Disaster List for 2007

Remember the Boy Scout motto:

"Be Prepared"

You never know when disaster will strike near you



Due to the increasing proliferation of incidences nationwide, we will no longer continue this list. A wise man will peruse these pages and prepare for the survival of himself and his family. The President reviews an average of 32 threats against the U.S. every day. We highly recommend Dr. Paul William's book "The Day of Islam" for a well-documented report of the threat of nuclear attack by terrorists against the United States. Regarding this threat, General Eugene E. Habiger, former executive chief of U.S. strategic weapons, said, Its not a matter of if; its a matter of when.

June 19
A wildfire in Gates Co., NC burned 2-300 acres and forced the evacuation of 30 homes.
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June 19
A wildfire in New castle, CO increased to 800 acres, causing the evacuation of 110 residents.
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June 18
A construction crew in Redmond, OR hit a gas line, causing the evacuation of all residents within a 400-mile radius.
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June 18
Portions of the White House were evacuated after bomb-sniffing dogs detected some sort of threat from a minivan outside.
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June 18
A construction crew hit a gas line in Monterey Park, CA, causing the evacuation of a dozen homes.
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June 18
A chlorine leak in a Cleveland, Ohio water treatment plant caused the evacuation of 100 employees.
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June 17
A train derailed in Neola, Iowa, spilling grain.
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June 16
Thirty people were evacuated at a dairy plant in El Paso, Texas from an ammonia leak.
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June 16
A train derailed in New Orleans. Fortunately no hazardous materials were involved.
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June 15
Twenty houses were evacuated in Albert Lea, MN after a construction crew hit a gas line.
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June 15
A post office in Washington, DC next to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum was evacuated after someone left an unattended package on the counter that smelled. It contained two cans of spinach and a dirty diaper.
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June 14
A 3.9 earthquake hit Maupin, OR, but there was no damage.
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June 13
A gas well in Caddo, LA blew, causing the evacuation of 30 families that had to spend at least 2 nights away from home.
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June 12
A construction crew hit a gas line in Saginaw, MI, causing a 25' jet of gas to spew upwards and causing the evacuation of everything in a 1000' radius, including 2 hotels.
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June 12 A 4.6 earthquake hit Mammoth Lakes, CA. It was preceded by a 3.6 quake. There were no reports of damage.
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June 12
A gas leak in a condominium complex in Sugar House, Utah caused the evacuation of residents.
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June 12
Part of a medical center had to be evacuated in Annapolis, MD after a contractor hit a gas line.
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June 11
A 6" gas line Salt Lake City, Utah was hit from road construction, causing the evacuation of a local mall.
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June 11 A corroded gas line led to the evacuation of an entire city block in Del Rio, Texas from the leak. The line was 60 years old.
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June 11
A flood in Dewey, OK led to the evacuation of more than 2 dozen people. Power was lost as transformeres were flooded.
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June 9
A propane tank behind a house in Swanton, MD exploded. Fortunately no one was hurt.
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June 8
An ammonia explosion occurred at a Nestle plant in Mount Sterling, KY. Several workers were injured and the plant was evacuated but the ammonia dissipated.
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June 8
An explosion from a propane leak lifted a house off its foundation in Shandaken, NY. Fortunately a fire did not result.
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June 7
A train carrying coal derailed in Vadnais Heights, MN.
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June 7
A warehouse in Milwaukie, OR exploded from an unknown cause. Ammonia leaked into the atmosphere caused the evacuation of the local area.
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June 6
A train derailed in Tower City, ND, spilling hundreds of tons of coal.
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June 6
A man and his baby were killed when his apartment exploded in Melbourne, FL.
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June 5
A man committed suicide in Independence, MO by blowing up his house with natural gas, causing the evacuation of a 2-block radius.
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June 5
An underground gas line exploded in New Milford, NJ, flipping a passing car and injuring 4 people.
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June 4
Two empty 33,000-gallon train tanks derailed in Martinez, CA.
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June 4
A train derailed in downtown Tulsa, OK. No hazardous materials were involved.
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June 2
Four Muslims were arrested for planning to blow up a40-mile gas pipeline and jet fuel storage tankers at JFK airport in New York.
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June 2
A train carrying coal derailed in Smithfield, NC.
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June 2
A house in Leicester, NC blew up when gas leaked and collected in a basement and ignited.
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June 2
A woman in Wauwatosa, WI was killed when her home exploded from a gas leak. Reports suggest that gas had been previously smelled in the home.
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May 31
A train derailed in Wood Co., Ohio, spilling flammable chemicals. Fortunately they did not ignite while people were asleep. This was the second derailment in northwest Ohio in a week.
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May 30
A house in Springfield, MA blew up from a gas leak, leaving 6 people homeless.
