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  • Explosions Heard in Golan Heights as Syrian Mortars Strike Israel

    04/28/2015 5:22:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 04/28/15 | Lea Speyer
    Air raid sirens sounded across the Golan Heights on early Tuesday afternoon, warning of possible incoming rockets from Syria or Lebanon. Initial reports indicate local residents heard explosions in the area following the sirens, which were triggered around 12 pm. It is believed that two mortars landed near the Ein Zivan kibbutz, Channel 2 reported. After a brief investigation, the IDF concluded that rocket fire was spillover from the civil war in Syria and was unintentionally shot towards Israel. The Golan Regional Council said in a statement: “As a result of spillover from fighting between rebels and the Syrian army,...
  • North Koreans among 40 dead at Iran nuke plant

    02/04/2013 12:37:35 PM PST · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    WND ^ | February 3, 2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Meanwhile, Tehran's official news agency calls WND 'mouthpiece of CIA' The explosions at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility Jan. 21 killed at least 40 people, including two North Koreans, WND learned Sunday. Meanwhile, the Islamic regime is labeling WND a “mouthpiece of the CIA” for its exclusive reporting of the blasts. The bodies of 11 of the technicians and scientists are beyond recognition, a member of the security forces at the facility told WND. According to the source, 60 others are in critical condition and have been transferred to the central base of the 27th Division of Mohammad Rassool Allah. The...
  • Underground Blasts Fire Indianapolis Manhole Covers Into Air

    03/19/2015 2:46:35 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jeni O'Malley
    Underground explosions caused by electrical arcing shot manhole covers into the air at a busy downtown Indianapolis intersection on Thursday, disrupting commuters, closing businesses and raising concerns about safety as the city prepares to host the Final Four next month. Indianapolis Power & Light officials said Thursday that the arcing — electrical current jumping a gap in a circuit — occurred in 120-volt underground cables and caused the system to short-circuit.
  • Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up

    01/17/2015 3:22:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Jack Healy
    When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning their kitchens and basements into “Breaking Bad”-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves on fire in the process.
  • Hash oil explosions rise with legalized marijuana

    05/06/2014 12:08:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2014 2:07 AM EDT | Sadie Gurman
    The opening months of Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana industry have seen a rise in fiery explosions and injuries as pot users try to make the drug’s intoxicating oil in crude home-based laboratories. Since Jan. 1, when sales began, the state’s only certified adult burn center has treated 10 people with serious injuries they suffered while making hash oil, compared with 11 in 2013 and one in 2012. Law enforcement and fire officials, meanwhile, are grappling with how to respond, as the questionable legality of the process has made it difficult to punish amateur chemists. Some prosecutors are charging them with...
  • Japan: 2 Explosions Heard Near US Naval Base

    11/28/2013 11:48:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 82 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/13
    Two explosions were heard near the US Air Force base located near the Japanese capital of Tokyo. Japanese police and US officials reported that remnants of two IED's (Improvised Explosive Device) had been found in the area. No caualties...
  • Blasts rock Iranian Embassy in Beirut

    11/19/2013 3:51:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 11.19.13, 10:12 | Roi Kais
    At least 23 people were killed and 146 were injured Tuesday morning in two strong explosions near the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon. A senior Lebanese official said the cultural attaché at the embassy was among the dead. According to one report, several rockets were fired at the area and at least one of them hit the building. The area of the blasts in southern Beirut is considered a Hezbollah stronghold. The Shiite organization is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and is helping him in his war against Syrian rebels. …
  • Evacuations ordered after fire, explosions rock plant in Oklahoma

    09/19/2013 4:34:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    THOMAS, Okla. — Firefighters are battling a fire and officials are ordering nearby areas evacuated after a fire and explosions rocked a manufacturing site northwest of Oklahoma City.
  • Explosions rock Lake County area; evacuation in effect

