explosions
March 16, 2021

Commercial-grade fireworks being stored at a home in Ontario, California, exploded on Tuesday afternoon, with the massive blast sending smoke into the air that could be seen more than 30 miles away.

Two people were killed in the explosion, Ontario Fire Department Chief Ray Gayk said, and a horse was injured. The pyrotechnics that exploded were "commercial grade," Gayk said, "like you would normally see in the fireworks show." A fire broke out after the blast, destroying two homes on the property, and neighbors were evacuated. Along with local law enforcement, the FBI is investigating the incident.

Jennifer Nalbandian lives near the blast site, and told the Los Angeles Times there were multiple explosions. The first one felt like an earthquake, she said, and as Nalbandian opened her front door, there was a "boom" that "pushed me back, and the window shattered. I got hit with the after-blast." Catherine Garcia

March 7, 2021

At least 20 people were killed and more than 600 injured on Sunday afternoon after several explosions rocked military barracks in Bata, the largest city in Equatorial Guinea.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said the explosions were triggered by "negligent handling of dynamite," and the impact "caused damage in almost all the houses and buildings in Bata." Later, the country's defense ministry released a statement saying a fire broke out in a weapons depot, and that caused ammunition to explode.

The Associated Press reports that roofs were ripped off of some houses near the blast zone, and streets are filled with debris. The government is asking for volunteer health workers to assist with patients at overcrowded hospitals, as well as people to donate blood. Catherine Garcia

December 16, 2018

More than 40 people, including several children, were injured on Sunday evening when an explosion destroyed a restaurant in Sapporo, Japan.

The blast caused a fire to break out in the restaurant, and shattered the windows in a nearby apartment building. Debris also fell on several cars parked on the street.

Police said the cause of the explosion, which took place in the Hiragishi district, is under investigation. One witness told NHK he smelled gas after hearing the explosion. Catherine Garcia

August 14, 2018

A natural gas explosion in Denver's historic Baker neighborhood leveled an apartment building on Tuesday, leaving at least nine injured, one critically.

Fire officials said this was the biggest home explosion Denver has seen in 10 years, 9 News reports. The building was a fourplex, Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley said, and two people were trapped in rubble and had to be rescued by first responders. No one else is believed to be trapped in the debris, but fire officials will go in and search once it's considered safe. An investigation into what triggered the blast is underway. Catherine Garcia

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