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May 30
A train derailed in Bakersfield, CA. One car leaked liquid fertilizer. Two others carried liquid petroleum but did not leak.
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May 29
A train derailed in Castleberry, AL, spilling molten phenol and acetone and causing 200 residents to be evacuated in a mile radius. Those near the crash site could not return for 2 days. Two crash workers were burned by the chemicals.
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May 29
A house and church in Templeton, PA blew up when a gas line at a construction site began leaking.
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May 29 A house in Cleburne, TX exploded from a gas leak, killing one woman and injuring other family members. Gas from an Atmos Energy line leaked into the sewer system and then into the house where it ignited when a cigarette was lit. The woman's husband sued the utility.
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May 27
Five tanker rail cars derailed in Dewar, Iowa. No hazardous materials were spilled.
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May 26
A worker was killed in a gas explosion in Granbury, TX.
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May 25
A train carrying coal derailed in North Toledo, Ohio. The ensuing debris could leave a road closed for days.
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May 24
A train derailed in Essex, NY, including 2 tanker cars carrying methyene chloride and methyl bromide. Two houses nearby were evacuated, however, the cars did not rupture.
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May 23
A train derailed in Denver, CO, spilling asphalt and beer.
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May 21
A house in Clinton Township, MI blew up from a gas leak. Three people were burned and sent to the hospital.
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May 19
A train carrying scrap iron derailed in McKees Rocks, PA.
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May 18
A clubhouse on Kiawah Island, SC blew up after construction workers lit a newly-installed stove.
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May 17
An explosion occurred in a natural gas line in a street in Boston, MA. Workers had an accident while working on an 8" line. The local area was evacuated.
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May 17
A transformer in Houston, TX blew up, causing 17,000 customers to lose power, knocking out traffic lights and causing chaos.
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May 16
A train derailed in Carrolton Township, MI after a propane cylinder fell onto the tracks and was struck. There was no explosion.
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May 16
A house in Antioch, TN blew up from a gas leak. The leak was apparently outside the house and the gas drifted inside. The inhabitants smelled the gas and escaped with minor injuries.
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May 13
A house in Horry County, SC blew up and killed the couple inside. They were visiting and preparing the home for renting.
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May 13
A 3.0 earthquake hit in the San Fernando Valley of CA.
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May 12
Various train tracks in the Iron Mountain, MI area were sabotaged in the past week with devices intended to cause a train derailment. Fortunately they were all discovered by train employees. The FBI is investigating the incidents.
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May 12
Two trains collided near Kearney, NE.
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May 11
A leaking gas line in Hollywood, CA caused the evacuation of an apartment building. Flames were seen at the street.
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May 11
An ammonia leak in LaOtto, IN caused the evacuation of a 4 sq. mi. area. The leak occurred when a hose become disconnected on a tanker/trailer.
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May 11
A train derailed in Roseburg, OR, temporarily blocking traffic. Witnesses said the track buckled, causing the accident.
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May 10
A wildfire on Catalina Island, CA caused the evacuation of the resort town of Avalon.
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May 10
A fire in northeastern MN threatened cabins and homes in the Gunflint Lake area, causing the evacuation of local residences. The fire has burned more than 45 buildings over more than 34 sq. mi.
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May 9
Several houses were evacuated in North Brunswick, NJ after a landscaper struck a gas line.
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May 9
An ammonia leak at a wholesale grocery store in Hatfield, MA caused the evacuation of the facility and about a dozen homes nearby.
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May 9
Construction crews in Trumbull, CT hit a gas line, causing the evacuation of a local mall.
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May 9
A 4.5 earthquake hit offshore 50 miles southwest of Eureka, CA. There were no reported damages or injuries.
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May 8
About 300 homes in Sanderson, FL were evacuated from 2 wildfires burning on the GA/FL border, which totalled 130,000 acres. FL had 210 fires burning 43,500 acres. State officials said the fires were almost beyond their capability to fight without outside help.
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May 8
An area in Seagrove, FL was evacuated from a wildfire. This was the second such evacuation in 2 days.
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May 8
A 4.6 earthquake hit 9 miles northeast of Sheridan, WY. The quake was felt in ID, WA and MT. The area has one of the worst histories of earthquakes, having a 7.3 temblor near Yellowstone in 1959. Some buildings in Helena, MT were damaged and one family was evacuated from their apartment in Sheridan.
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May 7
Parts of Greensburg, KS were evacuated after workers accidentally broke a valve on a 30,000-gallon leaking ammonia railroad tanker car.
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May 7
An ammonia leak at a South Holland, IN meat packing facility prompted the evacuation of the plant along with nearby businesses and homes.
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May 5
A tornado hit Yankton, SD, destroying many houses and leaving residents without power. Tornados were scattered throughout the area.
