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One dead, one seriously injured after explosion at Florida weapons plant 17 September 2018

One person died and another was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries after an explosion at a non-lethal weapons manufacturing plant near Tallahassee, Florida. The explosion occurred on the morning of September 14 at the AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems plant in Perry, Taylor County....

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Trump Administration unveils new proposals to loosen rules on methane leaks 14 September 2018

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed to significantly weaken standards that limit methane emissions from oil and gas industry sources. The original standards, finalised by the Obama-era EPA in 2016, were designed to reduce methane leaks by as much as 510,000 tons by 2025....

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One killed, dozens injured and hundreds evacuated after string of explosions and fires in north Massachusetts 14 September 2018

At least one person has been killed and at least 25 injured after a series of gas explosions in towns north of Boston on the evening of September 13. Officials said many explosions and up to 80 fires broke out in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, thought to have been caused by the overpressurisation of a gas main belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts....

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Pennsylvania gas pipeline explosion could have been caused by landslide 13 September 2018

Torrential rain and saturated ground likely caused an Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline in Western Pennsylvania to slip and explode on September 10, the company said, but the exact cause remained unclear pending an investigation. There were no injuries in the massive explosion, which took place in Center Township, 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh....

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US railcar cleaning company and two owners charged over fatal incident in 2015 03 September 2018

In a report dated August 23, the US Department of Justice announced a slew of charges against Nebraska Railcar Cleaning Services and its two owners following an explosion in 2015 that killed two workers. The charges include conspiracy, violating worker safety standards, violating federal law that governs hazardous waste management and submitting false documents to a federal agency....

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Ten workers injured In Chicago water plant explosion 31 August 2018

Two workers were trapped in rubble and eight others injured after an apparent methane explosion caused the roof of a building to collapse at a south Chicago water treatment facility on August 30. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago said the explosion happened in the plant’s sludge concentration building. ...

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E-cigarette explosion injures US shopper 31 August 2018

On August 28 a California man suffered burns after his e-cigarette exploded and caught fire in his trouser pocket whilst in a TV store. The customer, 24-year-old Mohamad Zayid Abdihdy, later said he was measuring the television he was buying when he felt a shock in pocket before the explosion. He told a reporter the e-cigarette blew up in his pocket....

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Industrial gas leaks sicken 250 in central Chile 28 August 2018

Some 250 people have been affected by industrial gas leaks in the towns of Quintero and Puchuncaví, 100 km northwest of the Chilean capital, Santiago, and local authorities confirmed that 19 have been hospitalised. On August 23, the Interior Ministry’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) declared a ‘Yellow Alert’ in the two towns and has increased monitoring activities to discover the source of the leaks....

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Two injured in blast at Iowa grain elevator 22 August 2018

Two workers were injured in an explosion and fire on the afternoon of August 21 at the Landus Cooperative grain elevator in Rake, Iowa, local news organisations reported. The company said in a statement following the incident that the structure sustained damage from the blast and fire and the site has halted deliveries of grain. ...

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Five injured in explosion at Ohio iron casting facility 22 August 2018

Five people were injured on August 21 in an explosion and fire at the Liberty Casting Company in Delaware, Ohio, local officials said. The blast occurred In the foundry area of the factory and the fire department will handle the investigation into the cause of the incident....

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