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'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...

Something In the Air? 14 Dead, 500 Sick in Pakistan

Officials have blamed gas leak, soybean dust

(Newser) - At least 14 people have died and another 500 have fallen ill in Pakistan's largest city and chief commercial hub, where there are reports of a possible gas leak. Officials have offered conflicting reasons for ailments including chest pains, breathing impairments, and burning eyes, which have left many in...

Double Tragedy in Texas: 'One Gasp and That's It'

Parents die in poisonous gas leak, 2 young kids are OK

(Newser) - A mother and father in Texas died one after the other in a poisonous gas leak, which their two young children thankfully survived. Aghorn Energy employee Jacob Dean was first called to check on a pump house in Odessa around 11pm Saturday, says the Ector County Sheriff's Office. Some...

Fatal Gas Explosion Hits North Carolina

Firefighters were evacuating people from Durham building when it exploded

(Newser) - North Carolina firefighters responding to a gas leak were evacuating people from a building Wednesday morning when it exploded, killing one and injuring more than a dozen others, officials said. Durham Fire Chief Robert Zoldos said the blast at 10:07am involved five buildings on the block and catastrophically damaged...

No One Noticed the Gas Leak. Except for the Dog

Sadie the pit bull escapes, gets cops to come back to house

(Newser) - A pit bull roaming around her Westchester County, NY, neighborhood prompted a call to the cops due to her loud barking. But it turns out there was a method to Sadie's madness, per People : The pooch was apparently trying to alert anyone who would listen that something was terribly...

2 Dead, Dozens Injured in Paris Bakery Blast

Officials suspect a gas leak was the cause

(Newser) - French authorities said two firefighters were killed and 47 people injured in a powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday that blasted out windows and overturned cars. Firefighters pulled injured victims from windows and evacuated residents as smoke billowed over Rue de...

Root Cause of Iowa Family's Death in Mexico Identified

Mexican officials say water heater leaked toxic gas

(Newser) - Mexican authorities say a water heater is to blame in the deaths of an Iowa family vacationing in the Quintana Roo resort town of Tulum. An inspection over the weekend found that the water heater at the Sharp family's rented condominium was leaking gas, according to Quintana Roo's...

Mexican Officials: Here's What Killed US Family in Condo

Autopsies find no evidence of foul play

(Newser) - Autopsies show that an Iowa family found dead this week in a Mexico condo were killed by inhaling toxic gases, the Washington Post reports. The four family members—Kevin Sharp, 41, wife Amy Sharp, 38, and their kids Sterling Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Sharp, 7—did not die by "...

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...

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Southeast Braces for Gas-Price Spike

Thanks to major spill that shut down part of Texas-to-NY pipeline

(Newser) - In what's being called a supply "red alert," a part of the Colonial Pipeline that transports gas from Houston to New York—serving about 50 million people in 13 states daily, per CNN and the Wall Street Journal —has been shut down since Sept. 9, when...

Burger King Workers Wreck the Place After Prank Call …Again

There probably isn't gas building up in a Burger King right now

(Newser) - Police say a prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding on Friday, mirroring similar deceptions at fast-food restaurants in other states recently. The AP reports employees at the restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids...

Seattle Gas Blast Levels Businesses

9 firefighters injured

(Newser) - Shop owners on Wednesday inspected walls that were ripped to shreds by an early morning natural gas explosion in Seattle and marveled that the blast had caused no serious injuries. Crews were responding to reports of a gas leak when the explosion occurred about 1:40am along a main thoroughfare...

16 Weeks Later, LA Gas Leak Has Been Plugged

Leak uprooted thousands of residents

(Newser) - A blowout at a natural gas well that gushed uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said. While the well still needs to be permanently sealed with cement and inspected by state regulators, the announcement by Southern California...

Prank Caller Gets Burger King Workers to Trash the Place

Fake gas leak leads to $35,000 in damage

(Newser) - Employees at a California Burger King responded less than ideally to a prank call Saturday night, causing $35,000 in damage to the restaurant, KSBY reports. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune , someone called the Burger King in Morro Bay pretending to be with the fire department. They told...

New Fear in California Gas Leak: Massive Blowout

'If the wellhead fails, the thing is just going to be full blast'

(Newser) - Highly flammable natural gas continues to spew from a well located near the LA neighborhood of Porter Ranch. Now, the Los Angeles Times reports, unsuccessful efforts to plug the leak have created conditions that might lead to an even bigger problem—a blowout that could release far more gas up...

There's an Environmental Disaster Happening in LA

Solution to methane gas leak is still months away

(Newser) - Erin Brockovich is calling it the worst environmental catastrophe since the 2010 BP oil spill: Methane has been leaking from a well in Los Angeles for at least two months and will continue to do so for at least two more. Southern California Gas detected the leak— seen here using...

More Than 130 Families Relocated Due to Gas Leak

It could take officials three more months to stop the leak

(Newser) - More than 130 families have been temporarily relocated from a Los Angeles neighborhood due to a leak at a massive natural gas storage facility that's causing a sickening stench. SoCalGas officials had received 503 inquiries as of Wednesday night from residents seeking relocation, the Los Angeles Daily News reported....

Woman Doing Repairs Blows Up Her House

Laurie Beliveau was in her bedroom for the first blast

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman apparently botched some home repairs yesterday and blew her house to smithereens, WBT reports. Lucky for Laurie Beliveau, 52, she fled her property in Taunton, Mass., minutes before the explosion. "We, my son and I, got her a pair of sandals and a glass of water...

2 Missing After Gas Blast at Wash. Motel 6

Hotel manager sounded the alarm minutes before the explosion

(Newser) - Two people are missing after a terrifying gas explosion at a Motel 6 in Bremerton, Wash., destroyed a quarter of the building and sent a gas company employee to the hospital in critical condition, reports NBC News . KING 5 News reports officials are combing through debris after a gas leak...

Investigation: There's Danger Below Our Feet

Leaks from aging gas pipes kill, injure, or destroy nearly every other day

(Newser) - Old metal gas pipes pose deadly leak dangers across the US—yet we still have tens of thousands of miles of them under our feet, USA Today reports. The threat may seem small, but in fact, blasts from leaks have hurt or killed people or damaged property approximately every two...

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