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May 5
Three rail cars derailed Greenwood, SC. One of the cars carried sodium hydrosulfide, but was not leaking.
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May 4
An EF-5 tornado, which was 1.7 miles wide and travelled 22 miles, wiped out 95% of Greensburg, KS, killing 11 people. There were several other tornados in the area as well. The government's response to the disaster was slow, demonstrating once again the importance of disaster preparedness on the part of citizens.
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May 3
A defective valve at a Minneola, FL water treatment plant caused a chlorine leak which prompted the evacuation of about 40 homes.
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May 3
Mysterious fumes at a high school in Kahuka, Oahu, Hawaii prompted the evacuation after students became ill.
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May 3
A minor train derailment in Albany, NY closed the local roadway.
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May 3
A propane gas leak at a bearing plant in Gaffney, SC sent 23 people to the hospital as the plant was evacuated.
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May 2
A train carrying paper products and drinks derailed in Stillwater, NY.
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May 2
A train carrying NASA space shuttle parts derailed near Pennington, AL when a bridge trestle collapsed, injuring 6 people. The train was carrying jet fuel which was not leaking. The trestle had just been repaired and the construction workers were watching as the trestle collapsed from the train's weight.
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May 2
A construction crew struck a gas line in Ashwaubenon, WI, causing the evacuation of local businesses as gas blew into buildings nearby.
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May 1
Buildings in Lansing, MI had to be evacuated after construction crews struck a gas main.
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May 1
A wildfire on Chilhowee Mtn. in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park caused the evacuation of residents in the area.
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May 1
A landscape worker spilled gas outside a courthouse building's air vent in Troy, NY, then tried to cover it up with lemon-scented cleaner. Four workers inside had to be taken to the hospital from the resulting fumes spread inside.
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April 30
A contractor in Bonduel, WI hit a gas line, causing the evacuation of local homes.
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April 30 - May 2
A light earthquake swarm hit the Yellowstone area. Sixteen quakes up to 2.7 in magnitude hit. These are common and up to 70 such swarms have hit between 1983-2006.
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April 30
A Tyson Foods plant in Houston, Texas was evacuated from an ammonia leak.
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April 29
About 300 people in a 4-block area of Hopkinsville, KY were evacuated after a car wreck ruptured a gas line.
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April 29
A natural gas pipeline in Pawnee, IL exploded when the 24" line failed and ignited, sending a huge fireball several hundred feet into the air.
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April 28
An apartment complex in Santa Ana, CA was evacuated after a block in the plumbing caused a 6,000 gallon spill of raw sewage.
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April 27
Lightning struck the Wynnewood Oil Refinery in Garvin County, OK, hitting a tank with 25,000 barrels of light oil which exploded. The refinery was evacuated and local roads were closed for 12 hours.
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April 26
A train derailed in Buckland, MA, threatening a school and the Deerfield River. It had been carrying hazardous materials which had been unloaded. It was caused by a piece of broken track.
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April 25
A coal train derailed in Douglas, MT, spilling 20 cars of coal.
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April 25
A house in Omro, WI was destroyed in an apparent natural gas explosion which seriously injured the couple inside. The couple smelled gas before the explosion.
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April 25
Seven people died in a tornado in Maverick County, Texas. At least three were killed across the border in the storm.
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April 25
A utility crew hit its own gas line in Wareham, MA, causing the evacuation of local homes and businesses.
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April 24
A train carrying anhydrous ammonia derailed in Baltimore. Fortunately the tanker did not leak.
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April 24
A 4.5 earthquake hit north of Santa Rosa, CA. There were no injuries or damage.
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April 24
A house in Watonga, OK was destroyed in an apparent gas explosion which killed a woman inside. Debris was thrown several blocks away.
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April 23
A house exploded in South Salt Lake, Utah, setting 2 adjacent houses on fire. A firefighter with 39 years of experience said that this was rare, and that he had seen only 5 or 6 in his career. He said the house was blown apart instantly.
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April 23
A gas explosion occurred at the Fort Worth power plant in Texas, sending flames more than 100' in the air.
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April 23
An ammonia leak in Seward, IL caused the evacuation of its almost 300 residents and 2 adjacent towns were put on voluntary evacuation. The accident happened when ammonia was being transferred into a tanker truck and the hose burst.
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April 21
A train derailed in Edgerton, MN which was the 2nd in just more than 2 months in almost exactly the same location. The cars ended up in residents' yards but fortunately had no hazardous materials.
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April 19
A house in Canby, OR was destroyed in an explosion when a contractor apparently struck a gas line. Fortunately the residents were evacuated in time after the worker smelled gas.
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April 19
A contractor hit a gas line in a Bellevue, KS apartment complex causing a gas leak and subsequent explosion and fire. Twelve units were rendered unlivable.
