Explosion News

Agency: Safeguards Failed in Fire that Killed 5 at Gas Well

OKLAHOMA CITY — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency’s report Wednesday that also …

Three Thought Dead After Silicon Plant Explosion in Illinois

AUKEGAN, Ill.–Three people missing after an overnight explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone plant are believed dead, authorities said Saturday. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steven Lenzi said crews suspended their search for three employees due to concerns about the stability …

SpaceX Confirms Crew Capsule Destroyed in April Test Accident

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Nearly two weeks after a fiery explosion during a ground test of its new crew capsule, SpaceX confirmed on Thursday that the vehicle was destroyed, but neither the company nor NASA, its primary customer, have publicly …

Explosions Threatening Lithium-Ion’s Edge in a Battery Race

Another lithium-ion battery has exploded, this time at an energy-storage complex in the U.S. At least 21 fires had already occurred at battery projects in South Korea, according to BloombergNEF. But this latest one, erupting on Friday at a facility …

Tesla Investigates Video of Parked Model S Exploding in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. said it has sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving …

Houston Chemical Fire Leaves One Dead, 2 Critically Injured

About the photo: A plume of smoke rises in the air following a fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) petrochemical storage site in Deer Park, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday, March 19. An explosion and fire at a chemical plant …

Blast at BP Refinery in Indiana Sparks Fire, Shakes Homes

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

OSHA Finds Unsafe Conditions at Southern Indiana Base

A southern Indiana military base where an explosion and fire injured five workers earlier this year has made safety improvements and continues to work with regulators on other changes, a spokesman said Monday. The Crane Army Ammunition Activity about 70 …

Blast Damages Alaska Homes

An explosion in the Fairbanks neighborhood of Chena Ridge blew out windows and knocked objects off walls in nearby homes. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the blast occurred Saturday afternoon. Alaska State Troopers say the cause of the blast has …

Part of Interstate Reopens After West Virginia Gas Inferno

Contractors worked through the night to remove and replace an 800-foot swath of Interstate 77 that turned from asphalt to cinder in a massive natural gas line explosion that also flattened four homes and damaged five more but caused no …