarter-sized hole in a gas main running under his house. He did not even have gas.
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August 11
A man died in a house explosion in Jefferson, WI. The blast rattled the neighborhood. Investigators later found that he shot himself.
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August 9
Six buildings in Grand Rapids, MI were evacuated when workers hit a gas line, causing a leak.
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August 8
A third of Idaho Falls, ID was left without power after a substation explosion. Power had to be rerouted through other substations.
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August 8
A man in Knoxville, TN was putting in a water line and struck a gas line which was erroneously marked. An explosion resulted which destroyed his equipment but he escaped harm.
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August 8
A wildfire in San Jacinto, CA prompted evacuation of more than 50 houses as 3 people were injured.
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August 8
A gas leak at a Sarasota, FL restaurant caused the evacuation of the local area.
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August 7
Washington D.C.'s largest hotel had to be evacuated from a small fire.
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August 7
Two teens in Frankfort, KS were playing with an explosive device which detonated, killing one.
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August 6
An ammonia leak at a Newark, NJ ice rink forced the evacuation of everyone inside and sent one to the hospital.
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August 4
A Memphis, TN pesticide plant exploded, sending sodium chlorate into the atmosphere and causing local residents to be ordered to remain indoors.
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August 4
An unidentified odor in a party store in Temecula, CA caused the evacuation as about 20 people became sick. The source was never found.
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August 3
An explosion in the Stamford, CT electrical grid cut power downtown to 5000 customers.
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August 3
A 3.3 earthquake hit Battle Ground, OR.
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August 2
A natural gas is believed to be the cause of an explosion in a Carlinville, IL house which killed a woman, her son and grandson. The blast was felt miles away, destroyed another home and damaged at least 15 nearby homes. Natural gas was smelled in the home the night before.
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August 2
A 4.4 earthquake hit Glen Ellen, CA, which caused no major damage.
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August 2
A lightning strike ignited a house in Constantia, NY and caused a propane leak, which later exploded and injured 13 firefighters.
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August 1
A vacant house in Riverside, Ohio was destroyed in an explosion from an apparent gas leak, which shook and damaged neighboring houses. Two nearby homes were seriously damaged.
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August 1
A man was seriously injured when his home exploded from a gas leak. Official said that underground gas leaks had occurred elsewhere in town from storage facilities but that this was unrelated.
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August 1
A teenager died in an apartment explosion in Lake Grove, NY when a leaking natural gas line ignited. Six others were hospitalized.
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July 31
A barn in Norman, IN inexplicably exploded without fire. The nearest gas line is 1/4 mile away.
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July 30
A train derailed in Hillsborough Co., FL after someone put a piece of railroad equipment, called a knuckle on the tracks. The FBI was investigating the incident but did not think it was terrorism.
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July 29-30
A propane tank farm in North Las Vegas caught fire and exploded, setting another nearby farm on fire as well. About 2000 people were evacuated for a mile radius as shrapnel from the tanks was thrown through the air. Officials watched for 21 hours and hoped that the largest tank, 30,000 gallons, did not explode.
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July 28
Lightning struck a propane tank at a truck stop in Las Vegas, NV, igniting a blast that was felt a mile away and closed a nearby highway.
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July 28
An elderly man was injured when his house in Marengo, Iowa blew up from a propane gas leak.
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July 28
NV had more than 160 sq. mi. of wildfires, the most in the country. The biggest was 75 sq. mi. Oregon was second with 123 sq. mi. of wildfires raging statewide. The town of Sisters had 500 residents evacuated.
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July 27
A forest fire in CA threatened major power lines between CA and the Pacific Northwest.
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July 27
A man was killed in a Gilroy, CA motel room when he was trying to make hash oil and caused an explosion.
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July 25
A 15,000-acre wildfire raged at the Mexican-US border in the Cleveland National Forest in CA. It appeared to have been started by illegal aliens. About 80 homes were officially evacuated with more voluntary.
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July 25
A house exploded in Andover, MN after 4 teens struck a gas main with an SUV.
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July 22
An industrial explosion in Roanoke, VA caused the evacuation of local businesses. The area had a sulfur smell afterwards, but there was no health hazard.
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July 22
A natural gas pipeline exploded in Winchester, KY, causing the evacuation of local homes.
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July 21-22
A storm in East Valley, AZ knocked out power to 16,800 customers during a record heat wave.
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July 21
A polymer plant in Spartanburg, SC had an explosion which shook houses 2 miles away. Despite summer temperatures, over 140 families in a half-mile radius were told to stay inside with windows up and air conditioners off.
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July 20
A house in Dennisport, MA exploded from a natural gas leak. The house was lifted off its foundation.
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July 20
A house in Stone, KY blew up from a natural gas leak underneath the house. All the houses on the street were evacuated.
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July 19-20
A storm that raced through the midwest knocked out power to about 500,000 customers in St. Louis during a heat wave which had killed 18 people, causing the MO governor to call out the National Guard to take people to air conditioned shelters.
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July 19
An annex to Calvary Baptist Church college in Tuscaloosa, AL was destroyed in an explosion apparently from a natural gas leak.
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July 19
A young man was killed in Texas City, TX when his apartment blew up after he and another man were mixing explosives. Local residents were evacuated.
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July 19
A 5.0 earthquake hit 8 miles offshore of Petrolia, CA.
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July 19
A wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness swelled to almost 31 square miles.
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July 18
A 3.6 earthquake hit Mt. St. Helens, the largest during its current eruption.
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July 18
A storm knocked out power to 35,000 ConEd customers in the lower Hudson Valley of NY.
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July 18
A house in an affluent neighborhood in Meridan, MS was destroyed in an explosion, killing an elderly female.
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July 17-27
A power outage in NY city left 100,000 people without power for days, after a series of mysterious electrical failures in underground cables. Meanwhile, residents had to contend with a heat wave.
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July 16
A house in Schodack, NY was destroyed in an explosion from a faulty propane hot water heater, killing two young women when vapors built up in the basement and ignited. The 10-year old sister of one of the victims survived the blast.
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July 15
A 40,000-acre wildfire merged with a 7000-acre fire in the San Bernardino Forest 100 miles east of Los Angeles after it burned 100 structures. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency there. Dozens of homes had to be evacuated.
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July 15
A faulty hot water heater at a nursing home in East Bridgewater, MA exploded, causing the evacuation of 113 people.
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July 14
A 4.0 earthquake hit between Grace and Georgetown, ID.
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July 13
A dozen homes were evacuated in Abilene, TX from a 500-acre wildfire.
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July 13
A vacant house in Capitol Heights, MD blew up after the natural gas line was sabotaged.
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July 10
Two people were killed in a gas explosion in Ellison Bay, WI which damaged 3 buildings in the resort town. An electrical contractor for the utility company apparently accidentally cut a gas line, causing a leak which ignited. Another possibility for the severed line is a geological shift in the limestone. About 100 people were relocated after the series of blasts, which witnesses described as sounding like half the town blew up. The surrounding area was vented and gas escaped in other pockets. A 136-year old building was destroyed by the blast, which virtually closed the resort town.
