Explosion News

Propane Explosion Kills Firefighter, Injures 6 Other People

FARMINGTON, Maine — A powerful propane explosion leveled a recently opened nonprofit center after crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring six other people, including fellow firefighters, officials said. The building had …

Bankrupt Philadelphia Refinery Expects $50M Advanced Insurance Payment

Insurers of a fire-damaged Philadelphia refinery have indicated they would make a $50 million initial advance payment in connection with a June blaze that led to the plant’s closure, court documents showed. The infusion of funds would buy cash-strapped Philadelphia …

Enbridge to Keep Kentucky Gas Pipe Shut for at Least a Week After Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said the section of its Texas Eastern pipeline in Kentucky that exploded on Thursday, killing one person, will remain shut through at least Aug. 12. Enbridge said in a notice to customers Monday afternoon it …

Shut Philadelphia Refinery Begins Risky Job of Removing Toxic Chemical

PHILADELPHIA — Workers at the fire-damaged Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery took the first steps this week toward ridding the plant of roughly 30,000 barrels of modified hydrofluoric acid, a dangerous undertaking that has rarely, if ever, been performed under similar …

Enbridge Texas Eastern Gas Pipe Remains Shut After Kentucky Blast

Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc said the section of its Texas Eastern pipe that killed one person when it exploded on Thursday remained shut while the company works with federal and state officials to investigate the incident. The blast near …

Kentucky Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion Spurs Probe

A deadly explosion on an Enbridge Inc. natural gas pipeline killed one woman and burned several structures in central Kentucky, including nearby homes. The U.S. Transportation Department sent a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration investigator to the site and …

Exxon Faces Lawsuit Over Air Pollution from Petrochemical Fire

HOUSTON — Exxon Mobil Corp was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday over pollution from a fire at the company’s Baytown Olefins Plant, according to an attorney for Harris County, Texas, which filed the suit. The fire was being investigated …

NiSource Settles Massachusetts Gas Explosion Lawsuits for $143 Million

Utility operator NiSource Inc on Monday said it will pay $143 million to resolve class action lawsuits brought by residents and businesses that suffered losses caused by a series of gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities last year. NiSource and …

ConEd Starts to Shed Light on Why NYC Got Plunged Into the Dark

It started with a broken cable. Sometime before 6:47 p.m. on Saturday, a 13,000-volt underground power line at New York City’s West 64th Street and West End Avenue burned, according to Consolidated Edison Inc. One spokesman for the utility said …

Searches Find Nobody in Blast-Damaged Nevada Dorm

Thorough searches of a mostly empty University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory that was heavily damaged by an explosion found nobody inside and all students accounted for, officials said Saturday. The cause of the Friday explosion that blew out windows and …