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As Scavengers Flocked to Wrecked Oil Truck, an Explosion

At least 153 dead in Pakistan after someone lit a cigarette

(Newser) - It was a simple highway accident: A tanker blows a tire, and overturns. But it overturned Sunday in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, carrying 6,600 gallons of oil, and surrounding villagers " carrying domestic pots rushed to the scene to collect oil and they also made phone calls to their relatives living... More »

7 Dead in Explosion at China Kindergarten

Unclear whether it was an attack or an accident

(Newser) - Seven people were killed and 59 injured in an explosion Thursday at the front gate of a kindergarten in eastern China as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day, local officials said. The blast at the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, which struck at 4:... More »

UK Cops Make an Arrest Linked to Concert Attack

Manchester police say the actual attacker was a suicide bomber

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to 22 in what British authorities are calling a "barbaric attack" on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night. On Tuesday, police confirmed the arrest of a 23-year-old man in South Manchester in connection to the attack, reports NBC News . Details about... More »

Blast at Ariana Grande Show Being Treated as Terror Attack

UK police say at least 19 are dead, about 50 injured

(Newser) - Police say an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England has killed at least 19 people and injured about 50, the AP reports. Billboard has confirmed that the American singer herself is OK. Police suspect a suicide bomber set off the blast, which is being treated as a... More »

German Soccer Player Hurt in Bus Explosions

It's unclear who is responsible for the explosions

(Newser) - A German soccer team says defender Marc Bartra was injured when three explosions went off near the team bus and is being treated at a hospital, the AP reports. Borussia Dortmund tweeted the news after its Champions League quarterfinal first leg game against Monaco was called off because of the... More »

Explosion Launches 1.5-Ton Boiler 500 Feet, Killing 3

The van-sized boiler caused casualties in 2 different St. Louis buildings

(Newser) - A bizarre and deadly accident happened in St. Louis on Monday when a 1.5-ton boiler exploded, killing one person—with the force of the blast then propelling the boiler out of the building and through the roof of another, with equally deadly consequences. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the... More »

A Peaceful Snooze on a Plane, Then an Explosion

Woman's headphones caught fire as she flew from Beijing to Melbourne in February

(Newser) - A flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australia, turned terrifying last month when a woman's headphones exploded midflight, burning her hands, face, and hair, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The unidentified woman had dozed off a couple of hours into the Feb. 19 flight while wearing the headphones, and per... More »

Couple's Gender Reveal Lands Them in Trouble With the Law

Their baby boy-announcing boom was a bit bigger than expected

(Newser) - Creative gender reveals are suddenly all the rage with parents-to-be—but it's not often they result in the possibility of jail time. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 26-year-old Jon Sterkel, in order to tell the world that he was going to have a son, used a rifle to shoot... More »

In Wake of Explosion, SpaceX Ready to Ride Again

(Newser) - Just months after an explosion at Cape Canaveral took out one of SpaceX's Falcon rockets—along with Facebook's Internet.org satellite—as both underwent routine launch preparations, SpaceX says it's now ready to launch again on Sunday, reports the Wall Street Journal . The greenlight follows what Elon... More »

Ala. Gas Pipeline Reopens After Explosion

Service to New York City restarted early Sunday

(Newser) - The company that owns a gasoline pipeline that exploded in Alabama last week says the pipeline is back in service. Colonial Pipeline Co. says service was restarted at 5:45am Sunday, reports the AP . The pipeline transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City. It exploded Monday while... More »

No Miracles: 33 Trapped Miners Found Dead in China

All bodies have been recovered

(Newser) - All 33 coal miners trapped underground by a gas explosion in China have been found dead, reports the AP . Two of their fellow miners made it to safety in the aftermath of Monday's blast, but rescuers working around the clock found no others alive. All bodies have been recovered,... More »

1 Dead, 6 Hurt in Alabama Pipeline Blast

Blast happened near site of September leak

(Newser) - An explosion along the Colonial Pipeline in rural Alabama killed one worker and injured six others Monday not far from where the line burst and leaked thousands of gallons of gasoline in September, authorities say. The blast, which sent flames and thick black smoke soaring over the forest, happened near... More »

Neighbors Smell Gas, Then Explosion Destroys 2 NJ Homes

Not clear whether anyone was injured in blast

(Newser) - Two New Jersey houses have been destroyed in an explosion that occurred after neighbors reported the smell of gas and firefighters arrived to investigate, the AP reports. It's not yet clear if anyone was injured in the Tuesday morning blast in Paterson. Councilman Andre Sayegh says residents had notified... More »

Samsung Has a New Exploding Product: CPSC

Top-loading washing machine could be a problem, per consumer safety group

(Newser) - Samsung isn't having a great year. First there was a worldwide recall for millions of its new smartphones after some caught fire; then the company was accused of messing up that recall . Now a warning has been issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission about some of its top-loading... More »

Teen Tries to Mask Cigarette Smoke, Causes Explosion

Too much air freshener created a dangerous gas mix

(Newser) - A German teenager has suffered serious injuries after accidentally creating an explosion in the family car with air freshener, the AP reports. Police in the western city of Duisburg say the 17-year-old boy had been trying Wednesday to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke in a recently purchased... More »

After 'Intentional' NYC Blast, 2nd Device Recovered

Pressure cooker with wiring removed just blocks away

(Newser) - An explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood and injured 29 people, and a suspicious device discovered blocks away was safely removed early Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled out any terror connections but called the blast an "intentional act." De Blasio tried to calm any fears among nervous... More »

Explosion Rattles Manhattan, With 25 Injuries

It appeared to originate in a trash bin in the Chelsea neighborhood

(Newser) - An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City Saturday night, with reports of multiple minor injuries. The New York Post reports that the explosion took place about 8:30pm in a dumpster outside a Manhattan building that provides services for the blind. (A witness told CNN that it... More »

21 Die in Factory Explosion, Fire

At least 50 injured in Bangladesh disaster

(Newser) - A boiler exploded and triggered a fire at a packaging factory near Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, killing at least 21 people and injuring dozens, officials say. Several bodies were recovered from the five-story Tampaco Foils Ltd. factory in the Tongi industrial area outside Dhaka, fire official Mohammed Rafiquzzaman tells... More »

SpaceX Explosion Could Be Big Blow for Facebook

Destroyed satellite was part of Facebook's Internet.org initiative

(Newser) - A blast that sounded like thunder, then the sounds of more explosions: SpaceX's launch site was rocked by an explosion Thursday shortly after 9am. The company says in a statement that in preparation for Thursday's engine firing—a test carried out a few days before every launch—"... More »

Truck Was Headed to Takata Factory. Then, an Explosion

Rescuers searched for victim for 2 days, found teeth and bones in debris

(Newser) - More trouble for Takata : A truck carrying Takata airbag parts and explosives crashed in Texas last week, exploding and killing a woman and injuring four others. Authorities say the truck left a highway in Quemado before dawn on Aug. 22, caught fire outside Lucila Robles' home, then violently exploded after... More »

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