    07/29/2013 9:13:19 PM PDT · by Alice in Wonderland · 73 replies
    TAVARES, Fla. —Propane explosions at the Blue Rhino LP gas plant rocked the Tavares area on Monday night. The plant is located at the 300 block of County Road 448 and several residential areas surround it. A 1-mile evacuation of the area was ordered before midnight. A massive emergency response was called for after multiple injuries were reported. Several locals called WESH 2 to report seeing flames and hearing loud explosions.
  • Train derailment in eastern Quebec sparks explosions, major fire

    07/06/2013 7:45:33 AM PDT · by ToxicMich · 30 replies
    A train carrying crude oil derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic, Que., early Saturday morning, sending giant flames into the air and prompting a mass evacuation. At least 1,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in Lac-Megantic, which is located about 250 kilometres east of Montreal. A number of the train’s 73 cars exploded, causing a fire that spread to several of buildings in the community.
  • Multiple Massive Explosions Rock Mobile, Alabama

    04/24/2013 8:06:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Count ^ | 4/24/13 | staff
    Witnesses say these very strong explosions could be felt miles away! Two large explosions on a fuel barge in Mobile, in Spanish Fort and Daphne, Alabama, over 10 miles away across the river, according to local reports.
  • Report: Tsarnaevs motivated by opposition to Iraq and Afghan wars, Al-Queda online Mag .....

    04/23/2013 1:09:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on April 23, 2013 | Allahpundit
    To borrow a line from Dennis Green, they are who we thought they were. From his hospital bed, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has acknowledged his role in planting the explosives near the marathon finish line on April 15, the officials said. The first successful large-scale bombing in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era, the Boston attack killed three people and wounded more than 250 others.The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police as the two attempted to avoid capture, do not appear to have been...
  • Boston marathon bombs ( automatic gunfire and suspects using hand grenades )

    04/18/2013 10:15:04 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 107 replies
    telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | 4-18-13 | telegraph.co.uk/
    Latest 06.10 (01.10) This is a completely chaotic scene. Earlier tonight two "Middle-eastern-looking men with guns" hijacked a Mercedes in Cambridge. They drove to a petrol station where the victim of the car jacking was able to escape. Shortly afterwards there were reports of a shooting in Watertown, which suddenly escalated with reports of automatic gunfire and suspects using hand grenades. 06.00 (01.00) BREAKING: We have a chaotic scene in Watertown, just outside Boston, where police are engaged in a serious gun battle with two men who are believed to have hijacked a Mercedes in Cambridge earlier on this evening....
  • Report: 60-70 dead in Texas fertilizer plant explosion

    04/17/2013 10:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 17, 2013 | Allahpundit
    First came the fire, then the blast. Assuming the EMS reports are correct, a terror attack on U.S. soil is responsible for only the second-largest mass-casualty event this week. Dwell on that. Unbelievable: West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as many as 60 or 70 people died and hundreds were injured Wednesday night in a fertilizer plant explosion in West. A rescuer earlier said he knew of five deaths. Meanwhile, emergency crews were pulling back late Wednesday night because of concerns about the possibility of a second explosion… The fire started in an anhydrous ammonia tank and spread to...
  • After Boston, Congressman Urges Caution on Immigration Reform

    04/16/2013 12:10:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | April 16, 2013 | Robert Costa
    Representative Steve King of Iowa, a prominent House conservative, says Congress should be cautious about rushing immigration reform, especially after Monday’s bombing in Boston, where three people were killed. “Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.” On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold. “We...
  • The working theories for who did this (Boston Globe admits it might be a Muslim)

    04/15/2013 10:12:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 16, 2013 | Lawrence Harmon
    ThE PERPETRATOR or perpetrators behind the two bombs that exploded within a few seconds of each other near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon are still unknown. But there are working theories. Terrorists often plan their strikes on anniversaries and commemorative dates. Yesterday marked both a patriotic holiday in Massachusetts and Israel Independence Day, which raises the possibility of Islamic terrorism. April 15 is also the deadline for filing federal taxes, which suggests the possibility of homegrown, anti-tax extremists. The pathological possibilities abound at this point. The Marathon is an uplifting event. It is also a made-for-terrorism event....
  • War Zone at Mile 26: ‘So Many People Without Legs’