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April 18
A marijuana lab exploded in a house in Miami, FL, destroying the structure.
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April 17
A train carrying corn derailed in Windsor, CO. It occurred within a few hundred feet of a March 6 derailment and was the 7th in less than a year.
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April 16
A man was killed when his house was destroyed in a natural gas explosion in Waco, Texas. His 3 grandchildren were injured in the accident.
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April 14
A gas leak inside a Centennial, CO home destroyed the dwelling and killed a man inside. The two houses next-door were damaged as well.
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April 14
A 2-year old boy in Middle River, MD suffered critical burns after playing on elementary school playground equipment which had all been coated with industrial-strength drain cleaner with sulfuric acid. Someone broke into the school, stole the harsh chemicals and spread them across the playground equipment.
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April 13
A 2-year old girl in Leander, Texas received minor burns after playing on playground equipment coated with cleaning liquid with muriatic acid. The chemical was spread all over the park equipment.
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April 12
About 130,000 customers lost power in southern CA from high winds.
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April 11
A father and his 8-month old were killed in an apartment explosion caused by a natural gas leak in Melbourne, FL. The blast was heard 8 miles away. Forty people were given temporary housing. Two other buildings were also damaged.
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April 8
A boil water advisory was issued for south Warren County, MS after E. coli was detected in the water.
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April 7
A 4.2 earthquake hit just west of Ferndale, CA. No injuries or damage was reported.
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April 7
A 1000-acre wildfire burned in Franklin County, FL, causing the closure of US 98 and the evacuation of almost 300 prisoners.
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April 7
A house in Corry, PA was destroyed in an explosion caused by a natural gas leak. A wall fell on a man inside, who was airlifted to a burn unit.
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April 6
Over 68,000 customers were without power in northern New England 2 days after a snowstorm dropped 16" of snow. Initially 170,000 lost power. This was the worst such storm since 1998.
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April 6
A woman was killed when her house exploded in Van Zandt, Texas.
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April 6
A house in Arroyo Grande, CA blew up in an apparent propane gas explosion.
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April 5
A plant in Mosel, WI was evacuated after a power outage caused a natural gas leak.
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April 5
Arsenic levels in drinking water were found to be in excess of EPA maximum levels in San Benito, Texas. The water utility had to supply bottled water to 4 schools.
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April 5
A 4.1 earthquake hit southwest of Eureka, CA, but there were no injuries or damages.
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April 5
A train derailed in Orr, MN which contained gasoline and other hazardous materials, but none was leaked. The city had a train speed limit which the railroad was trying to have declared unconstituional.
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April 5
An explosion from natural gas destroyed a house in Portland, Maine. The owner was fortunately outside shoveling snow.
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April 4
A mudslide in Chelsea, MA threatened several homes and causing more than 50 people to be evacuated.
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April 4
A train derailed in St. Albans, WV when it struck a boulder on the tracks and spilled diesel fuel into the Coal River, causing the shutdown of a water treatment plant to avoid contamination.
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April 4
A Catholic high school in Lebanon, PA had to be evacuated after many students experienced respiratory distress from an unknown odor. Witnesses thought it originated in the girls bathroom. School was cancelled for the next day.
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April 3
About half of Put-In-Bay, Ohio had to be evacuated after a propane tank began leaking.
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April 3
Twenty train cars derailed in North Shore, CA. There were no hazardous materials leaks.
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April 3 A train derailed in Mecca, CA spilling blue cheese dressing into the Salton Sea.
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April 2
A tank in Farmington, NM released a cloud of liquid oxygen when a valve froze open, causing the evacuation of all people in the surrounding area for fear of explosion. It took more than 2 hours to disperse the cloud with water.
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April 2
A natural gas leak caused the indefinite evacuation of 6 businesses and 4 apartment buildings in Brookline, MA. Residents had smelled a "horrible" odor of gas for 2 weeks in the area.
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April 2
A gas line was struck by a utility contractor in Natick, MA, forcing the evacuation of 12 homes in the area.
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March 31
Five hundred people were evacuated in Hesperia, CA after a wildfire quickly accelerated and grew to 1400 acres.
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March 30
A line of storms and tornados left 100,000 customers without power in north and central Texas.
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March 29
A house in Tulare, CA was severely damaged in a natural gas explosion.
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March 29
A garage was blown up in Bend, MD when a man tried to light a single burner propane campstove.
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March 28
A mudslide in Little Falls, NY obstructed Route 5.
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March 28
A mudslide in Streator, IL closed 2 businesses.
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March 28
A mudslide in Portland, OR closed Hwy. 26.
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March 27
A freak storm in southern CA left more than 144,000 customers without power. Strong winds, hail and snow were reported.