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July 10
A four-story doctors' office building exploded and collapsed in Manhattan from a gas leak, injuring 15 people. The blast was described by witnesses as feeling like an earthquake. The explosion was apparently caused by a doctor's suicide attempt, from which he later died. A sabotaged gas line was found in the basement.
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July 9
A small camping gas grill exploded at Hobie Beach, FL, injuring 5 people. Two adults and one child were critically burned.
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July 8
A house in Batesville, IN exploded from a gas leak.
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July 7
A house in Hutchinson, KS was destroyed when a meth lab blew up, seriously burning a man inside. The explosion was felt two blocks away.
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July 1
A Wal-Mart in Danvers, MA was evacuated and 39 people were taken to the hospital after an irritating odor permeated the store and caused nausea, throat irritation, burning eyes and respiratory problems.
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June 30
A meth lab exploded in a West Memphis, TN motel room.
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June 30
A roach bomb blew up in a Chinese bakery in Brooklyn, NY.
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June 30
A van exploded on I-43 in Milwaukee, WI, causing local evacuations. The passengers had been collecting scrap and had found discarded ordinance detonation materials.
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June 30
A train derailed in Elbow Lake, MN. There were no hazardous materials on board.
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June 29
A 4.3 earthquake hit Brawley, CA, which was followed 2 minutes later by a 3.2 aftershock. There were no reports of damage.
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June 29
A train derailed in Glendale Heights , IL. No hazardous materials spilled.
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June 29
A freight train in British Columbia, Canada derailed and killed two of the crew.
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June 28
The Astro hotel in Surfside Beach, SC partially collapsed and about 40 occupants were evacuated. Buildings are supposed to be inspected each year by county inspectors.
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June 28
Wildfires in NV burned more than 100,000 acres and caused the evacuation of hundreds of people in the northern part of the state.
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June 28
A house in Quincy, MA blew up, apparently from a flammable chemical disposed of in the sewer system.
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June 28
A gas explosion at a Bremen, GA hotel killed a maintenance man. Six to eight rooms were destroyed. The blast was heard at least two miles away. It was apparently caused when the utility restarted the line, unbeknownst to the repairman.
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June 28
A Montrose, CO neighborhood was evacuated after a fiber optic contractor broke a gas line.
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June 27
A gas line in Sioux City, Iowa was cut by a contractor, forcing the evacution of local residents.
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June 27
A train derailed in Houston, Texas, which leaked a small quantity of methanol. US 90 remained closed more than 24 hours later.
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June 27
A train derailed in St. Jacob, IL, causing 21 homes to be evacuated for more than 24 hrs. when hydrogen perioxide and ammonium nitrate spilled.
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June 26
An explosion at an oil-recycling facility shook a San Bernardino, CA neighborhood.
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June 26
A house in Fountain Prairie, WI exploded, apparently from a gas leak. The blast was heard 25 miles away. Neighboring houses were also damaged.
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June 25-28
The northeast and mid-Atlantic was inundated with record rain which caused extensive flooding. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated and at least 20 people were killed.
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June 25
A power outage struck almost three-quarters of the state of Alaska.
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June 25
A 2300-acre wildfire in northern NM caused three small communities to be evacuated.
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June 23
An apartment complex in Fresno, CA exploded, leaving more than a dozen people homeless.
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June 23
A vacant house in Detroit, MI exploded when someone opened the front door, as though boobytrapped.
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June 22
A manhole cover exploded in East Harlem, NY sending a worker flying 20-30'. The utility says the hot weather increases the possibility of overheating, and modern technology stresses the infrastructure.
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June 21
Firefighters fought a 2500-acre fire in Sedona, AZ which threatened an area of 460 evacuated homes and businesses.
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June 20
A train derailed in Monroe County, TN, causing the evacuation of residents within a half-mile radius because hazardous materials were onboard.
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June 20
A house in Darkfork, KY exploded, sending 2 people to the hospital. The home was destroyed and another caught on fire, while others nearby were also damaged.
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June 19
A minor train derailment delayed traffic in Charlotte, NC.
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June 19
A wildfire in southern CO led to the closure of US 160 and calls for voluntary evacuations.
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June 19
A wildfire in Sedona, AZ caused local evacuations of about 500 homes and businesses.
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June 19
A contractor struck a gas line at an apartment complex in Barberton, Ohio and caused an explosion.
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June 18
A building exploded in Reading, PA, sending one man to the hospital. ATF agents investigated.
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June 18
A train derailed in Missoula, MT and spilled ethanol, causing the evacuation of local residents for fear of fire.
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June 18
A utility shed at a Harlem, NY sports complex blew up, apparently from a propane leak.
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June 18
A train derailed in Streator, IL but there were no injuries or spills.
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June 18
A 500-lb propane tank exploded in Shagbark, TN when the shutoff valve on top inexplicably blew off, sending propane streaming upwards 100'.
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June 17
An abandoned home in Camden, NJ exploded when a gas leak was ignited by vagrants lighting a crack pipe. Three people were seriously burned.
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June 17
A natural gas leak in Amarillo, TX caused an evacuation of local residences.
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June 17
A wildfire in Albuquerque, NM caused the evacuation of hundreds of people.
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June 17
A house in Camden, NJ blew up from an explosion of unknown origin. Police evacuated the neighborhood.
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June 17
A 3.8 and a 4.0 earthquake hit near Pony, MT.
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June 16
A small 3.1 earthquake hit the TN/NC border. It was the 7th in the region this year.
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June 16
A train derailed in Chelsea, AL two weeks ago and the CSX railroad company neglected to report it. It was not discovered until a nearby resident reported a fish kill from the accident, which supposedly only spilled soybeans.
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June 16
A train in Farewell, MI carrying radioactive material was caused to derail in an act of sabotage. Seventeen of 38 cars derailed in the accident.
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June 15
A 4.7 earthquake hit near San Martin, CA, and was followed by 3 smaller quakes. No injuries or damages were reported.
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June 14 A house in Franklin Square, NY blew up when a faulty stove coupling leaked and the gas was ignited. The elderly resident was burned and in critical condition, and later died.
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June 14
A minor train derailment delayed traffic in Raleigh, NC.
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June 12
Tropical storm Alfredo caused the evacuation of more than 20,000 people from Cedar Key, FL.
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June 12
A train derailed near Columbus, MT. Only particle board was spilled. The wreck was caused by wheel bearing failure.
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June 9
A vacant house in Stowe Township, PA exploded and collapsed. Neighbors smelled a strong odor of gas.
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June 6
A shopping center in Cathedral City, CA was evacuated after a construction crew broke a gas line.
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June 6
A fire started before 6 a.m. in an abandoned mill in Great Falls, SC and caused the evacuation of 200 local residents because of the smoke. They will have to be away from their houses for days until the fire burns out. This is the same town that was sued by a Wiccan priestess for ending city council meetings in the name of Jesus. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal.
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June 6
A wildfire in Nassauville, FL caused the evacuation of 60 homes.
