Tag: Explosions (Accidental)

An Illegal Gas Line Killed 2 People. Should the Landlord Go to Prison?

The explosion in March 2015 shattered an East Village block, engulfing two buildings in flames that quickly spread. Smoke billowed above the skyline. Video footage at the scene captured a man, his face bloodied, as he collapsed onto the sidewalk. After the fire was over, the devastation was clear: Two young men, a busboy at […]

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Conviction of Don Blankenship, Ex-Coal Baron, Should Be Overturned, Judge Recommends

A federal magistrate judge in West Virginia on Monday recommended overturning the conviction of Donald L. Blankenship, a former coal executive who served one year in prison after a deadly 2010 explosion at his company’s mine, saying prosecutors withheld evidence that could have led to his acquittal. Mr. Blankenship was convicted in 2015 of conspiring […]

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In Russia, Days of Fake News and Real Radiation After Deadly Explosion

MOSCOW — In online posts and calls to local officials, Russians on Monday expressed anger that the explosion of a small nuclear reactor at a military test site last week has gone unacknowledged for days by their government. “Even if it is not as dangerous as it seems, we deserve to know,” said Danil Kotsyubinsky, […]

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Russia Confirms Radioactive Materials Were Involved in Deadly Blast

A mystery explosion at a Russian weapons testing range involved radioactive materials, the authorities admitted on Saturday, as the blast’s admitted death toll rose and signs of a creeping radiation emergency, or at the least fear of one, grew harder to mask. In a statement released at 1 a.m. Saturday, Russia’s nuclear energy company, Rosatom, […]

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Philadelphia Wakes Up to Huge Fire After Oil Refinery Explosion

An orange fireball filled the sky in Philadelphia early Friday after an explosion at an oil refinery in the southwest part of the city. From Pennsylvania to New Jersey, there were reports of homes shaking, as people awoke to a smoke-filled sky and orders to shelter in place. No significant injuries were reported, according to […]

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