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Explosion at Pike’s Soda Shop Injures 1 Employee

A gas leak is the suspected source of an explosion at Pike’s Soda Shop in Charlotte, NC that left one employee hospitalized with severe burns. The explosion and fire occurred during business hours at the restaurant, located on Camden Avenue,…

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After Fatal Explosion, 63 Gas Leaks Found at Medina Apartment Complex

Sixty-three gas leaks have been discovered at a Medina, OH apartment complex where an explosion on February 9 killed two people and injured a third. Jacob Harley Drake, an 18-year-old man who was confined to a wheelchair, died in a fire…

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Grain Dust Explosions Decrease But Fatalities Increase in 2016

In 2016, the number of grain dust explosions hit a 10-year low, but fatalities were reported for the first time since 2013, according to a new report from the Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Five grain dust explosions last…

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Man Dies in White County, GA House Explosion

A propane leak was the source of a February 3 house explosion in White County, GA that killed one man. Edgar Brummett, a Vietnam veteran who recently celebrated his 71st birthday, died when he went to check on a problem with…

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Municipal Employee Dies in Factoryville, PA Explosion

Steve Swift, a maintenance manager for Factoryville, PA, died in a January 30 explosion that occurred while he was working. Swift, who was 43, was operating a New Holland skid steer during a controlled burn of a rubbish pile when…

Heavy Snow on Propane Tanks Poses Danger

With winter upon us, homeowners and businesses with propane tanks should take care removing heavy snow, which can pose a fire and explosion risk, according to safety officials.  The warning comes too late for the owners of a vacation rental…

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Trailer Explosion Kills Baton Rouge Man

A Baton Rouge Man has died from injuries he sustained when his trailer exploded after he lit a cigarette. The explosion took place in the 2200 block of Park Circle around 2 a.m. on Sunday. Jason McNemar, 44, had been living…

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Explosion at McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Injures 6

An explosion at McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing in Dodge Center, MN on January 11, 2017 injured six people. Two people with severe burns were airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, which has a nationally recognized burn center. Two additional…

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West Yellowstone Gas Explosion Injures 4

Four people in West Yellowstone, MT were injured in gas explosion at a mobile home on Tuesday morning.  A father and his three children, ages 2-13, were inside their home when it exploded shortly after 11:30 a.m. All of them…

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Propane Leak Suspected in Winnebago House Explosion

A propane leak is the suspected source of a house explosion in Winnebago, NE on Monday that severely injured one man.  Tony Pycha, 87, was taken to Mercy Medical Center and later airlifted to be treated at the burn unit…

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Waco Man Dies from Propane Tank Explosion Injuries

A 79-year-old Waco man has died from injuries he suffered when an outdoor propane heater exploded on Monday. Joe Aleman was hospitalized at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with severe burns on 40 percent of his body. Falls County Precinct 3…

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Kansas Oil Rig Explosion Injures 5

Five people were injured, two of them critically, in an oil rig explosion in Kansas on Monday. All of them were hospitalized. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said Tuesday that it has launched an…