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March 28 A 3.7 earthquake hit near Dillon, MT with no effects. It was an aftershock of the July 2005 quake.
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March 27
An entire shopping mall had to be evacuated in Peterborough, NH after an 18,000 gallon propane tank began leaking. The tank had just been filled that morning.
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March 27
Construction workers on an electrical line struck a gas line with a backhoe in Miami, FL, causing the evacuation of more than 1300 students.
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March 27
Three people were taken to the hospital as 3 floors of an office building in Harborside, FL were evacuated from a freon leak.
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March 27
A community near Frostproof, FL had a voluntary evacuation from an 800-acre fire.
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March 26
A gas line was ruptured by a construction crew at Notre Dame, requiring the evacuation of 1 building.
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March 26
A train derailed in Glendora, MS causing an evacuation of local residents.
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March 25
A house in Barberton, Ohio was destroyed in a natural gas explosion from a leak within the house.
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March 25
A house in Barberton, Ohio was destroyed in an explosion.
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March 25
A commuter train derailed between Hoboken and Penn Station, stranding passengers in a tunnel for 2 hrs.
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March 24
A mudslide in Grays Harbor County, WA blocked both vehicle and Amtrak traffic on Route 109.
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March 24
Two cars of a train derailed in Jackson County, WI.
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March 24
A house in Columbus, Ohio exploded and caught 2 adjacent houses on fire.
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March 23
A house in Elkhart, IN blew up when a meth lab exploded. Children played next door just feet away. A man inside was severely burned.
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March 22
A construction crew struck a gas line Modesto, CA, causing the evacuation of a mobile home park. Nearby powerlines had to be shut down to avoid ignition, leaving thousands without power.
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March 22
A mudslide in Brooke County, WV blocked Route 2. It was the 2nd in less than a month, the previous 4 people inside a car and sending them to the hospital.
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March 22
Two trains derailed in South Miami-Dade, FL. The 2nd derailed while the 1st was being cleaned up. No chemicals were spilled.
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March 21
A house in Hallowel, KS was destroyed in an explosion and fire. Two people inside escaped safely.
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March 21
A train derailed in Perry County, MS. There were no chemical onboard. This was the 2nd in the area in the area within weeks.
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March 20
A plant caught on fire in Plainfield, Iowa, causing authorities to close US 218 and evacuate the surrounding area fearing toxic fumes.
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March 19
A school in Homestead, PA had to be evacuated because of a gas leak inside the school.
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March 18
Fifty-eight buildings were evacuated in Brooklyn, NY for high CO levels, which sent 2 people to the hospital after being found on their apartment floor unconscious. Seven people were treated for exposure. Officials think wires were burning underground and emitted the gas through manholes. Power was also shut off temporarily.
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March 17
A railcar leaking ammonia gas caused the closing of HWY 81 and the evacuation of more than 100 people in Lake City, MN.
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March 17
A train derailed in Santa Clara County, CA, injuring 7 people, including 3 children.
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March 16
Five rail cars carrying phosphoric acid derailed in Alsip, IL. Nearby businesses and schools were evacuated as a precaution, though no chemicals were spilled.
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March 16
An apartment in High Ridge, MO blew up when a woman turned on her stove and a gas leak was ignited. She had reported gas smells to her landlord the week before.
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March 16
A trailer in Newcastle, NE was destroyed in a flash explosion by propane. The owner inside miraculously survived. The tank had just recently been refilled.
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March 16
A house in Boulder, CO was destroyed in an explosion when a propane tank blew up.
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March 15
Some residents in Conklin, NY were evacuated after ice in the adjacent river developed a dam, which officials feared would break and flood houses.
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March 15
A pedestrian smelled gas in downtown Manchester, NH which prompted officials to close several streets and evacuate buildings. The levels reached explosive concentrations and could have produced a major catastrophe which could have obliterated blocks of the city with the mere strike of a match.
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March 14
A construction crew hit a natural gas line in Reno, NV, causing the evacuation of an entire block of downtown Reno, and the closing of all roads within 2 blocks.
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March 14
Raymond Echavarria went to the workplace of his ex-girlfriend and dragged her into the elevator and set her afire. She was the mother of his 2 children, one of whom was nearby. The explosion was heard throughout the 3-story building.
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March 13
A tractor trailer leaked liquid oxygen Elkhart, IN causing the evacuation of more than 70 people in 2 nearby hotels.
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March 13
A natural gas explosion occurred in Pinal County, AZ after a construction vehicle hit a gas line. About a dozen homes were evacuated.
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March 13
A 30,000 gallon tank holding anhydrous ammonia in Clinton, MN developed a leak. Officials were ready to evacuate the entire town, but fortunately they were able to shut the leaky valve.
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March 13
A tractor trailer hauling chlorine turned over in Medley, FL and spilled 2000 gallons, causing the evacuation of the local area.
