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  • Study: I-10 ranked one of the most dangerous highways in the nation

    November 13, 2017 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Numbers show that one of the busiest interstates in South Louisiana is also one of the deadliest in the country. According to a study by Teletrac Navman , I-10 is ranked the sixth deadliest highway in the U.S. when it comes to death per mile. Data shows... more »
  • Police declare London Tube train explosion a terrorist attack

    September 15, 2017 5:34 AM

    LONDON (AP) - The Latest on an incident at a subway station in London (all times local): 10:25 a.m. London's Metropolitan Police says a fire on the London subway has been declared a "terrorist incident." The force says counterterrorism officers are leading the investigation... more »
  • Seoul: North Korea fires several projectiles to sea

    August 25, 2017 6:59 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea says North Korea has fired several unidentified projectiles to the sea in what appears to be the latest weapons tests for the country that has been rapidly expanding its nuclear weapons and missile program. Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday that... more »
  • Climatic lab explosion reported at Florida Air Force base

    July 5, 2017 1:53 PM

    PENSACOLA - Officials say there has been an explosion at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. No injuries have been reported, but some areas inside and outside of the base have been evacuated. Eglin officials said on their Twitter account Wednesday that the explosion happened at the... more »
  • NYC tightens security after concert blast in England

    May 23, 2017 2:56 PM

    NEW YORK - New York City police say they have tightened security at high-profile locations "out of an abundance of caution" following the deadly explosion in Manchester, England. New York Police Department spokesman J. Peter Donald said in a statement Tuesday that New Yorkers may see "heavy weapons teams," explosive... more »
  • Man thanks iPhone's 'Siri' for saving his life in explosion

    May 15, 2017 8:07 AM

    WILMOT - A New Hampshire man who was injured in a house explosion is thanking "Siri" for saving his life. Christopher Beaucher says he was checking on his mother's vacant cottage in Wilmot on May 1 when he saw something suspicious and went inside. He tells WMUR-TV when he... more »
  • Two critically injured in explosion inside California motel

    April 16, 2017 10:08 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Fire officials in Northern California say two people were critically injured in an explosion inside a motel room that's being investigated as a crime scene. The Mercury News reports the explosion Sunday at the Casa Linda Motel in San Jose badly damaged one room. San Jose... more »
  • White Helmets say over 100 killed in Syria blast

    April 15, 2017 12:10 PM

    BEIRUT - Syrian rescue workers who operate in opposition areas say at least 100 people were killed in a blast that ripped through a bus depot where evacuees waited to be transferred to government areas. The Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo province, also known as the White Helmets, says its... more »
  • Blast at church in Egypt's Alexandria kills 11

    April 9, 2017 12:35 PM

    CAIRO - Egypt's Health Ministry says an explosion at a church in the coastal city of Alexandria has killed 11 people, and wounded at least 35 others. It appeared to be the second attack targeting Egypt's Coptic Christians, after a bomb in a church in the Nile Delta town of... more »
  • Fourth person dies after St. Louis boiler explosion

    April 6, 2017 12:14 PM

    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis medical examiner says a fourth person has died from injuries suffered when a boiler exploded at a St. Louis business. The medical examiner's office says 53-year-old Clifford Lee died Wednesday at St. Louis University Hospital. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Lee was with... more »
  • Chief: Fatal St. Louis boiler explosion accident

    April 3, 2017 8:43 PM

    ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says he believes a boiler explosion that killed three people and injured four others, two critically, in two different businesses was a commercial accident. Jenkerson says two of the four survivors of the blast shortly before 8 a.m. Monday remain in... more »
  • Officials: 3 dead in reported boiler explosion in St. Louis

    April 3, 2017 10:28 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Federal workplace safety investigators are at the scene of an industrial boiler explosion that killed three people and hospitalized four others. Scott Allen with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says OSHA investigators arrived at Loy-Lange Box Co. not long after the blast... more »
  • 3-year-old killed, two others hurt in Pennsylvania hoverboard fire

    March 11, 2017 5:44 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has died following a Pennsylvania fire that also critically injured two others and appears to have been sparked by a recharging hoverboard. The Lehigh County coroner's office said Ashanti Hughes was pronounced dead at an area hospital just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday.... more »
  • 26 people detained after Turkey car bomb attack

    February 18, 2017 11:20 AM

    ISTANBUL - Turkish officials say 26 people have been detained following a car bomb attack, which killed two people in the southeast of the country. The car bomb exploded Friday near the lodgings of judges and prosecutors in the mainly Kurdish town of Viransehir in Sanliurfa province, bordering Syria. Footage... more »
  • 8 dead, 3 missing after central China coal mine blast

