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ATF: Government Shutdown Could Hamper Investigation Into Explosion on Dodds Lane
Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, PA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) reported that the investigation into the multimillion-dollar destruction of a Gladwyne, PA mansion may be impeded by the partial shutdown of the Federal Government.

“There are plans to have items sent to the lab in Maryland for some testing but probably not until March or April depending on what happens with the government shutdown,” stated Special Agent Charlene Hennessy, PIO for the Philadelphia Field Division of ATF.

Authorities close to the investigation have reported that the plan is to reconstruct the mansion in a mock-up as it was before the gas explosion leveled it turning the multi-million dollar stately home into dumpsters full of shredded debris.

According to authorities, ATF is looking to discover “the how” and “the why” of the explosion.  

"I confirmed with the case agent the materials were immediately sent to the lab," added Hennessy, "but due to the lab's schedule, the government shutdown and additional testing that needed to be completed prior to the engineers recreating the scene, the March/April timeframe is when the evidence is slated for analysis. "
us_PA  public  follow-up  environmental  explosives 
4 days ago by dchas
UPDATE: Explosion at Holston Ammunition Plant
UPDATE: A building that caught fire early Thursday morning is being allowed to burn to the ground and caused an afternoon explosion felt as far away as Abingdon. 

Justine Barati, BAE spokesman and Director of Public and Congressional Affairs Joint Munitions Command said there were no injuries and there is no danger to the community. 


CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – A fire broke out at Holston Army Ammunition Plant Thursday morning but has since been contained.

At approximately 8 a.m., an alarm sounded near a building at the plant, which supplies explosive materials to the U.S. Department of Defense. The onsite safety, health and environment teams responded to the scene and secured the building, according to a company spokesman.

“No workers were in the building at the time of the incident,” said Justine Barati, BAE spokesman and Director of Public and Congressional Affairs Joint Munitions Command. “Smoke was observed at the building and one worker in proximity to the building was transported to a local emergency room for observation.”
us_TN  industrial  explosion  response  explosives 
14 days ago by dchas
The Phantom Duo - The Daily WTF
For most people, such a story would elicit a chuckle and a hmph, I didn’t realize MRI machines could explode. But for those who work closely with MRI machines, the knee-jerk reaction is please don’t let it be our MRI and please don’t let it be our fault .
computers  programming  debugging  medicine  explosives 
october 2018 by pozorvlak
One killed in explosion, 2 injured- The New Indian Express
ROURKELA:  A massive explosion in a house, where explosive substances were stored illegally, claimed one life and critically injured two others including a child at Telugupara of Madhusudanpali slum under Plant Site police limits here on Monday afternoon.Several houses were also damaged in the explosion. It is suspected the explosives were meant for manufacturing fire crackers. The explosion took place on the first floor of a two-storey house owned by Jawahar Srivastav at 12.15 pm. Under its impact, the concrete roof of the building was ripped apart and the flying debris severely damaged asbestos roofs of at least 30 adjoining houses.
India  industrial  explosion  death  asbestos  explosives 
september 2018 by dchas
Dr Chris Busby: Police become unwell at chemical weapons expert's Devon home
A chemical weapons expert has been arrested after police started feeling ill while visiting his Devon home.
Dr Chris Busby, 73, has been detained under the explosives act after officers at his Bideford home on Wednesday morning felt unwell.
Devon and Cornwall Police said officers at the retired research scientist's home also found "a number of items" which "require expert analysis from specialist officers and an explosive ordnance disposal team".
The British scientist is an expert on the health effects of internal ionising radiation.
He is a contributor on Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded TV channel.
Dr Busby has also worked for Britain's Ministry of Defence on a depleted uranium committee and a committee examining radiation risks of internal emitters.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the officers who were feeling unwell were immediately removed from the scene and a cordon put in place.
A hazardous area response team ambulance was quickly sent to the scene where they treated the officers.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  explosives  radiation  uranium  waste 
september 2018 by dchas
Report details causes of explosion
A biotech company in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, where an explosion claimed 10 lives in December, has been fined 5 million yuan ($730,750). Its production permit will be revoked and its leaders will be prosecuted, the Ministry of Emergency Management said.

On Dec. 9, an equipment failure triggered the blast at Juxin Biotech in the city's Guannan county, killing 10 people and injuring one. The blast caused a direct economic loss of 48.7 million yuan.

The energy released by the blast was equivalent to 14.15 metric tons of TNT, according to the investigative report by the Jiangsu government.

The report said that 45 people and 10 companies were responsible for the blast, and that 13 people will be prosecuted criminally, including Wang Ruren, Juxin's production safety director.

The other people responsible will be given Party and administrative penalties, including Wu Aijun, director of the county's management committee for the affected chemical industry park.

According to the report, Juxin's failure to strictly follow proper safety procedures was the main reason for the blast. Other companies also failed to perform their duties in design, safety assessment, equipment installation and inspection on acceptance, and they will be closed, downgraded or fined.
China  industrial  follow-up  death  explosives  illegal 
august 2018 by dchas
UPDATE: Homemade firecracker the cause of an explosion in Parkersburg
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - At about 12:12 this afternoon Parkersburg Police and Fire Departments responded to a call made by a postal service worker regarding an explosion.

