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Woman Killed After Gender Reveal Party Goes Wrong

Police say Iowa woman was hit by flying debris

(Newser) - An Iowa woman is dead after a gender reveal party went very wrong. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says they received a 911 call around 4pm Saturday stating that somebody had been badly injured in an explosion at a home in Knoxville, around 40 miles southeast of Des Moines,... More »

Big Blasts Rock New Orleans

Down come 2 cranes from the Hard Rock Hotel construction collapse

(Newser) - Officials set off thundering explosions that toppled two cranes Sunday that had loomed precariously for days over a partially collapsed hotel in New Orleans, saying their controlled demolition went "exactly" as planned and efforts now would focus on retrieving two bodies still inside the ruined building, the AP reports.... More »

Day After UN Warning, a Deadly Mosque Bombing

Dozens killed in mosque explosion in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province

(Newser) - An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered to offer Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing at least 60 worshippers, provincial officials said, per the AP and New York Times . Dozens of others were said to be injured. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for... More »

Keys Melted to His Burned Body, He Thought Only of Her

Don Osteen credited with saving granddaughter in house explosion

(Newser) - Don Osteen's granddaughter was the apple of his eye. It's no surprise, then, that family members say the Oklahoma veteran's last act was meant to save her. The 69-year-old Purple Heart recipient was having lunch with 3-year-old Paetyn when an explosion leveled his Seminole County home on... More »

Teen's Beauty Product Explodes, Blows Hole in Car Roof

Mom warns about keeping cans of dry shampoo, and other aerosol cans, away from heat

(Newser) - Dry shampoo can be handy on the go, but that doesn't mean it should be stored in your car. A Missouri teen learned that the hard way after an aerosol can of dry shampoo exploded in her car's center console, smashed through the sunroof, and landed 50 feet... More »

YouTube Star: I'll Pay Family of Girl Who Died

Ms. Yeah calls it 'the darkest day of my life'

(Newser) - A YouTube star says she'll pay the families of two girls who engaged in a deadly experiment involving fire and alcohol, the BBC reports. The Chinese influencer, known as Ms. Yeah, apparently inspired them to replicate one of her videos, in which she heats up popcorn in a tin... More »

The Building Was Only 2 Weeks Old. Now It's 'All Over Creation'

One firefighter is dead, at least 6 injured after Maine propane explosion

(Newser) - A propane explosion in Maine leveled new construction that houses a nonprofit after crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring at least six other people, officials say. The building in Farmington, about 85 miles north of Portland, had been evacuated after the... More »

Cops: Man Blows Himself Up on Daughter's Wedding Day

Unidentified Pennsylvania resident is found amid the rubble

(Newser) - A man in suburban Pittsburgh apparently blew up his house—with him inside it—while his daughter was getting married, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Neighbors describe seeing the man, who remains unidentified, outside his Edgewood home shortly before it exploded Saturday afternoon. Authorities say they later found him amid the... More »

Shopping Center 'Probably Totaled' by Explosion

A Maryland shopping center suffers crippling blast

(Newser) - At around 7am, a fire alarm rang at a Maryland shopping center. An hour later, half the building blew up. Luckily a lot happened in between, with firefighters identifying a gas leak and evacuating the Columbia building and surrounding area, CNN reports. The blast could be heard for miles, but... More »

Russia Has a Message for Nuclear Monitors

Russian officials are keeping mum after a recent mystery blast

(Newser) - To international monitors, Russia has one word: nyet. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization is seeking information on monitoring sites that went offline in the days after a mysterious explosion recently rocked the nation's far north, Reuters reports; some suspect their status could mean Russia meddled with the stations.... More »

Dozens Killed, 70 Injured in Fuel Tanker Blast

Blast occurred in Morogoro, Tanzania, while people were siphoning fuel from damaged truck

(Newser) - A damaged tanker truck exploded in eastern Tanzania Saturday as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it, killing at least 57, police say. A regional police commissioner tells local media that many other people suffered burns in the explosion in the town of Morogoro. The BBC reports as... More »

Lightning Lit Up the Skies. Then Her Toilet Blew Up

Marylou Ward's toilet exploded after lightning hit septic tank

(Newser) - Some people stay out of the shower during a lightning storm; Marylou Ward may be staying off the toilet during one from here on in. That's because, per FOX 13 , the Port Charlotte, Fla., resident is still cleaning up the wreckage in her bathroom and on other parts of... More »

Night Turned Into Morning. Then, 'Like an Atomic Bomb Went Off'

One dead, 5 injured, 7 missing after pipeline explosion near Junction City, Ky.

(Newser) - A regional gas pipeline ruptured early Thursday in Kentucky, causing a massive explosion that killed one person, hospitalized five others, destroyed railroad tracks, and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park, authorities said. Some structures were completely consumed by the blaze, and five to seven people were unaccounted... More »

1 Dead, 15 Hurt in Calif. Home Explosion

Natural gas blast destroyed Murrieta home

(Newser) - A natural gas explosion destroyed a southern California home, killed a gas company worker and injured more than a dozen other people Monday, authorities say. The explosion in Murrieta, in Riverside County, shortly after noon sent up a wall of fire and smoke and rocked nearby homes before the gas... More »

20 Injured When Pizza Place Explodes

2 are seriously hurt in Florida blast

(Newser) - Twenty people were injured after a vacant pizza restaurant exploded in a South Florida shopping plaza Saturday, according to police. The blast sent debris flying along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, the AP reports. The restaurant was destroyed, and nearby businesses were damaged.... More »

8 Injured After 2 Blasts Rock College Dorm

Dormitory partially collapses after pair of explosions at University of Nevada, Reno

(Newser) - Classes were canceled Friday at the Reno campus of the University of Nevada after a pair of back-to-back blasts injured eight and left a dorm partially collapsed. Fox News reports that authorities are eyeing a mechanical failure inside Argenta Hall as a possible cause of the explosions, with some of... More »

On Saturday, This Was a House

Indiana blast kills 1, leaves 2 injured

(Newser) - An explosion leveled a home in southern Indiana early Sunday, killing one person, injuring two others, and leaving several nearby homes uninhabitable, authorities say. Hours after the explosion shattered windows across a Jeffersonville neighborhood and sent debris flying onto roofs, lawns, and cars, officials hadn't said what they believe... More »

2 Dead After Blast at Popular Gas Station

4 injured after explosion at 'pillar of the little community' in Virginia

(Newser) - Authorities say an explosion at a Virginia gas station has left two people dead and four people injured, the AP reports. Rockbridge County Fire and EMS Chief Nathan Ramsey said the remains of two people were found in the rubble of the South River Market several miles north of Buena... More »

A Quiet Friday Night, Then a 'Catastrophic' Blast

4 injured, others unaccounted for after explosion at silicone factory in Waukegan, Illinois

(Newser) - At least four people were sent to the hospital after what police are calling a "catastrophic" explosion at a factory in Waukegan, Ill. CNN reports the blast at AB Specialty Silicones, which authorities say happened around 9:30pm local time, also left others unaccounted for. Waukegan's fire marshal,... More »

This Tesla Is About to Explode. The Carmaker Is Investigating

Tesla sends team to Shanghai to look into video showing car allegedly exploding in parking lot

(Newser) - Teslas catching fire have made recent headlines , but one supposed incident has now been caught on video, and the automaker is investigating. Reuters reports the company has sent a team to China to check out an explosion that allegedly took place in a Shanghai parking garage, an incident seen in... More »

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