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June 6
A house in Midwood, NJ blew up while some contractors were working on it. One was killed and two others ran out with severe burns. The blast was caused when vapors from a chemical they were using ignited.
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June 5
Construction crews in Durand, WI broke a 3" gas line, causing an evacuation of all homes and businesses within a one-mile radius. The proper part could not be obtained, leaving the customers without gas for one day.
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June 5
A block of Main St. in Oshkosh, WI was evacuated after construction crews broke a gas line.
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June 5
A home in Whitehall, PA was lost in a slow-moving mudslide.
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June 5
A tank at an oil field exploded in Raleigh, MS, killing 3 men. The blast was felt a mile away.
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June 4
An entire block of a Yakima, WA neighborhood was evacuated after a man hit a gas line while digging.
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June 3
A propane truck exploded in a truck stop in St. Paul, NE, injuring 2 men.
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June 3
A house in Union County, NC was destroyed in a gas explosion.
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June 3
A mobile home in Newaygo County, MI exploded and killed a man. The cause was unknown.
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June 2
About 50 people were evacuated after city workers in Kingston, NY were replacing a sewer line and hit a gas line, causing a leak.
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June 2-4
A 1500-acre wildfire in Sedona, AZ destroyed 2 houses and caused 200 local residents to be evacuated for 2 days.
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June 1
A brand new million dollar house in Middleton, MA exploded when two propane tanks blew up. The house was destroyed and had to be torn down.
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June 1
A house in Sioux City, Iowa exploded from a natural gas leak. Two men improperly disconnected a line, which filled the house with gas.
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May 31
A house in Kosciusko County, IN was destroyed in a meth lab explosion, killing the occupant.
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May 31
A gas truck exploded in Covington, Ohio, causing the evacuation of all buildings in a 1000' radius and the closure of the nearby Roebling Suspension bridge.
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May 31
A house in Saginaw, MI was destroyed in an explosion, which damaged 2 adjacent houses. Residents smelled gas in the area for days prior to the blast. It appeared that a gas line was intentionally cut and the fire set.
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May 30
A train derailment in Tribes Hill, NY caused the evacuation of local residents because the empty tankers had ethanol vapors.
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May 30
A train derailed in Paterson, NJ and caused the evacuation of about 30 local homes because the cars had ethanol vapors.
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May 28
Almost 400 homes were evacuated near Conifer, CO after a wildfire broke out.
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May 27
A cabin in a resort in Oakland Township, WI was destroyed in a probably gas explosion, severely injuring 2 people.
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May 27
Two trains hit in Bexar County, TX when one did not obey a signal and yield right of way. The derailed cars were empty.
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May 27
At least 36 people were evacuated in Townsend, TN after a large propane tank began leaking, when the relief valve blew open.
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May 26
A gas station leak in Madison, WI caused the evacuation of local houses and a restaurant when fumes were smelled in the sewer, and could have been ignited.
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May 25
Six residents in Bryan, Texas were evacuated after a construction crew hit a gas line and caused a leak.
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May 24
A minor 3.2 earthquake hit Oakland, CA.
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May 24
A fuel tank exploded and killed a man in Copemish, MI when he was dismantling it. The blast threw him 700' and shattered windows in nearby homes. The blast was heard 5 miles away.
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May 22
Twenty homes were evacuated in Clay City, IN after a pastor cutting the grass ran over an exposed gas line, causing a leak.
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May 22
A house in Salem, MA blew up when a propane tank exploded.
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May 22
A lady mixing pool chemicals in her house caused an explosion which injured 9 people in Carrollton, IL.
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May 22
A Council Bluffs, Iowa business had a gas explosion that shook the ground for 6 blocks around.
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May 20
A noxious odor in a Columbus, NE Wal-Mart caused the evacuation of the entire store. The source was never identified, but it was smelled on the roof and was apparently drawn into the store's ventiliation system.
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May 20
A train derailed near Montpilier, ID. No hazardous materials were being carried.
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May 20
A train derailed in Lawrenceville, GA, causing the closure of a damaged highway bridge.
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May 20
A refinery in Norco, LA had an explosion. The cause was found to be a burst pipe, which has been a common accident from corrosion at other refineries.
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May 17
A huge mudslide in Schweitzer Ski Resort, ID damaged some condominiums.
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May 17
Two coal trains collided outside of Alliance, NE sending 2 people to the hospital.
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May 16
A freight train derailed in Taunton, MA. Some local residents were evacuated as a precaution because of a concern of hazardous waste spills.
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May 15
About 1400 homes were evacuated in Edgewater, FL after a wildfire jumped I-95. Fires have been burning for weeks, prompting intermittent closure of the road from smoke.
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May 14
An Amtrak train derailed in Somonauk, IL. No one was injured.
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May 13
An explosion was caused by "bug bombs" at a Van Nuys, CA apartment complex and left 19 people homeless.
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May 12
An underground cable blew out a manhole cover in Troy, MI and left 400 people without power.
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May 12
A refinery in Wynnewood, Texas exploded; local residents were evacuated and local highways were closed in a one-mile radius. Black smoke could be seen from miles away.
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May 12-15
A four-day storm dumped up to 17" of rain which flooded NH, southern Maine and MA. Fourteen thousand MA residents had damage to their houses. Two people were killed. In Lawrence, MA there was trouble helping residents because 70% of the town is Hispanic and few could speak English.
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May 10
A house in Mahnomen, MN was destroyed in an explosion of unknown origin. No one was at home.
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May 9
Propane tanks exploded inside a gun safe manufacturing business in Provo, Utah.
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May 8
A train derailed in Akron, Ohio when 2 teens jammed a railroad tie into a switch, causing 103 cars to derail and spill tons of coal.
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May 4
A house in Cherokee County, GA was destroyed in an explosion and fire. A couple barely escaped with their lives.
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May 4
Three Mingo County schools were closed after a train derailment in WV, which blocked a road.
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May 4
Nearly 4 years to the day after a dangerous train derailment in Potterville, MI, another derailment occurred at the almost exact same location, which shut the town down for 4 days in 2002, when 2200 residents were evacuated while officials removed deadly liquid propane and sulfuric acid. This time, 15 cars derailed, one of which was carrying a hazardous material. Fortunately, none leaked. There was a half-mile evacuation when the car was placed back on the track.
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May 3
A series of underground explosions occurred in downtown Mt. Clemens, MI. The apparent cause was an electrical cable failure. Manhole covers blew off, fire shot into the air, and a four-block area was evacuated.
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May 2
A wildfire in Luzerne, MI burned 6000 acres and chased residents from their homes. More than a dozen buildings were damaged.
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April 30
A 300' mudslide closed 2 lanes of I-80 in Pinole, CA.
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April 30
An explosion and fire destroyed 5 apartments in Lawrence, KS when gas vapors apparently leaked from tanks in a nearby service station and moved underground, then igniting.
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April 29
A meth lab blew up in Cedarville, OH, shaking houses in the neighborhood. A man inside was seriously injured.