    04/15/2013 10:06:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 15, 2013 | Tim Rohan
    About 100 feet from the end of the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon, explosions shook the street and sent runners frantically racing for cover. The marathon finish line, normally a festive area of celebration and exhaustion, was suddenly like a war zone. “These runners just finished and they don’t have legs now,” said Roupen Bastajian, 35, a Rhode Island state trooper and former Marine. “So many of them. There are so many people without legs. It’s all blood. There’s blood everywhere. You got bones, fragments. It’s disgusting.” Had Mr. Bastajian run a few strides slower, as he did in 2011, he might...
  • FBI takes charge in law enforcement probe of Boston Marathon explosions

    04/15/2013 6:47:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    wapo ^ | 4/15/13 | ap
    WASHINGTON — The FBI is taking charge in the criminal investigation of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. The announcement came Monday night at a news conference in Boston whose participants included Richard DesLauriers, the agent in charge of the FBI in Boston. Also on Monday night, the FBI said it had set up a phone line for members of the public to call with information about the explosions to contact the law enforcement agency. The call-in number is 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt (hash)3. “No piece of information or detail is too small,” the FBI said in urging the public to...
  • Texans pray for Boston’s blast victims; Stockman wants Wolf Blitzer to apologize

    04/15/2013 3:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas on the Potomac ^ | April 15, 2013 | Richard Dunham
    Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest member of the Texas congressional delegation, and Rep. Pete Gallego, its newest member, spoke for their Texas colleagues in the aftermath of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. "My thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston." - Rep. Hall #prayforboston 9:17 PM - 15 Apr 13 Pete Gallego ✔ @RepPeteGallego Listening 2 details re Boston Marathon bombs. Evil like that still boggles my mind. God always sees the truth. Justice comes. 8:55 PM - 15 Apr 13 Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican from Friendswood, shared those sentiments. Rep. Steve Stockman @SteveWorks4You Please pray for...
  • Authorities believe third explosion at JFK Library related to bombing near finish line

    04/15/2013 2:12:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Boston police say there’s been a third explosion in the city, following two blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed two people and injured many others. Police Commissioner Edward Davis says authorities aren’t certain that the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the other blasts, but they’re treating them as if they are....
  • US official: 2 more explosives found at Boston Marathon

    04/15/2013 2:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    A senior U.S. intelligence official says two more explosive devices have been found near the scene of the Boston marathon where two bombs detonated earlier. The official said the new devices were being dismantled. It was not immediately clear what kind of devices had been found Monday. The official said the first two did appear to be bombs....
  • Two explosions near finish line at Boston Marathon

    04/15/2013 12:11:58 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 4 replies
    bostonglobe.com/ ^ | April 14 2013 | unknown
    BREAKING NEWS: Multiple people injured near the Boston Marathon finish line after explosion
  • Explosions, shooting heard at U.S. base in Afghanistan

    12/01/2012 8:34:21 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 1, 2012 | (Reporting by Rafiq Shirzad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)
    (Reuters) - Two explosions and shooting were heard at a U.S. base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday, a Reuters witness said. The Taliban said they carried out an attack on the compound and inflicted casualties. NATO officials were not immediately available for comment. Security forces surrounded the area. "We can confirm there have been multiple explosions in the vicinity of the Jalalabad airfield," the U.S.-led coalition said in a statemen. "Currently, ISAF officials are on the scene gathering facts, and as more information becomes available, we will release it as appropriate."
  • So I Saw "The Expendables 2" Today...

