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Man Killed at Baby Shower After Celebratory Stunt Goes Wrong

Something went awry when a cannon was fired in Gaines, Mich.

(Newser) - A day meant to be filled with joy turned tragic over the weekend in Michigan. As the Detroit Free Press reports, the host of a Saturday baby shower in Gaines brought several people into the backyard to fire a cannon in celebration, a device police say resembled a "signal...

First, a Store Explosion. Then, a Police Car Blast

3 are said to be dead, multiple people wounded in Kabul, Afghanistan

(Newser) - Two separate explosions rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least three people, including members of the minority Sikh community, and wounding four others, Afghan officials said. The first explosion hit a store in the heart of the capital, causing it to collapse and kill at least...

The Antique Seller Thought It Was Inert. It Wasn't

WWII-era MK2 grenade killed a Virginia teen in December

(Newser) - A Virginia teen was killed on Dec. 23 when a decades-old hand grenade exploded. The New York Times reports the World War II-era device was thought to have been purchased in June from the Fancy Flea Antique Mall in Shallotte, NC. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has...

Pittsburgh Rocked by 2 Separate Explosions

Device used in one of the incidents appears to be an IED, police say

(Newser) - Police in Pittsburgh are investigating after explosions in two different parts of the city over the weekend. Per the Tribune-Review and NBC News , police first responded to calls Sunday between 9pm and 9:30pm that reported an improvised explosive device had been chucked from a moving vehicle in the Lawrenceville...

Nashville Blast: 'Whoever Did It Gave Fair Warning'
Nashville Blast:
'Whoever Did It
Gave Fair Warning'
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Nashville Blast: 'Whoever Did It Gave Fair Warning'

Warning were broadcast from RV of an imminent explosion

(Newser) - A strange new twist has developed in regard to the explosion that rocked downtown Nashville on Christmas morning. Police and witnesses say a recreational vehicle broadcast warnings that a bomb was in the vehicle and counted down a 15-minute warning before the explosion, reports the Tennessean . As of Friday afternoon,...

'Felt Like a Bomb': Blast in Nashville Looks Intentional

3 people treated for non-critical injuries

(Newser) - An explosion shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning, shattering windows, damaging buildings, and wounding three people, per the AP . Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional, and the FBI is leading the investigation. Police spokesman Don Aaron said the 6:30am explosion was believed...

2 Rescued From Scaffolding After Explosion

Explosion injures more than 20 in Baltimore office building

(Newser) - Two workers were pulled in through windows after an explosion at a high-rise office building in Baltimore on Wednesday left their scaffolding dangling 10 floors above the street. The explosion sparked a fire and a partial collapse of the building's roof, the Sun reports. The fire department said 21...

It's Been 50 Years Since Highway Workers Blew Up a Whale
They Blew Up a Dead Whale.
It Didn't Go as Expected
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They Blew Up a Dead Whale. It Didn't Go as Expected

'For the blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds'

(Newser) - Oregon is celebrating a special anniversary on Thursday: the 50-year commemoration of when highway workers there blew up a dead whale. Per the Willamette Week , a 45-foot, 8-ton sperm whale washed up on the shores of Florence in late 1970, and on Nov. 12, the state's highway division decided...

Beirut Explosion One of Biggest Non-Nuclear Blasts Ever
Beirut Blast Was
a Mini-Hiroshima

Beirut Blast Was a Mini-Hiroshima

Scientists say August explosion was one of biggest non-nuclear blasts ever

(Newser) - It was obvious to everyone who witnessed it that the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut was a devastating one, killing at least 200 people and injuring thousands. Now, a team from the UK's Sheffield University is detailing just how powerful the blast was, per the BBC : They say it...

'He Plugged in the Coffee Pot ... and the House Blew Up'

Devastating blast kills teen girl in Oklahoma City

(Newser) - Authorities say a propane log lighter is likely responsible for a devastating blast that on Thursday morning leveled an Oklahoma City home and left a young girl dead. Berkley Maguire, 14, was killed when her home exploded; her brother and parents were also injured, KOCO reports. Officials believe a propane...

WWII Bomb Disposal Workers Die in Explosion

Men were mapping unexploded WWII bombs in the Solomon Islands

(Newser) - In a devastating accident Sunday, two men helping to clear World War II bombs from the Solomon Islands were killed in an explosion. The men, one British and one Australian, were employees of Norwegian People's Aid, which was working to dispose of the unexploded ordnances in the capital of...

Gas Line Explodes Near Mosque, Killing 16

Dozens of injuries also reported after blast in Bangladesh

(Newser) - An underground gas pipeline near a mosque exploded during evening prayers outside Bangladesh's capital, leaving 16 Muslim worshipers dead and dozens injured with critical burns, officials say. The blast occurred Friday night as people were finishing their prayers at Baitus Salat Jame Mosque at Narayanganj, per a local police...

Flame Meets Hand Sanitizer, Sending Woman to ICU

Kate Wise of Texas recounts her story

(Newser) - Not only should you not consume hand sanitizer , you should avoid open flames immediately after putting some on your hands—as a Texas woman learned the hard way. Kate Wise of Round Rock is recovering in the ICU after suffering burns to her entire body. She says she was trying...

US Has New Theory on Cause of Lebanon Blast

Review puts blame on maintenance work

(Newser) - A US review has found that maintenance work probably triggered the deadly explosion in Beirut last week. The State Department is in agreement on the cause with Lebanese investigators, the Wall Street Journal reports, though President Trump had blamed "a bomb of some kind" immediately after the blast. US...

Lebanon's Leaders Received Dire Warning 3 Weeks Ago

Report, letter warned Beirut could be leveled if chemicals weren't secured

(Newser) - Security officials warned Lebanon's president and prime minister that the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port could explode, destroying the city, just two weeks before that more or less happened. That's according to Reuters , which got its hands on a state security report...

Deadly Explosion in Baltimore: 'It Knocked Me Across the Bed'

3 row homes leveled in gas explosion that kills one

(Newser) - One woman is dead and three row homes have been destroyed by what's being described as a "major gas explosion" in northwest Baltimore. The Sun reports at least two others suffered serious injury, and another person remains trapped and is communicating with rescuers. The blast occurred minutes before...

Things Are Heating Up in Beirut
Things Are
Heating Up
in Beirut

Things Are Heating Up in Beirut

Protesters hit the streets over an explosion that devastated the city

(Newser) - Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Beirut, and a group of protesters stormed the foreign ministry amid mounting fury over this week's explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people, the AP reports. Dozens were still missing and nearly...

'One-of-a-Kind' Ex-Mayor Killed After Guac Maker Explodes

Blast during test run of 'high-pressure vessel' kills Joseph Kapp, 67, former mayor of Rensselaer, NY

(Newser) - A food processing machine that was being tested for preparing guacamole exploded this week at an upstate New York test site, killing a former mayor and injuring two others, per NBC New York . The blast happened just after 7am Wednesday at Innovative Test Solutions in Schenectady, with Don Mareno, the...

Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut
Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut

Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut

Residents blame 'failed state' for devastating blast

(Newser) - Beirut has been devastated by a massive explosion that killed at least 137 people and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless—and angry residents say the country was broken long before the Tuesday blast. Residents blame corruption and incompetence for the fact that 2,750 tons of highly explosive...

135 Dead in Beirut Blast, Including an American

Another 5K were wounded, 300K left homeless

(Newser) - At least one US citizen was among those killed in the devastating Beirut explosion Tuesday night, and several others were injured. The death toll so far stands at 135, with another 100 still missing and search and rescue efforts continuing, ABC News reports. Another 5,000 were wounded, and as...

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