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April 29
A refrigeration plant in Port Arthur, TX blew up. Flames extended 100' into the sky, and a shelter-in- place order was issued for the town.
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April 28
A house exploded in Ft. Worth, Texas from an apparent natural gas leak.
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April 28
A gas leak in Needham, MA ignited and caused the evacuation of the surrounding area.
A meth lab fire in a Sturgis, MI apartment complex caused the evacuation of 8 families.
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April 28
A train derailed in Linden, AL. Two businesses were evacuated as a precaution.
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April 28
A train derailed in Plains Township, PA, damaging 800' of track and spilling lumber and paper products.
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April 28
A meth lab fire in a Sturgis, MI apartment complex caused the evacuation of 8 families.
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April 27
A former CIA analyst and emergency preparedness expert said that the Pacific Northwest is poorly prepared for an earthquake. The area lies in the unstable Cascadia Subduction Zone.
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April 27
A nearby natural gas leak caused the evacuation of a school in Pittsburgh, PA.
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April 26
A train derailment in El Dorado, KS blocked traffic. Some of the cars were carrying dangerous phosphoric acid and molten sulfur, but none leaked.
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April 26
An explosive device found in the trunk of a car in Waynesville, NC was disarmed by a bomb technician. The shopping center had been evacuated and was closed for the afternoon. The device turned out to be a fake bomb the suspect used in an attempted carjacking.
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April 25
A squirrel got into a power station and caused a short and explosion, which knocked out power to 9000 customers in Manchester, NH. It was restored in 45 minutes.
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April 24
A truck backed into 2 gas meters and caused a gas leak in St. Albans City, VT, causing an evacuation of the surrounding area.
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April 24
A train derailed in Lodi, CA when it braked suddenly to avoid running over a woman. Five cars derailed and ripped up 300' of track.
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April 22
A train derailed in Navasota, NM. Thirteen cars derailed and 9 were carrying gravel. No hazardous materials were involved.
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April 22
A train derailed in Richmond, VA when 2 train trestles collapsed over a roadway.
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April 22
A gas well exploded in a Ft. Worth, Texas suburban area, killing one worker and causing the evacuation of 500 residences. The explosion was pressure related and did not involve any flames.
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April 22
A house in St. Joseph, MI was destroyed in an explosion, killing one man. A plug was removed from a gas line in the basement, which allowed a buildup of natural gas. The blast was felt up to 6 miles away.
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April 21
A house south of Waxahachie, Texas, blew up and threw a young girl half outside. She was trapped between the top of the wall and the roof, and miraculously survived. The explosion was caused by a propane leak. Article

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A welding business was destroyed in an explosion that killed one man in Evadale, Texas. A tanker truck was being welded and blew up from vapors inside the tank.
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April 20
A FEMA-supplied trailer exploded in Slidell, LA from a propane leak. The couple's home was destroyed by Katrina, and the male occupant later died from injuries received in the blast.
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April 19
An explosion destroyed a Campbellsburg, KY church. Officials think a natural gas leak is the cause.
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April 18
A mudslide in Perry County, KY forced the closure of highway 699 and the evacuation of one family.
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April 18
A 100' cliff slid down a hill onto a railroad track south of Everett, WA. There was no discernible reason for the mudslide since the area had not sustained recent rains, though the soil was saturated. The tracks were cleared and rail was stopped for a mandatory 48 hrs.
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April 18
A house exploded in Boynton Beach, FL, killing one person and leaving 3 missing. The blast was felt for miles. Investigators found pieces of sticks of dynamite at the scene.
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April 17

Eight train cars derailed in Goshen, IN, knocking out phone service to about 10,000 Verizon customers for 12 hours. The outage caused major problems for local doctors' offices, who depend upon the service for computer records for patients.
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April 17
Thirteen grain rail cars derailed in Elmira, Idaho.
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April 17
A house under construction near Canaan Valley Resort, WV blew up from a gas leak, injuring 5 workers, 4 of them critically. Two of them later died.
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April 17
A house blew up in Donner Summit, CA from a propane leak. It was thought that snow built up around a gas pipe and cracked it, causing a leak that ignited.
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April 16
A storage building in Chandler Co., GA exploded, killing 2 people.
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April 15
A restaurant in Lauderdale Lakes, FL blew up from a propane gas leak.
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April 13
A truck hauling TNT byproduct exploded on I-83 in MD, temporarily closing the interstate.
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April 13
Four workers were injured when a manhole blew up at the UNC-Charlotte campus in NC. One was left in critical condition. Power was out all day at the school.
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April 13
An apartment exploded in Nashua, NH when five bug bombs blew up inside. Residents in the entire complex were evacuated and left homeless.
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April 11
A transformer blew in the Oroville, CA area, leaving several thousand without power for an extended time.
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April 11
Thousands southwest of Denver awoke without power. The utility company did not know why, but speculated that a small tornado or microburst had damaged some of their equipment.
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April 11
A gas line was punctured in Las Vegas, NV by construction crews, causing the evacuation of those in the area, and the closure of roads within a mile.
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April 11
A house blew up in Detroit, MI. Investigators suspect that gas was poured around the house and ignited.
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April 11
More mudslides hit the San Francisco Bay area, killing one man in Marin County and leaving many homeless. Gov. Schwarzenegger declared 9 counties disaster areas. Many homeowners are finding out that homeowners' insurance does not cover earthquakes, floods and landslides.
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April 10
A farm house in Waukee, Iowa exploded, killing one person. The occupants smelled an odor of gas before the blast.
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April 10
An underground gas main exploded in New York City. A bus was set on fire. An evacuation was conducted of the immediate area.
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April 9
A mudslide destroyed a house in South Weber, Utah and injured a little girl.
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April 8
Ten miles of I-10 near Gulfport, MS was reduced to one lane from a nearby wildfire.
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April 8
Fifty homes had to be evacuated in Spivey's Corner, NC after threatened by a 200-acre wildfire.
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April 8
A transformer exploded and fell on a house in North Lauderdale, FL, burning it down.
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April 8
A million-gallon tank of asphalt exploded in Athens, NY. Fortunately no one was hurt.
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April 8
A train in Rushville, IL was sabotaged as tractor tires and other debris was thrown from a bridge onto the railroad tracks in front of the train, almost causing a derailment. Three cars became unhooked in the incident. Construction barricades were also found on both ends of the bridge.
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April 7
A series of tornados in TN left 12 dead and thousands homeless. A curfew was in effect in Gallatin. The storms came less than a week after another series left 28 people dead.
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April 7
Six homes were destroyed in a wildfire in Kingfisher, OK as local residents were evacuated. Since 11/1/05, 560,000 acres were burned and more than 1000 homes or businesses destroyed or damaged.
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April 7
Six hundred people returned home after being evacuated in two towns near Amarillo, Texas from wildfires. Officials have found that 85% of the fires during this season were within 2 miles of a town, and more than 400 homes were burned since 12/27/05.
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April 7
A house in Cadillac, MA exploded and was destroyed in the ensuing blaze. Neighbors reported feeling the blast.