    09/03/2012 6:23:31 PM PDT · by RightOnline · 22 replies
    9/3/12 | RightOnline
    OK....a rainy day; decided to go see "The Expendables 2" today with my lady friend and my son. Just thought, for those who haven't seen it and are maybe thinking about it, I'd drop a thought or two here. First, if you haven't seen the original..."The Expendables"...get it on Netflix or rent the DVD. This one won't make much sense, really, unless you see it in the context of the first movie. The films' plots have zip to do with each other, but the characters, etc. need to be understood first. It opens with a serious 'bang'....literally. Very violent, VERY...
  • Large explosions leave carnage in Syria capital

    05/10/2012 12:16:19 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 10, 2012 | AP
    (AP) DAMASCUS, Syria - Two strong explosions shook the Syrian capital Thursday, sending a plume of thick black smoke into the sky. The explosions were in the Qazaz neighborhood, where a Syrian intelligence agency has its headquarters. The explosions happened just before 8 a.m., when employees are usually arriving at work. CBS News' George Baghdadi, reporting from the scene, says about 40 burned-out cars and possibly dozens of badly burned bodies were scattered in front of the intelligence office.
  • The coming conflict with Iran … Part 1, Mysterious explosions near Teheran

    02/23/2012 11:43:05 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 8 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | February 23, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Island Turtle will cover Iran’s nuclear missand in several installments. It will present information and satellite imagery about Iran’s missile manufacturing facilities, test areas and nuclear development sites. It will show an underground site, part of a vast military storage area, built into a side of a mountain that has yet to be reported by the media. It will also report on mysterious explosions and offer guidance on what happened and who is likely behind it. You will be surprised. The intent is to help Turtle readers follow news events in Iran intelligently when and if they happen, with locations,...
  • Nigeria: Scores Killed by Bomb Attack and Gunfire

    01/21/2012 3:05:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/12
    Nigeria imposed a 24-hour curfew Saturday in the northern city of Kano after assailants killed scores of people and wounded others in a hail of gunfire and coordinated bombings of eight government sites. The Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the blast....
  • Reports of two explosions in Mumbai

    07/13/2011 7:13:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    NDTV ^ | 7/13/11
    Mumbai: There are reports of two explosions in Mumbai -one at Opera House in South Mumbai, the other at Dadar. More details are awaited.
  • Police investigate two explosions in Seoul [South Korea]

    05/13/2011 5:44:03 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 5 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | May 12, 2011 | Song Sang-ho
    Police are investigating two explosions at Seoul Station and Gangnam Express Bus Terminal about 30 minutes apart on Thursday. There have been no reports of injuries yet from the two blasts, officials said. The explosions caused chaos with citizens hurriedly leaving the two public transportation hubs. Police have not ruled out the possibility of terrorism, officials said. The blast at the bus terminal in southern Seoul occurred around 11:55 a.m. What is presumed to have been a can of butane gas exploded in a locker in the waiting room at the terminal, police said. “There was the sound of an...
  • Fire 112 Tomahawk missiles into Tripoli, Misrata...

    03/19/2011 7:18:51 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 58 replies
    Drudge ^ | 3/19/11 | Drudge
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/19/libya.civil.war/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1 More than 110 Tomahawk missiles fired from American and British ships and submarines hit about 20 Libyan air and missile defense targets in western portions of the country, U.S. Vice Adm. William Gortney said at a Pentagon briefing.
  • Deadly explosions on Moscow Metro system [UPDATE: 41 Dead; 2 Female Suicide Bombers]

    03/28/2010 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 75 replies · 2,184+ views
    The BBC ^ | Monday, 29 March 2010 06:02 UK | the BBC
    At least 25 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion on the Metro system in central Moscow, with a second blast coming shortly afterwards. The first blast happened at the city's central Lubyanka station, reports quoting security sources said. A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, Russian news agency Tass reported. Ten people were injured in the first blast, Tass said, quoting the emergencies ministry. The number of casualties at the second blast is not yet clear.
  • Origin of key cosmic explosions unraveled

    02/18/2010 2:50:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 427+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/18/10 | AFP
    CHICAGO (AFP) – Astronomers who have long used supernovas as cosmic mile markers to help measure the expansion of the universe now have an answer to the nagging question of what sparks the massive stellar explosions. "These are such critical objects in understanding the universe," lead author Marat Gilfanov of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany said Wednesday in describing his team's study. "It was a major embarrassment that we did not know how they worked. Now we are beginning to understand what lights the fuse of these explosions." Most scientists say Type 1a supernovae are formed when...
  • Explosions Reported At Ethylene Facility In Del.