    February 13, 2017 9:24 PM

    BEIJING - Eight people are dead and three missing after an explosion inside a coal mine in central China. The blast occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Zoubao mine in Hunan province. Eighteen people escaped, according to a Tuesday statement from China's national safety regulator, the State Administration... more »
  • Paradis pipeline fire out; missing worker presumed dead

    February 13, 2017 5:45 PM

    PARADIS- A pipeline fire that broke out Thursday night in south Louisiana, injuring two people and killing one, has been extinguished. Phillips 66 said in a Monday morning news release that the fire was out as of 8:30 a.m. Officials in St. Charles Parish said they began receiving calls Thursday... more »
  • Officials: Paradis pipeline fire contained, missing worker presumed dead

    February 11, 2017 10:14 PM

    PARADIS - Officials say the fire at the Phillips 66 Partners Paradis Pipeline Station is contained and continues to burn at a reduced size. Ongoing air monitoring of the area indicates no health impacts to the surrounding community. The evacuation order was lifted Friday morning... more »
  • Evacuation lifted after Paradis pipeline fire; worker remains hospitalized Play Video

    February 9, 2017 8:56 PM

    PARADIS - An evacuation has been lifted in St. Charles Parish following a fire at the Phillips 66 pipeline near the Williams Discovery Plant on Thursday evening. The pipeline has been blocked and the product in the line continues to burn, as water can not be used to extinguish the... more »
  • Three killed in DeRidder mill explosion identified

    February 9, 2017 5:29 PM

    DERIDDER - Authorities have identified the three workers who died in an explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder. The Beauregard Daily news reports that the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office identified those killed as 33-year-old William Rolls, Jr.; 42-year-old Sedrick Stallworth and 41-year-old Jody Gooch. Seven others... more »
  • Three killed in DeRidder mill explosion

    February 8, 2017 1:38 PM

    DERIDDER- Three have been killed in an explosion at Packaging Corporation of America in Beauregard Parish. Seven others were injured as a result. Another person was declared missing following the explosion but was found around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday. Emergency crews were called to Packaging Corporation of America, on... more »
  • Three injured in blast at 'small' oil facility

    January 20, 2017 3:39 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - Three workers sustained injuries after an explosion at an oil storage tank facility Friday. The blast happened at a group of storage tanks on River Road downriver from White Castle but before Donaldsonville. Sources said the incident was in the 33000 block of La. 405. A... more »
  • Baton Rouge chemical plant to experience intermittent flaring

    January 13, 2017 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge chemical plant will experience intermittent flaring over the weekend. A public affairs manager from ExxonMobil says the flares are a result of scheduled maintenance activities over the next couple days. Flares are primarily safety control devices intended to consume excess hydrocarbons during... more »
  • 9 dead, 70 hurt in blast at Mexican fireworks market

    December 20, 2016 7:17 PM

    TULTEPEC - Mexican Federal Police say nine people have died and 70 more have been injured by an explosion that ripped through a fireworks market near the capital. The Federal Police announced what it called a "preliminary" toll from Thursday's blast. President Enrique Pena Nieto has sent his condolences to... more »
  • 7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week

    December 6, 2016 11:00 PM

    BEIJING - A gas explosion in central China has killed seven coal miners and left four more missing in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry. A statement from the local propaganda department said rescuers were still trying to reach people trapped underground after the Monday night blast... more »
  • Coal mine explosion in northern China kills 17, traps dozens

    December 3, 2016 11:20 AM

    BEIJING - Chinese state media say a coal mine explosion in a northern region has trapped 36 people, killing 17 of them. The official Xinhua News Agency says 17 people have been confirmed dead after Saturday's explosion at a coal mine run by the Baoma Mining Co. Ltd. in Inner... more »
  • WWII mystery: Are 'missing' sailors actually in NY cemetery?

    November 20, 2016 4:39 PM

    It's a confounding mystery of World War II: What happened to the 136 missing sailors from the explosion and sinking of the USS Turner? The ship went down while anchored near New York Harbor in 1944, so close to the city that shockwaves from the onboard munitions blasts shattered windows... more »
  • Company: Blast-damaged gasoline line back in service

    November 6, 2016 11:25 AM

    HELENA, Ala. - 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 5:45 a.m. Sunday. The pipeline transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City. It exploded Monday while... more »
  • All of the most unstable compound at Camp Minden destroyed

    November 3, 2016 6:50 PM

    CAMP MINDEN - The Louisiana National Guard says all remnants of the most dangerously unstable compound at Camp Minden have been destroyed. A statement released late Tuesday said the last bits of nitrocellulose were burned that day. The guard also released aerial video of 57 tons of nitrocellulose , also... more »
  • Remnants of Clean Burning Ignitor destroyed at Camp Minden