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April 7
A restaurant in Claremore, OK blew up when a hot water heater exploded. A faulty gas regulator was thought to be responsible.
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April 6
Seven hundred employees at the WV State Capitol complex had to be evacuated when a gas leak was smelled. The cause was a faulty regulator.
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April 5
A weakened berm threatened houses downstream in Calavaras County, CA, causing the evacuation of 100 homes.
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April 4
The MD State House was evacuated after a bomb threat. None was found.
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April 3
The San Francisco Bay area was hit with mudslides. Some homeowners may be without a house for months or years, as the house cannot be repaired until the area stabilizes.
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April 3
The U.S. Capitol building was evacuated after it lost power.
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April 3
Eleven rail cars derailed Cajon Pass, CA, spilling corn.
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April 2
Twenty-eight people were killed by storms spawning tornados in the nation's midsection, with 23 left dead in western TN. Half of the town of Marmaduke, AR was destroyed.
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April 2
A 1600-acre wildfire in Jefferson County, CO caused the evacuation of 135 homes.
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April 1
A garage exploded in Bloomingburg, Ohio house, starting a blaze which destroyed the entire structure. Neighbors said the blast was so powerful it shook their houses. A firefighter said in 30 years he had never seen an explosion like it.
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March 30
A gas explosion destroyed a condo unit and damaged another in Winter Park, CO.
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March 29
One of the oldest buildings in Douglas, MI was destroyed when a car crashed into an apartment building and broke a gas main, which caused an explosion and blaze. Fortunately everyone escaped unharmed.
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March 29
A man was stealing copper pipe from a vacant building in Moon Township, PA, when he started a gas leak which he ignited when he lit a cigarette. The resulting explosion and fire destroyed 4 townhouses. He suffered only minor injuries.
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March 29
A house in Electra, Texas exploded when a meth lab blew up.
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March 27
An empty house in Clarion, PA blew up when a neighbor turned on the gas hot water heater for the owner who was returning home. A faulty regulator which leaked gas was thought to be the cause of the blast, which destroyed the house.
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March 27
An apartment complex in Columbia, MO was evacuated after a truck backed into a gas line, causing a leak.
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March 26
Four empty train coal cars derailed in Pembroke, NC.
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March 24
A large plume of nitrogen dioxide gas was released from a hazardous waste plant in Vickery, Ohio, causing the evacuation of about 50 people within a few miles of the plant. The plume could be seen about 15 miles away.
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March 24
A road contractor broke a gas line in Providence, RI, causing the evacuation of local residents and 2 schools.
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March 24
A contractor drilling a hole in Austin, Texas hit some lines and caused a power outage, which then caused an underground explosion and expanded the power outage, leaving 6000 people without power.
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March 24
A house in South Bend, IN was destroyed in an explosion and fire when cleaning chemicals stored in the garage apparently ignited.
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March 24
A house in Park City, Utah exploded in an apparent gas explosion. The occupant had awaken to just prior to the blast to the smell of gas.
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March 23
An empty box caused the evacuation of 6000 people from a convention center in Oklahoma City, OK. The box looked suspicious to authorities until it was opened.
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March 22
Two people were killed and another injured in a propane explosion in a house in Jackson Hole, WY. The house was totally destroyed.
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March 22
An arsonist set fire to 4 houses that were destroyed in Irmo, SC. The houses all caught on fire within 15 minutes. Witnesses said that the houses' vinyl siding burned like gas was poured on them. One person was left with only the clothes on his back. A woman was later charged with the fires, and some others also set in the area.
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March 21
A man in High Ridge, MO blew up his trailer when his meth lab exploded.
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March 21
Five rail cars jumped off the track in Greenville, VA. There were no injuries or damage.
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March 21
A minor 3.9 earthquake hit Eureka, MT.
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March 21
Five rail cars jumped off the track in Greenville, VA. There were no injuries or damage.
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March 21
A home in Murray, Utah exploded and was soon engulfed in flames. It appeared to be arson.
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March 21
A train derailment in Longview, Texas occurred when a locomotive sidewsiped another, spilling a minor
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March 21
A 3.7 earthquake hit near Moraga, CA, 19 miles east of San Francisco. It was followed by two smaller quakes of 2.7 and 1.4. The quake caused BART delays while inspectors examined the tracks.
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March 21
A large housing complex in the Bronx, NY, with 55,000 residents, lost power overnight due to sabotage.
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March 20
An elderly woman hit a gas line in her car in Wilkes-Barre, PA, causing the evacuation of hundreds of people from several buildings downtown.
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March 20
A powerful snow storm hit the midwest, dumping 2' of snow in NE and causing 5 deaths.
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March 19
A house in Boston, MA exploded when a hot water boiler built up steam pressure. Nine homes nearby were evacuated. One man was injured and the house sustained structural damage.
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March 18
A home exploded in Aragon, GA when a crystal meth lab blew up.
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March 15
A train derailment in Du Quoin, IL caused the evacuation of about 250 homes in a half-mile radius. The train was hauling sulfuric acid, but none leaked.
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March 15
Two men were killed in a house explosion in Stafford, CT when some stored fireworks exploded. Homes in the neighborhood were shaken by the blast, which leveled the house.
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March 15
Four rail cars derailed in Manassas, VA. No one was injured.
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March 14
The Kaloko reservoir dam in Kilauea, HW broke from heavy rains, killing 7 people. The breach washed out the island's only road on the north shore, which cut off access to thousands of people.
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March 13
A plumber working near a gas line on a house in Middletown, Ohio apparently triggered an explosion which leveled the house. He saved the lives of the 4 occupants by evacuating the premises when he smelled gas. Debris was thrown 500'. The leak was caused by the gas line being placed inside the sewer line.
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March 13
An almost 700,000-acre wildfire in the Texas panhandle was blamed for 7 deaths. Three people died trying to escape the fire, and 4 were killed when smoke decreased visibility on a nearby interstate, causing a fatal pileup. Eventually 11 people would die from the fire and 850,000 acres would be burned.
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March 13
Seven rail cars carrying grain derailed in Campbell Hall, NY, blocking traffic.
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March 13
An explosion at a defense contractor plant in Phoenix, AZ blew the top off of a building, and caused the evacuation of about 20 local residents.
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March 13
A house in Middletown, Ohio blew up from an explosion of unknown origin. A natural gas leak is thought to be the cause. The four occupants escaped just before the blast when one of them smelled gas. An adjacent house also suffered heavy damage.
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March 12
A newly-opened water line broke in Arlington County, VA. Most of the 200,000 residents were without water or had low pressure. The broken pipe blocked traffic for hours.
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March 12
A minor 3.0 earthquake hit in Mentor, Ohio. This was the 4th and largest quake to hit this year in the area.
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March 12
About 250 residents in Vermilion Parish, LA were suddenly evacuated with the clothes on their backs when a gas well exploded. All residents within a mile of the site were evacuated. One resident called it "horrifying."