The worker was hit by debris from the explosion but not seriously injured.

First responders were able to respond quickly because of the close proximity of the incident to the Homecoming parade.

There was a man on the scene with injuries to his hands and face and he was transported to a hospital in southern West Virginia.

Neighbors in the area reported hearing a loud noise that seemed to shake their homes. The police department strongly feels as though this incident is in no way related to the Homecoming celebration and that the suspect’s intent was not to harm anyone.

“We did collect some evidence related to this crime. We had it analyzed at a different location close to the scene for any chemical based explosives that were not what a typical person could buy off the store shelf. We are able to confidently say that this is not a terrorist act or a nexus to terrorism. Based off of what we found at the scene and what the components were made from as far as the device, basically it was just a homemade firecracker that had a much more powerful result than what was intended,” explains Joe Martin, Parkersburg Police Chief.
us_WV  public  explosion  injury  explosives  fireworks 
august 2018 by dchas
Southwestern Montana town evacuated in chemical lab incident
The small unincorporated community of Norris, near Bozeman, is reopened after authorities evacuated it on Tuesday while potential explosives were removed from a laboratory.

The Environmental Protection Agency says Norris Lab is located along Hot Springs Creek and did chemical testing for the mining industry. The lab was shut down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently after investigators found "hundreds of improperly stored and abandoned containers of hazardous substances at the facility."

The EPA says many of the volatile compounds were exposed to the elements, and the soil around the facility is contaminated with byproducts from lab testing.

A storm drain in the lab empties into Hot Springs Creek, according to the EPA.

Photos of the lab also show messy jumbles of chemical containers and a bathroom where hazardous materials were flushed down the toilet, according to the EPA.

A Missoula County bomb squad, along with several other agencies, responded to help remove dangerous explosives and other chemicals from the site this week.
us_MT  laboratory  discovery  response  explosives 
july 2018 by dchas
DRDO: A liability for India
It is no secret that India aspires to be a regional power. However, ambition must be backed by responsibility.A spate of accidents in the sensitive Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), have left Indians wondering whether its scientists can be trusted with weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

According to Indian media, on June 19 2018, a blast took place while workers were handling explosive material at DRDO laboratory in Pune’s Hinjawadi area. Resultantly, one worker was killed and another injured. The incident occurred at the High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL), a premier unit of the DRDO. The workers were cutting and dividing explosive material into samples when it exploded.

HEMRL is dedicated to research and development on high energy materials like propellants and high-power explosives as well as pyrotechnics. The laboratory has played a key role in development of Indian missile systems, including Prithvi, Agni, Akash and Nag. The lab is also used to test missile prototypes to check their propellants. The laboratory is spread over 800 acres of the land in Pashan and Sutarwadi area.
India  laboratory  explosion  death  explosives 
july 2018 by dchas
Explosion Rocks East Boston Apartment; Man Arrested
BOSTON, MA — An East Boston man is facing charges after allegedly causing an explosion early Sunday morning that police said was not related to terrorism. Tomas Mikula, 28, was arrested after an explosion at 88 Webster Street caused "major internal and structural damage. Mikula lives on the second floor of that building.

Mikula was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Before being hospitalized, police said he told them the explosion started in his apartment, where police allegedly later found firearms and ammunition.

A bomb squad sweep of his apartment found materials that are usually connected to explosive devices. A search warrant sweep ended in the seizure of PVC tubing and chemical compounds, materials commonly used for homemade explosives.

Police said they also found two handguns, a rifle, and over 100 rounds of ammunition.

Mikula is charged with unlawful possession of explosives, unlawful possession of an incendiary device, willful ignition/discharge of a destructive or incendiary device, two counts unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a high capacity firearm.

us_MA  public  explosion  injury  bomb  explosives  illegal 
july 2018 by dchas
Chemical Company Owner Charged After Bombs Are Found in Home – Philadelphia Magazine
David Surman Jr., 30, of Milford Township has been charged with four felony counts of unlawful possession or manufacture of a weapon of mass destruction and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and other crimes on Thursday, after what Bucks County district attorney Matthew Weintraub called an “around-the-clock surveillance” effort in a months-long investigation by local law enforcement officials, state police, the FBI, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Surman is the owner of Consolidated Chemicals and Solvents, a chemical, metal and solvent supplier based in Quakertown. According to charging documents in the case, authorities raided Surman’s business and home on Thursday. At Surman’s residence, investigators found 10 firearms, four explosive devices and methamphetamine. One of the devices they discovered on the property was 18 inches long, had the capability to cause “mass destruction” and was “ready for detonation,” Weintraub said.

Also at Surman’s home, authorities say, they found a binder with images of swastikas, a fake press release about a bombing, and a strange computer-generated image depicting Surman and his girlfriend fleeing a massive explosion. The girlfriend is cooperating with investigators, the DA said, and has not been charged in the case.
public  explosion  response  explosives  illegal  clandestine_lab 
june 2018 by dchas
Guidance on legalities of manufacturing explosives.
explosives  HSE  rocket 
june 2018 by deathwishdave

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