    05/17/2009 8:56:45 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies · 1,016+ views
    CBS3 ^ | 05-17-09
    A series of loud explosions has been reported in the area of a Sun Oil ethylene facility in New Castle County.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, April 19-26, 2009: Lava ocean entry (with links to video)

    04/22/2009 10:01:24 PM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 561+ views
    Leigh Hilbert and YouTube
    With Fernandina on the Galapagos still pouring lava into the oceans, I thought I'd post a couple of impressive ocean entry videos I found along with an image. The first video is Fernandina, the next two are Kilauea (Hawaii). Eruption in the Galapagos Islands (lava entry at night) Waikupanaha Ocean Lavafalls Kalapana ocean entry with lightning (and also a waterspout)
  • Mysterious Explosions Reported Near Mississippi River in Minneapolis

    02/19/2009 9:57:48 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,101+ views
    MY FOX TWIN CITIES.com ^ | Thursday, 19 Feb 2009, 8:58 PM CST | Tom Lyden
    MINNEAPOLIS - SNIPPET: "According to the Minneapolis Police Department, more than 100 loud booms have been heard since last summer, always at night, and often on a Wednesday or a Friday. The most recent reports are all coming from a stretch along the Mississippi River, between Lake Street and the Ford bridge. About half the reports turn out to be either electrical transformers or fireworks -- but the other half are unidentified exploding objects."
  • 100 Explosions On The Moon

    05/21/2008 2:11:19 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 190+ views
    Physorg ^ | 5-21-2008
    100 Explosions on the Moon A map of the 100 explosions observed since late 2005.Not so long ago, anyone claiming to see flashes of light on the Moon would be viewed with deep suspicion by professional astronomers. Such reports were filed under "L" ... for lunatic. Not anymore. Over the past two and a half years, NASA astronomers have observed the Moon flashing at them not just once but one hundred times. "They're explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the Moon," explains Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). "A typical blast is...
  • Police Make Headway In Baltimore Co. Mystery (Strange explosions)

    04/29/2008 2:02:09 PM PDT · by Renfield · 57 replies · 145+ views
    WJZ.com ^ | 4-28-08 | Derek Valcourt
    PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) ― Officers Vickie Warehime and J. Posluszny Jr. have solved a lot of mysteries, but this one is over their heads--literally. In fact, it may be about 30 to 40 feet in the air. For months, the Baltimore County Community Outreach officers have been investigating a bizarre phenomenon disturbing neighbors in an area of Pikesville near Beth Tfiloh Community School. Now, they say they may be closer to an answer. Derek Valcourt reports 911 callers complain about a deafening explosion and a bright flash of light in the middle of night. "The bedroom actually lights up like...
  • Gas pipeline explodes in south Texas

    02/18/2008 11:27:25 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 158+ views
    McCOOK, Texas (AP) - An explosion Friday at a gas pipeline in south Texas sent flames rising hundreds of feet into the air, but the fire was quickly contained and no injuries were reported, authorities said. Hidalgo County Emergency Manager Tony Pena said earlier reports that one person had been injured in the explosion were incorrect. After the explosion, black smoke rushed across a cloudy sky in northern Hidalgo County, driven by winds gusting to 40 mph (64 kph). Orange flames reached 400 feet to 500 feet (120 meters to 150 meters) into the air, Pena said. Firefighters shut off...
  • Deadly explosions strike northern Iraq (a weapons cache and 'bomb-making factory' exploded)

    01/23/2008 10:22:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 571+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/23/08 | Sameer N. Yacoub - ap
    BAGHDAD - An explosion ripped through an apartment building and surrounding houses in northern Iraq Wednesday shortly after police arrived to investigate a tip about a weapons cache, killing at least nine people. In a separate incident, a suicide car bomber targeted a police convoy near the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least five civilians and injuring 11, police said. The cause of the apartment blast in the city of Mosul was unknown. Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim al-Jubouri said it occurred about 4:30 p.m. after the arrival of Iraqi police forces who went to the building after receiving a tip...
  • We're Blowing Up Lemons Today (When Life Gives You Lemons, Blow Them Up)