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March 12
A house in Westlake, Ohio exploded and killed an elderly woman living there. A neighbor smelled gas on the street just before the blast.
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March 11-12
Thousands were left without power, many homes were damaged, and at least ten were left dead after a record-setting number of deadly tornados swept through the midwest.
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March 10
About half of downtown Palo Alto, CA lost power after an underground fire.
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March 10
An explosion in Chicago, IL completely destroyed a two-story building. A utility worker was already there investigating a gas leak when the blast occurred.
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March 9
A small wildfire in Orange County, FL caused the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park when it was almost burned.
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March 9
A Savannah, GA mall was evacuated after a construction crew struck a gas line.
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March 9
Residents in 60 homes in Garland, Texas had to evacuate or stay indoors after a construction crew cut a gas line.
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March 9
A Houston, Texas elementary school was evacuated after gas began leaking.
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March 8
A train derailed in Greenville, CA spilling lumber and closing the track.
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March 8
A strip mall in Provo, Utah was evacuated after a contractor cut a gas line.
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March 7
A trailer exploded in Scottsburg, IN, killing two people, including a 3-year old. A police meth lab team investigated but found no evidence.
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March 6
A freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in Chicago, IL but there were no spills.
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March 6
A house exploded in Port Ewen, NY after a construction crew struck a gas line. The residents, along with 5 adjacent houses had been evacuated. A home next door was also badly damaged. An investigation lagter concluded that the local utility incorrectly marked a gas line.
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March 5
A Lakewood, CA home exploded when fireworks stored inside caught fire. The house was moved off its foundation, and windows were broken 3 blocks away. A fire station crew 1 1/2 miles away felt the blast.
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March 4
A minor 3.2 earthquake hit about 30 miles west-southwest of Salem, OR.
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March 4
There was an explosion at the Mitchell Power Plant in Marshall County, WV. One worker was killed. A 10-15 mile stretch of highway was closed. Three workers were rescued from the 900' structure at night while it was still on fire.
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March 3
A power outage in Idaho Falls, Idaho was caused by "mystery dust" that fell with rain and snow. The white powdery yucky substance caused a short in the electrical insulators and shut down the power system. Utah Power officials said the substance was salt that was blown in from the Great Salt Lake.
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March 3
A fatal fuel truck crash in Bolivar, Ohio led to the closure of I-77 and the evacuation of homes within a half-mile radius.
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March 3
A high-tech manufacturing plant North San Jose, CA was evacuated and closed temporarily when a dozen people were sent to the hospital after being overcome by a strange odor inside. The source was never identified.
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March 2
A gas line rupture from construction work caused the evacuation of a dozen apartment units in Lexington, KY.
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March 1
A wildfire in Boulder, CO forced the evacuation of about 200 homes and threatened a drinking-water facility.
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March 1
A construction worker in Pompano Beach, FL hit a gas line, causing the evacuation of the surrounding area and closure of two busy roads.
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March 1
A 23,000-acre wildfire near Wray, CO caused the evacuation of local residents.
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March 1
A coal train derailed in Muskogee, OK when the track gave away beneath the weight of the train.
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March 1
A 3.0 earthquake hit southern Illinois about 35 miles southeast of Carbondale.
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March 1
Four minor earthquakes struck the San Francisco Bay area, measuring 2.8, 3.4, 2.1 and 2.9 in magnitude.
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February 27
A tractor trailer loaded with motor oil exploded in the port of Brownsville, Texas, killing one man.
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February 27
An explosion at a propane distribution center in Lubbock, Texas caused the evacuation of all houses and businesses within a 3/4 mile radius. Numerous 5-gallon tanks were thrown as far as 2 blocks away. The cause was later ruled accidental.
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February 26
An explosion at a natural gas pumping station southwest of Fort Lupton, CO led to the evacuation of all people and animals within a mile radius.
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February 22
Four rail cars hauling lumber and plastic derailed in Edison, NJ.
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February 18
About 3000 customers lost power for about 24 hrs. from a downed power line northeast of Evansville, WY.
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February 18
An underground gas line ruptured in South Weber, Utah, causing a nearby house to explode. Gas apparently migrated through a sewer line to the house. Two hundred and ten homes had to be evacuated. Fortunately the elderly resident was at her 75th birthday party.
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February 17
A severe windstorm left 328,000 customers without power in upstate NY. Some were without power for 4 days. The storm saw gusts up to 77 mph.
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February 16
Fifteen rail cars carrying hazardous materials derailed in Pansey, AL. The cars were carrying sodium hydroxide and fuel oil. Fortunately, none leaked.
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February 16
A tractor trailer turned over and debris from the wreck caused a train derailment in Corsicana, Texas. Traffic on I-45 had to be diverted around the town.
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February 16
An underground explosion in downtown El Paso, Texas blew manhole covers up and knocked out power for as long as 48 hours.
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February 16
A San Diego, CA family was homeless after a gas explosion destroyed their apartment.
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February 16
A blizzard swept across Utah, CO, WY and NE, dropping about 1' of snow and causing hundreds of traffic accidents. One person was killed.
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February 15
Five explosions occurred in a St. Petersburg neighborhood when a delivery truck carrying petroleum products blew up, scattering debris over a block and half area while children played outside. Miraculously, no one was hurt.
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February 15
A house in Breckenridge, CO was destroyed in an explosion after ice built up on a propane tank regulator, causing a line to break and leak gas.
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February 14
Three rail cars carrying corn were destroyed when they derailed in Bad Axe, MI.
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February 14
A Binghamton, NY woman was charged when a meth lab blew up there and killed her boyfriend.
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February 13
A house in Red Oak, Texas blew up from a space heater. The blast was heard a mile away, and the resulting fire spread to a neighbor's house. Both homes were total losses.
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February 11
A record snowstorm hit the northeast. The storm was ranked a Category 3 by the Nat. Weather Ser. as near-blizzard conditions struck and 50 mph winds hit the coast. Thousands were left without power. NY's Central Park received the 2nd worst snowfall at 22.8". Oddly, lightning was also observed. The damage was so tremendous that the CT governor considered seeking disaster relief.
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February 10
Glenwood Springs, CO had a minor 3.8 earthquake.
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February 10
A house in Collinsville, MO was destroyed in an explosion from a gas leak, sending the occupant to the hospital with severe injuries. The blast shook houses in the neighborhood, where some residents later said they had smelled gas outside several days prior to the blast. The natural gas leak was thought to have been outside, but the blast blew the walls of the house outward, letting the roof fall onto the foundation. The evidence pointed to a leaking gas meter as the cause.
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February 10
A boxcar loaded with lumber derailed in Campbell Hall, NJ, delaying commuter rail traffic.
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February 10
Several manhole covers inexplicably blew off from an electrical explosion in downtown Milwaukee, WI.
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February 9
A security system sounded an alarm that nerve gas had been detected in the Russell Senate Office Building. About 200 people, including at least 9 senators, were quarantined. The alarm later proved to be false.
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February 9
A homemade chemical device was exploded in the lobby of a Murrieta, CA movie theater, causing the evacuation of the building.