    November 2, 2016 9:45 PM

    PINEVILLE - All remaining traces of Clean Burning Ignitor at Camp Minded have been destroyed following two large magazine burns conducted earlier in the week. A spokesperson for the Louisiana National guard says Explosive Ordance Disposal personnel from the Army's 797th Ordnance Company and 79th Ordnance Battalion in Forth... more »
  • National Guard: last big burn at Camp Minden went well

    November 1, 2016 9:48 PM

    CAMP MINDEN - The Louisiana National Guard says its final big burn of dangerously unstable nitrocellulose was a success. It says a bunker holding 42.5 tons of nitrocellulose and 20 tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant was ignited at noon Tuesday at Camp Minden. Nitrocellulose is also called "clean-burning igniter."... more »
  • Colonial shuts down gas pipeline after blast

    October 31, 2016 9:18 PM

    HELENA, Ala. - Colonial Pipeline says in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after an explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. The Georgia-based company said in the brief statement Monday evening that its top priorities are the health and safety... more »
  • Last big burn Tuesday at Camp Minden; small burn Wednesday

    October 31, 2016 8:32 PM

    CAMP MINDEN - The Louisiana National Guard says a bunker holding many tons of both potentially explosive artillery propellant and dangerously unstable nitrocellulose will be set afire Tuesday morning, if weather allows. A bunker full of nitrocellulose, also called "clean-burning igniter," exploded Sept. 29. Two of the three remaining bunkers... more »
  • Controlled burn at Camp Minden scheduled Friday

    October 27, 2016 10:07 PM

    MINDEN - The Louisiana National Guard says the smallest of three burns to destroy unstable and potentially explosive material at Camp Minden is scheduled Friday, if weather permits. A news release Thursday says experts from Fort Hood, Texas, plan to set fire to about 820 pounds of clean-burning igniter -... more »
  • Camp Minden igniter disposal waiting on Army explosives team

    October 19, 2016 4:09 PM

    MINDEN - The Louisiana National Guard says they're waiting for an Army team to arrive at Camp Minden to deal with nearly 100 tons of an unstable chemical compound. Col. Ed Bush of the National Guard says an Army explosive ordinance disposal team will come up with a plan on... more »
  • Federal investigators release final report on 2013 plant explosion

    October 19, 2016 12:45 PM

    GIESMAR – A federal agency says mistakes that led to a deadly 2013 explosion at a Louisiana petrochemical plant revealed a poor "safety culture" at the plant. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board's report, issued Wednesday, says safety management at the Williams Olefins Plant in Geismar has improved. However, it also... more »
  • Board to release final report on Geismar plant explosion

    October 16, 2016 12:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is going to be releasing its final report on the 2013 explosion at a plant in Geismar that killed two people. The organization says in a news release that they will be releasing the report Wednesday during a news conference... more »
  • Handling unsafe; robot to set up Camp Minden remote ignition

    October 16, 2016 11:15 AM

    CAMP MINDEN - If the air is calm Monday morning, the Louisiana National Guard will use a robot to open a bunker door at Camp Minden and set up remote ignition of 820 pounds of an unstable, fast-burning chemical compound stored there. It's by far the smallest amount of "clean-burning... more »
  • 3 bunkers of 'clean-burning igniter' to be burned in place

    October 13, 2016 4:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's environmental secretary says military experts report that material which exploded last month at Camp Minden is so unstable that the rest of it should be burned in place this month. Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Brown says three bunkers at Camp Minden hold nearly 100 tons of... more »
  • Explosion at cafe injures 90 at festival in southern Spain

    October 2, 2016 2:17 PM

    MADRID - Authorities say an explosion at a cafe in southern Spain has injured 90 people at a local festival, five of them seriously. The Saturday night explosion occurred at around 7 p.m. in Velez-Malaga, a small town neighboring Malaga, a popular tourist destination in Spain's southern Andalusia region. Authorities... more »
  • Camp Minden explosion happened in storage area

    September 29, 2016 10:06 AM

    PINEVILLE - The National Guard reports that an earth covered bunker at Camp Minden was destroyed after an explosion around 5 a.m. Thursday morning. According to the Louisiana National Guard, hazmat teams determined that "Clean Burning Ignitor" auto-ignited inside the bunker that it was stored in. The Guard... more »
  • ABC Sources: 5 People In Custody In Connection With NY Bombing

    September 18, 2016 11:18 PM

    NEW YORK - Five people were taken into custody Sunday night in connection with Saturday's explosion in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, following a traffic stop conducted by the FBI and NYPD on the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, which connects the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island , sources tell ABC... more »
  • Trump announces explosion before NYC officials