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March 13
A house in Flint, MI blew up after gas was smelled by the residents.
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March 12
A wildfire in Orange County, CA forced about 1200 people to evacuate as it burned over 2000 acres.
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March 12
Twenty-eight rail cars derailed in Oneida, NY. Two propane tanks, a gas and toulene tanks caught fire. Initially all houses and businesses within a one-mile radius were evacuated.
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March 12
A 3.6 earthquake hit in the Cleveland, Ohio area. No major damage was noted.
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March 12
A gas pipeline ruptured and exploded in Weatherford, Texas, cutting power to 30,000 people.
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March 12
A gas line ruptured in Fergus Falls, MN, necessitating the evacuation of adjacent residences.
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March 11
An entire apartment complex was evacuated in Putnam County, FL to allow authorities to dismantle a meth lab.
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March 10
A house in Caseville Township, MI blew up from a gas leak.
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March 10
Four houses were destroyed in York, PA from a natural gas leak.
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March 8
A warehouse in Houston, Texas blew up and killed one man.
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March 8
A house in Mitchell, SD blew up from a natural gas leak.
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March 5
A house exploded in Dayton, Texas from a natural gas leak.
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March 3
An apartment in West Springfield, MA blew up from a natural gas leak.
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March 2
A house in Linn County, Iowa blew up after the occupants evacuated after smelling gas.
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February 28
A house in Spry, PA blew up from a natural gas leak. The cause was when a gas line cracked.
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February 28
A house in Steuben County, NY blew up from a gas leak. The gas apparently drifted inside from some leaks on the lines leading to the house.
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February 26
A man in Wichita Falls, Texas miraculously walked away when his house was destroyed in a natural gas explosion.
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February 24
A gasoline leak in Nelsonville, Ohio blew up and damaged 5 houses and caused 60 people to be evacuated.
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February 24
A minor 3.4 earthquake hit San Francisco. There were no damages or injuries. It was followed by a 1.9 and 2.2 earthquake.
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February 24
A sudden snowstorm hit the midwest, causing a 35-car pileup on I-70 near Denver. More than 100 miles of I-80 was closed in western Nebraska.
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February 23
President Bush declared a state of emergency in A massive snowstorm left parts of NY with 7-12' of snow.
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February 23
Employees in Vandalia, Ohio had to be evacuated after utility workers struck a gas line.
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February 23
A house in Clovis, CA was destroyed by an explosion, killing the couple and their dog inside.
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February 23
A train carrying coal, lumber and butter derailed in Fulton, WI. The cars landed within 15' of dwellings.
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February 22
A gas leak from a rupture in a line in Lake Manawa, Iowa prompted the evacuation of local residents from 10 homes.
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February 22
A fire destroyed 27 homes and damaged 11 in a North Raleigh subdivision. It was one of the biggest in Raleigh history.
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February 21
A minor 3.0 earthquake hit near Los Gatos, CA.
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February 21
An electrical contractor was killed in Waterbury, CT when an underground transformer exploded.
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February 21 A transit train in Bergen County, NJ derailed with 100 on board. No one was hurt, but commuting trains were delayed.
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February 21
A man was killed in Corcoran, MN when his house exploded. His wife and child were staying elsewhere because of a "furnace smell" and were saved by their action. The blast shook houses a mile away.
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February 21
A manhole exploded in Washington, DC, knocking out traffic signals and backing traffic up for miles.
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February 21
Two trains collided in Goshen, IN, spilling diesel fuel. One of the trains was not switched onto another track.
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February 20
A grain bin in Warrick County, IN exploded when a conveyer belt seized and sparked, igniting the grain dust inside.
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February 17
Two houses were destroyed by an explosion and fire in Bethlehem, PA after a water leak created a sinkhole and pressure on a gas line, causing it to leak. The gas migrated to a basement and ignited.
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February 17
A house in Bethlehem, PA exploded from a gas leak. It is the 3rd such explosion in the area in 3 months. Two houses were destroyed and a 3rd was damaged, which left 9 people homeless.
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February 17
A man drove a bulldozer into a gas pipeline in Katy, Texas and fled the scene. The gas exploded 3 hours later. The heat was so great the fire department could not get within 1/4 mile of the fire. Some people voluntarily evacuated and some were told to shelter-in-place for 1 1/2 hours. The blast shook houses in the area.
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February 16
A house blew up in Manistee County, MI. A couple barely escaped with their lives. The blast was heard several miles away.
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February 16
A refinery in Sunray, Texas exploded and injured 19 people.
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February 14
A huge snow and ice storm hit the midwest and northeast. Almost 300,000 homes were without power. Twelve people died in the storm. President Bush declared a state of emergency in 3 counties, which had 7-12' of snow.