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February 9
A woman was killed in Odon, IN when a meth lab in a house exploded. The glow from the fire was seen 2 miles away. Four men were later arrested.
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February 9
About 23,000 customers lost power in San Mateo County, CA. The problem was found to be a high voltage transmission line that inexplicably went down.
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February 8
A gas leak at a Sunrise, FL restaurant prompted the evacuation of local businesses and a daycare facility.
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February 8
A neighborhood in Vandalia, Ohio had to be evacuated after a resident reported a gas leak. Firefighters came and found a leaking hot water heater, then smelled gas outside and were forced to evacuate about 10 homes out into the cold. They were then taken to the Vandalia Recreation Center.
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February 8
A mudslide on US 101 in Lake Crescent, WA cut off direct access to towns at the top of the North Olympic penninsula.
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February 8
A former Grammy-winning musician's house was damaged in a mudslide in Glendale, CA, forcing the family to move into a hotel. The mudslide was caused when an irrigation line broke.
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February 8
A freight train derailed in Chicago's Far South Side, spilling 2200 gallons of diesel fuel.
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February 8
A man in Douglas, AZ was seriously burned when a natural gas wall heater in his house exploded.
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February 8
A shopping mall in Natick, MA was evacuated before it opened after a construction crew broke a gas line. Gas fumes were then sucked into the mall through the HVAC system.
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February 8
In Orange Co. CA, a 7000-acre fire in the Cleveland National Forest started from the remnants of a controlled burn, and caused the evacuation of more than 2000 homes. A smaller fire near Malibu was contained but closed several schools. The fire later grew to 11,000 acres by 2/16.
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February 7
A threat of attack via white powder was telephoned to a broadcast center for at least 7 radio stations in Miramar, FL, causing the evacuation of the facility.
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February 7
Two men were arrested when their San Ramon, CA townhouse exploded when they were making hash oil, a strong product made from marijuana. Its manufacture essentialy involves making a dangerous pipe bomb.
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February 6
A family in Lincoln County, WV has been trapped in their house for over 3 weeks because a mudslide blocked their road, and no one will take responsibility for removing the tons of dirt.
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February 5
A car exploded in Sheridan, CO while a couple was driving it to a Super Bowl party. They had filled up a ballon with acetylene gas and placed it on the back seat, where it rolled around and apparently was ignited by static electricity. Their eardrums were burst as a result of the explosion. They intended to use the ballon in a pyrotechnic display at the party. The sheriff said that after looking at the car, it was a miracle they weren't killed.
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February 5
Amtrak service in Seattle, WA was shut down because of mudslides, wind and floods.
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February 4
Thirty thousand customers lost power in MI from high winds and snow.
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February 4
An historic house in Fenton, MO exploded when an arsonist fed gas into the house from a large propane tank outside and ignited it. Other tanks were also found nearby.
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February 4
A powerful storm struck the Puget Sound region of WA, knocking down trees, killing one man and leaving 30,000 without power. Officials feared that a 3.1 earthquake on 2/2 might have loosened waterlogged soil, increasing mudslide risk.
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February 4
The 2nd train derailment in 2 weeks in Sprague, WA caused a power outage when the rail cars struck a powerline. All rail traffic was blocked between Portland and Seattle, which shut down Amtrak.
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February 4
A 4.6 earthquake struck southwest MT about 35 miles east of Lima. The area has been active since a 5.6 earthquake near Dillon in July.
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February 4
An apartment in Burlington City, NJ exploded when the occupants put out too many bug bombs, which ignited. Three police officers were overcome by the fumes.
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February 3
A Honolulu office building was evacuated when a suspicious odor permeated the building. The cause was never found.
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February 3
An apartment in Hitchcock, Texas exploded after the occupants put out too many bug bombs, which ignited. The blast damaged 8 adjacent apartments, which were condemned.
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February 2
A mudslide in Greenport, NY threatened houses from flooding. A 60' high, 300-yard section of the bank of Claverack Creek slid off and formed a dam, holding back the water which was rising. If the dam were to break, homes and bridges downstream could be destroyed. A local geology professor said the soils were waterlogged from heavy rains in recent months, and that the traditionally wet periods of spring do not bode well for the area. A mudslide in the area in 1915 ago destroyed a cement plant and killed 5 men.
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February 2
A 3.1 earthquake hit Whidbey Island, WA. It was only 18 miles deep.
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February 1
A mudslide on South Fork Road in Alsea, OR has been in place for a month, and will not be removed until mid-to-late February because of the weather. The blocked road has caused a 30-minute delay for commuters.
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February 1
Eight train cars carrying feed and lumber derailed west of La Grande, OR, damaging 400' of track.
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January 31
A train derailed in Longview, WA on a trestle, after a mudslide closed the tracks and it was backing up. Fortunately, it did not fall off the trestle onto the highway below.
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January 31
A plant in Morganton, NC was obliterated in an explosion and fire, injuring 14 people. One worker later died. Nearby buildings, such as a church, were completely destroyed, and the house across the street was moved off its foundation. Homes were damaged and 15 people were hospitalized. The last of the hotspots were not extinguished until 2/3. The Synthron plant makes paint additives and is owned by Paris-based Protex International.
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January 31
A New Baltimore, MD home was destroyed in a natural gas explosion. The owner smelled gas, called 911 and got out just before it blew up.
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January 31
A month of near-record rainfall caused numerous mudslides around Seattle, WA. I-90 was closed on 1/30 because of 2 avalanches after almost 40" of snow fell in 4 days. Traffic on State Route 4 was closed due to a mudslide near Cathlamet and travelers were advised to take a ferry.
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January 30
A mysterious house explosion occurred in Stephen City, VA. The blast was felt miles away, and it is speculated to have been caused by a gas leak. One man was inside and was left in serious condition. There was no history or complaints of gas leaks. The incident damaged 68 homes and left 11 uninhabitable and affected 37 people.
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January 30
A Jessup, MD asphalt plant blew up. The blast was felt miles away. Fortunately no one was injured.
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January 28
An Amtrak train derailed 2 miles west of Sprague, WA. Eighty-six passengers were stranded in Spokane.
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January 27
A man in Metcalf, KY died when his meth lab blew up in his house. Local neighbors were disturbed by the proximity of the accident.
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January 27
Suspects broke into a Utah Power building and damaged equipment to cause a power outage for more than 3500 customers.
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January 26
A 3.8 earthquake hit central Utah. A 4.0 earthquake can cause moderate damage.
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January 26
An explosion inside an El Paso, Texas apparel plant rocked the local neighborhood, shattering windows and shaking homes for blocks around. Nine people were injured.
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January 26
A man's natural gas oven exploded in his Springfield, Ohio home, gutting his house.
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January 26
A train derailed near Beloit, AL. There was some liquid runoff but it was not hazardous.
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January 25
Ten homes were threatened by flooding from the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County, OR after a huge mudslide slid into the river, diverting the flow towards a neighborhood.
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January 25
A 3.7 earthquake struck 20 miles northeast of Morgan Hill, CA.