    September 18, 2016 3:10 PM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump may have moved ahead of New York City officials when he declared Saturday evening that a "bomb went off" in the city before officials had released details. Trump made the announcement minutes after stepping off his plane during a rally at an airport hangar in... more »
  • 29 hurt in Manhattan explosion; suspicious package probed

    September 17, 2016 9:31 PM

    NEW YORK - An explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood and injured 29 people, and a suspicious device discovered blocks away from the scene was safely removed. Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled out any terror connections, but called the blast an "intentional act." Early Sunday, police said an investigation into... more »
  • Explosion destroys SpaceX rocket, satellite

    September 1, 2016 11:36 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - SpaceX says a massive explosion has destroyed one of its rockets during a routine test for a weekend launch. A satellite aboard the rocket was also destroyed. SpaceX says there were no injuries. The company was conducting a test firing of its unmanned Falcon rocket when the... more »
  • Belgium media reports explosion at sports stadium

    August 25, 2016 9:36 PM

    BRUSSELS - A Belgian newspaper is reporting that an explosion has rocked a sports center in the Belgian town of Chimay, with reports of at least one person dead and two injured. Het Laatse Niews quoted a rescue services spokesman as saying early Friday that the blast happened just after... more »
  • Death toll rises to 24 in Mexico petrochemical explosion

    April 22, 2016 12:31 AM

    COATZACOALCOS, Mexico - Mexico's state oil company has raised the death toll from an explosion at a petrochemical plant to 24. Petroleos Mexicanos had reported 13 deaths earlier in the day. Pemex says 19 other people injured in Wednesday afternoon's blast remain hospitalized. Thirteen are in serious condition. The explosion... more »
  • UPDATE: 2 LSU students in Brussels on exchange trip, both are "safe"

    March 22, 2016 4:08 AM

    BRUSSELS- Three explosions ripped through the Brussels airport and subway station Tuesday during the morning rush hour. A spokesman for the city's transit system says at least 31 people were killed and another 150 people were injured in the third explosion, which happened at a busy subway station in... more »
  • 30 years since Challenger: New voice at astronauts' memorial

    January 28, 2016 4:46 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL.- Families of the lost Challenger astronauts are gathering at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to mark the space shuttle's 30th anniversary. This time, though, there's a new voice to address the crowd. June Scobee Rodgers - widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee and longtime spokeswoman for the... more »
  • Trial date set for companies, workers charged in Gulf blast

    January 15, 2016 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a January 2017 trial date for the Justice Department's criminal case against several companies and workers involved in a deadly 2012 explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. A court filing Thursday says the jury trial in New... more »
  • Family of 4 killed in northeast Ohio house explosion

    January 12, 2016 4:39 AM

    NORTHFIELD CENTER, OH.- A couple and their two young children have been killed in a house explosion in northeast Ohio. The explosion happened Monday night in Northfield Center Township in Summit County. Emergency responders arrived on the scene and saw flames shooting from the home. Fire Chief Frank Risko says... more »
  • Couple thrown off bed by bomb at horse farm

    December 21, 2015 12:39 PM

    BENTON - A law enforcement official says the owners of a Louisiana horse farm were sent flying from their bed to the floor by a bomb in the crawl space, but they walked away uninjured. Bossier Parish sheriff's spokesman Bill Davis said Monday that deputies have arrested a maintenance worker,... more »
  • Trial set for February over deadly 2012 platform blast

    December 21, 2015 12:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two companies charged with manslaughter in a deadly 2012 rig explosion about 20 miles off Grand Isle are scheduled for trial in February. Trial is set for Feb. 1 in federal court in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo will hear the case against Black... more »
  • Explosive hazard in storm drains prompt neighborhood shelter-in-place

    November 13, 2015 9:31 PM

    LULING - People who live around an elementary school here were urged to shelter-in-place Friday night after an explosive hazard was found in storm drains of their neighborhood. The alert was for people on Courville Drive and the 800 block of Collier Drive. The streets are in the area... more »
  • "It's a horror," French president says of attacks in Paris

    November 13, 2015 4:36 PM

    PARIS - As the sun rose in France Saturday morning, the death toll was around 158 people in shootings and explosions around Paris. The attacks Friday - around 10 p.m. in France - were the deadliest violence there in decades. There were six attacks that involved either shootings or... more »
  • 4th worker died after pipeline explosion

    October 22, 2015 1:37 PM

    HOUMA - The Terrebonne Parish coroner's office says a fourth man has died of injuries from an explosion at the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. facility in Gibson. Three men died immediately Oct. 8, and two were critically injured. Chief investigator Danny Theriot tells The Courier that 56-year-old Michael Hill... more »

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