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February 14
A house in Louisville, KY exploded from natural gas, severely burning a man inside. There wasn't a brick left in the structure.
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February 14
A gas explosion destroyed a Louisville, KY house, lifting it up off the foundation.
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February 14
An explosion destroyed a Tracy, CA apartment building. Residents had complained of a gas smell for weeks. Fortunately no one was killed.
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February 12
A 3.0 earthquake hit Midwest City, OK, which is unusual for the area. It was preceded by 4 small quakes the day before, and followed by a 2.7 and 1.7 quake.
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February 12
A chlorine leak at a chemical plant in Tacoma, WA caused the evacuation of the area as 12 people were taken to the hospital for treatment.
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February 12
Six buildings at Notre Dame had to be evacuated after a backhoe hit a gas line.
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February 11
A mall in Spokane had to be evacuated after shoppers suffered irritations to their respiratory systems from some type of chemical. Forty people had to be taken to the hospital. Dr. Lionel Von Frederick Rawlins, a terrorism expert, worried that this might have been an act of terrorism. Incidents of this nature have been occurring nationwide, and could be terrorist probing our defense systems and reactions. When ready they could substitute a more dangerous chemical. The Spokane Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the incident.
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February 11
A 4.5 earthquake hit off the OR coast, the 4th off their coast in the past few weeks.
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February 11
A train carrying grain derailed in Meckling, SD.
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February 9
A child care center in Orange County, FL had to be evacuated after acetone seeped into the building from an adjacent business.
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February 9
A woman was injured in Lakewood, CO when her house exploded from a natural gas leak. She said later that she had smelled gas the last 2 days. She heard 2 small explosions, fled the house and a 3rd lifted the house off the foundation.
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February 8
A 3.1 earthquake hit near Beaver, UT.
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February 7
A house in Eaton Township, Ohio was destroyed by an apparent gas leak and fire. The family was away on vacation. The house was lifted off its foundation.
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February 7
A chemical plant in Kansas City, MO was destroyed in an explosion and fire, with a 100-ft. fireball. There was a mandatory evacuation for 5 blocks around, and a voluntary evacuation for one square mile, which remained in effect until the next day. A serious danger were three 30,000 gallon railroad cars carrying flammable materials that sat nearby. If they caught on fire they could become burning rockets, propelled up to a mile. There was another explosion the next day, and the mile evacuation order remained in effect.
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February 7
A 3.1 earthquake hit near Rapid City, SD.
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February 6
Police were investigating a tip of a dead body in a house in Cordova, SC when it exploded. A dead woman was later found inside, and her male roommate was arrested. Police suspect it was a meth lab.
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February 6
Two people were killed in Saratoga Springs, Utah when their house exploded from a gas leak. A contractor broke a nearby gas line, and the utility was called to fix it. A utility employee and the home owner entered the house, which blew up a half-hour later. The blast was felt a half-mile away.
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February 6
Eighteen train cars, 10 of which were carrying chemicals, derailed in Handley, WV. The entire town was evacuated. The cars were in a precarious position and could have been ruptured while removing them. State Road 61 was closed all day.
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February 6
Some pipe bombs were found on the CA aqueduct which brings water from northern CA to southern. If the aquaduct was destroyed there would be a severe water shortage in Los Angeles and southern CA for weeks.
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February 6
An Occidental Petroleum plant near Taft, CA exploded from a natural gas leak, severely burning an employee.
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February 5
A man in San Jose, CA was driving a stake into the ground and punctured a gas line 6' deep. While he successfully evacuated his family, the subsequent explosion destroyed his house.
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February 5
The town of Lewiston, MO was evacuated for an indefinite period of time when a 15,000 gallong propane tank began leaking.
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February 2
A series of deadly tornados went through FL, killing 20 people and damaging 1500 homes. The worst was estimated to be an FE3 at 150-160 mph. Forty thousand people lost power.
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February 1
A train carrying coal in Horry County, SC derailed.
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January 31
A 2.9 earthquake hit along the New Madrid fault in western KY.
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January 30
A construction worker struck a gas line in Riverside, CA, causing the evacuation of the adjacent courthouse.
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January 30
A construction crew hit a gas line and caused the evacuation of a school in Hilltop, AL.
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January 30
A house in Wayne, IN blew up when a family member accidentally struck a gas meter, causing a gas leak which exploded.
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January 30
A leaking propane tank at a convenience store in Ghent, WV exploded, killing five people. The accident was later found to be caused by a faulty valve. The propane was being transferred to a new tank and a screw cap was removed. A spring-loaded actuator was supposed to stop gas from leaking but failed.
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January 29
A construction worker hit a gas line in southern San Luis Obispo County, CA, causing the evacuation of local homes.