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January 22
A coal train derailed east of Shattuc, IL, damaging a trestle.
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January 22
A Lumbeton, Texas teenager was killed when an explosion occurred in his room at home.
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January 21
A 15-car coal train derailed in the Moffat Tunnel near Rollinsville, CO, stranding 700 skiers. Internt service to 7500 customers was knocked out for 3 days when a buried fiber optic cable near the track was damaged.
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January 20
Six train cars derailed in Lafayette Parish. There were no injuries.
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January 18
About 500 residents were evacuated in Lincoln, AL when a train with sodium cyanide derailed and caught fire. Officials had to evacuate within a one-mile radius.
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January 16
A train derailed in Shelby, MT, spilling corn.
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January 16
A train derailed in Cuba, AL, disrupting Amtrak traffic.
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January 14
Numerous wildfires in the West have destroyed millions of acres in 2006. Since January 1 in Texas, more than 240,000 acres have burned, destroying property and causing evacuations of homes. In OK, some fire departments actually ran out of money, as the fires cost $1.5 million and rose by $100,000/day. CO had 3 fires in 4 days, with about 130 homes evacuated in Arvada outside Denver. Five homes were destroyed and 100 more evacuated in Aguilar from a fire caused by humans. Several families in Ashley County, AR were evacuated from a 3000-acre wildfire which destroyed 4 homes and other property. There were at least 35 other wildfires also burning in AR.
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January 13
A small 2.3 earthquake was felt in northeast Ohio. It was the 2nd quake in the area this week. A 2.5 quake struck on Jan. 5.
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January 13
A utilities crew struck a gas main in Norcross, GA, causing the evacuation of a nearby apartment complex.
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January 13
A large mudslide in Renton, WA led to the evacuation of 2 families as the region was about to tie the most consecutive days with rainfall at 33 days.
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January 12
A gas line was struck by a water line crew in Monmouth, IL, which caused the evacuation of the entire town. The leak was initially thought to be minor, but somehow expanded. Gas was smelled in many parts of the town.
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January 12
A propane tank exploded in a Cleveland, OH junk yard, which was heard and felt for miles around. Windows were shattered and items dislodged inside houses.
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January 11
About 2 dozen people were evacuated when a train derailed and endangered a powerline near an apartment complex.
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January 11
A 4.9 earthquake struck off the Oregon coast. There was no tsunami generated, and no reports that anyone onshore felt it.
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January 11
A woman was fortunate not have been killed when her garage exploded in West Duluth, MN. Officials suspected the cause was a faulty propane heater.
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January 11
An explosion in a Miami, FL apartment complex led to the evacuation of about 50 people. The blast was later found to have been caused by a propane gas leak. Twenty-five residents were unable to return home.
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January 11
Two workers were killed at a Daytona, FL wastewater treatment plant when their welding equipment ignited vapors in a methanol tank. The blast led to a 2nd explosion. It was later questioned why local residents weren't evacuated. Federal guidelines suggest a half-mile evacuation around a methanol fire.
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January 11
A woman and her son were killed when their house was destroyed in an explosion in Maryville, MO. A 2nd son was hospitalized with serious injuries. Investigators suspect a natural gas leak inside. The residents had reported smelling a gas leak the day before, but had not yet called the utility company for repairs. Local residents felt the blast and thought it was an earthquake. It shook the local school gymnasium, where those inside thought it was a quake tremor.
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January 11
A husband and wife were in critical condition after a propane gas explosion occurred in their home in the Outer Banks of Currituck County, NC.
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January 11
A 6.7 earthquake struck in the ocean off Baja California in Mexico. No tsunami was generated.
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January 10
An explosion at a Glen Rock, PA tape factory led to the order to residents within a 3-mile radius to stay indoors with doors and windows closed for fear of dangerous chemicals being released into the atmosphere. Sections of I-83 were closed temporarily. This was the 2nd explosion to occur at the plant that day.
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January 10
A man was killed when his house exploded in Jefferson Township, PA. The blast lifted the home off its foundation and shook the entire town, being felt more than a mile away. Local residents in the neighborhood were evacuated as a precaution. The heat from the fire was so intense it melted the paint off out buildings on the property. Though a natural gas leak was suspected, the local gas utility could not find a problem with the remaining gas lines.
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January 10
An asphalt tanker truck in Hillsborough, NJ exploded, killing one worker and critically injuring another. The explosion shook the area and caused a huge mushroom cloud.
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January 9
A 3.7 earthquake struck near the Quebec border with northeastern NY. A 2.5 quake hit the same area last year on May 31.
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January 9
A coal train derailed in Omaha, NE. There were no injuries.
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January 9
Seven train cars derailed in Rural Hall, NC. There were no injuries or damages, though traffic was delayed.
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January 8
Hundreds of people were evacuated in southern CO from two wildfires that burned over 5400 acres. At least 5 houses were destroyed.
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January 8
An explosion in a manhole at a prison facility in Airway Heights, WA was thought to have been caused by a gas leak. The blast occurred when an officer turned on the heat. Several nearby buildings were evacuated.
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January 8
A middle eastern grocery story exploded in Milltown, NJ, causing about a dozen residents to be evacuated. There was no fire with the blast. The 3-story building had to be torn down because the explosion caused the building to shift off its foundation.
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January 7
A train derailed just west of downtown Alexandria, IN, causing an evacuation of local residents because officials thought one car was carrying sodium chlorate. The residents returned home after the car was found to be empty.
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January 7
A real estate agent and a family were injured in Sandpoint, ID when the home he was showing them exploded from a propane gas leak. They smelled gas, which ignited when they turned on a light. The family was hoping to rent the house after losing their previous home to fire, and had no health insurance.
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January 5
A commuter train derailed in Quantico, VA, injuring 5 passengers.
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January 4
A mobile home was destroyed in Stony Creek, NY by an explosion caused by a propane leak.
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January 4
A student's house exploded near Athens, GA, after a contractor left a gas line unplugged. Fortunately her injuries were not serious.
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January 4
A 4" gas line began leaking in San Francisco, causing the evacuation of at least one nearby building and the closure of some streets.
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January 2
A gas explosion at a Columbus, Ohio apartment complex left 3 families homeless.
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January 1
A man in eastern Berks County, PA took powder from fireworks bought in SC and poured it into a 5 gallon bucket, then ignited the mixture to create a massive explosion that shook the ground more than 2 miles away. The New Year's Eve celebration blast created a 2' deep, 3' foot wide crater and shattered windows and shook items off shelves in nearby houses.
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January 1
A mandatory evacuation was issued for the southeastern part of Hobbs, NM along with the entire city of Tatum, which were both threatened by 20-mile long wildfire, reportedly 40-50,000 acres. In Texas some towns were nearly destroyed as residents had to be evacuated. An 8000-acre fire threatened Carbon, about 125 miles west of Dallas and destroyed 3 homes. Two neighborhoods were evacuated in Oklahoma City, OK as several houses were burned, and at least a dozen wildfires burned across the state.
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