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January 29
An Enron gas line in Chambers County, Texas exploded after 2 workers accidentally knocked a valve off. Thirty families were evacuated.
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January 26
A school of 1450 students in Spring Hill, FL had to be evacuated after an ammonia-like smell was noticed. Thirty-six students were taken to the hospital complaining of nausea or respiratory problems. The source was never found.
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January 26
A construction crew in Wilmington, NC hit a natural gas line, causing a brief evacuation of the local area.
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January 25
A house in Missouri City, MO exploded from an apparent gas leak. No one was injured, but six nearby homes were evacuated.
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January 23
A gas line in a rural area of Elmore County, AL exploded, leaving a crater 4' deep and 50 yards long.
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January 22
A contractor hit a natural gas line in Medina, Ohio which led to an explosion and fire. Twenty-one hundred homes and businesses were without power. A hospital nearby had to go on backup power.
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January 21
A work crew damaged a gas line in Milwaukee, WI, causing the evacuation of 60 homes.
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January 21
Construction workers hit a gas line behind the Lamar County jail in MS, causing the evacuation of over 100 prisoners.
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January 20
A fire in Elizabeth, NJ destroyed an entire city block, leaving more than 50 people homeless.
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January 20
A gas leak forced the evacuation of 35 homes in Pomona, CA.
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January 17
A train derailed near Gore, OK and collapsed a bridge trestle and spilled coal.
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January 16
A FL State University student, Itai Polatnick, was storing chemicals in his Miami condo when an explosion occurred, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. He had been previously arrested in 2003 for allegedly making a bomb and was charged with illegally disposing of hazardous waste.
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January 16
A train derailed in East Rochester, NY spilling about a dozen cars onto the street below. No one was hurt.
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January 16
A house in Cassopolis, IN exploded and burned from a possible gas leak. A couple barely escaped with their lives.
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January 16
A freight train carrying propane derailed in Maspeth, NY. None was spilled.
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January 16
A train hauling 30,000 gallons of propane derailed in Queens, NY, causing the evacuation of about 150 residents.
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January 16
A train derailed and exploded in Brooks, KY. All residences within a mile radius were evacuated as more than 20 miles of I-65 were closed. The explosion was caused by cyclohexane carried in the cars. The cause was later determined to be a broken bolt in a car's wheel assembly.
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January 15
A mall in Iowa City, Iowa was evacuated after natural gas was smelled, but no leak was ever found.
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January 13
An apparent gas leak exploded and set 2 houses on fire in Salem, OR.
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January 12
Sixty-one homes in Denver, CO were evacuated after a gas line began leaking.
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January 12-17
A massive ice storm struck from Maine to Texas, leaving almost half a million homes were without power for weeks. Twenty-three people died in OK. Fifty-five people died in 9 states. After two days 330,000 people were still without power in MO. Two weeks after the storm 3500 homes and businesses were still without power in OK.
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January 11
A leaking gas line caused a house explosion in Austin, Texas.
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January 11
A construction crew hit a gas line at Leeward Community College in Honolulu, HI, causing the evacuation of the college.
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January 11
A gas line in Highlands Ranch, CO ruptured, causing 61 homes to be evacuated.
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January 10
A construction crew hit a gas line at Duke University in NC, causing the evacuation 0f 900 people.
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January 10
A construction incident caused the rupture of a gas line in New Hanover County, NC, causing the evacuation of local residents.
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January 9
A construction crew hit a gas line in Fresno, CA causing the evacuation of 600 people in local buildings.
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January 8
A minor explosion in downtown Blue Springs, MO led to the evacuation of local residents. The blast was caused by a natural gas leak and vapors built up.
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January 8
A train carrying chlorine derailed near Athens, LA. Fortunately none was leaked.
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January 8 A mysterious gas smell permeated New York City. Officials were unable to determine the source. A smell was also reported from NJ. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/08/nyregion/08cnd-odor.html?ex=1170738000&en=d761372da46db108&ei=5070

January 7
A train derailed north of Columbus, Ohio.
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January 7
A subway derailed near downtown Washington, D.C. and injured 20 people, including one seriously.
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January 6
A couple apparently bound by a suicide pact blew up their SUV in Salt Lake City, UT. They were wanted on drug and felony charges. The blast shook the hotel section of the city.
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January 5
A train carrying corn derailed near Waukesha, WI.
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January 5
A train derailed between Horicon and Janesville, WI, spilling corn.
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January 3
Someone set off a stinkbomb inside the Social Security Administration building in Gulfport, MS, causing the evacuation of the premises.
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January 2
A mudslide caused a train to derail in Lower Merion Township, PA. Sixteen hundred gallons of diesel fuel was spilled.
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January 1
An emergency room in Lakewood, CA was evacuated after the staff complained of smelling an odor, burning throats and itching eyes. No source was ever found.
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