    12/29/2007 3:30:38 PM PST · by pax_et_bonum · 376 replies · 1,441+ views
    lemon tree | 12/29/2007 | me
    We're exploding lemons today.humblegunner is letting Eaker explode lemons on his head. We have photos and video which will be posted very soon.TheMom, Allegra, TheGirl, and me are all witnesses to this bizarre behavior.
  • Mexican Rebels Claim Pipeline Attacks

    09/10/2007 3:53:31 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 35 replies · 1,499+ views
    Associated Press via Breitbart ^ | Sep 10, 2007 | MIGUEL HERNANDEZ
    VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) - A shadowy leftist guerrilla group took credit for a string of explosions that ripped apart at least six Mexican oil and gas pipelines Monday, rattling financial markets and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in lost production. The six explosions could be seen miles away, and set off fires that sent flames and black smoke shooting high above the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. At least a dozen pipelines, most carrying natural gas, were affected, said Jesus Reyes Heroles, the head of Mexico's oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, without providing specifics. He said there would be hundreds...
  • Blasts Hit Mexico Oil Company Pipelines

    09/10/2007 6:06:00 AM PDT · by KingSnorky · 72 replies · 3,523+ views
    MEXICO CITY -- Six explosions ripped apart pipelines for Mexico's state oil monopoly early Monday, the company said. The blasts were believed to be sabotage and 12,000 people were evacuated afterward.
  • Explosions Strike Mexico Gas Pipelines(More information)

    09/10/2007 11:17:19 AM PDT · by kellynla · 34 replies · 1,976+ views
    wasingtonpost.com ^ | September 10, 2007; 1:18 PM | MIGUEL HERNANDEZ
    VERACRUZ, Mexico -- Mexican gas and oil pipelines were attacked in six places before dawn Monday, causing explosions, fires and gas leaks that forced the evacuation of thousands of people. The blasts reverberated for miles. No direct injuries were reported, though civil defense agencies said two women in their 70s who lived nearby died of heart attacks shortly afterward. The six blasts happened about 2 a.m. in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said in a statement. The company immediately shut down the affected lines as well as an extra line...
  • Explosions Destroy Minarets at Golden Mosque; U.S. Officials Condemn Attack

    06/13/2007 4:02:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 351+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 13, 2007 – Two minarets at the Golden Mosque compound in Samarra, Iraq, were destroyed around 9 a.m. today, military officials reported. A minaret is a tall, slender tower of a mosque having one or more balconies from which the summons to prayer is called out by a Muslim crier. Iraqi police on site described hearing two near-simultaneous explosions coming from inside the mosque compound, but they did not see any attackers in the vicinity. The Golden Mosque, one of the holiest Shiite shrines in the country, was the site of an insurgent bombing in February 2006 that...
  • Coming soon: a Microsoft fuel-cell charger

    04/16/2007 4:19:06 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 5 replies · 289+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | 04/16/07 | Martyn Williams
    San Francisco (IDGNS) - A New York-based company that is one of a handful developing fuel cells for consumer electronics devices says it has started commercial production of a fuel cell-based recharger for Microsoft. Medis Technologies produced the first Microsoft-branded rechargers on Friday, it's CEO, Robert Lifton, said in an interview with IDG News Service. "It's the first commercial sale for our company and we believe the first commercial sale in quantity for the industry," he said. Fuel cells produce electricity through a chemical reaction, typically involving methanol, however Medis says its devices use a proprietary alkaline fuel. One day...
  • Three explosions jolt southern Iran - agency

    01/11/2007 9:01:47 AM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 27 replies · 1,891+ views
    Reuters Alertnet ^ | 11 Jan 2007 | Staff
    TEHRAN, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Three strong explosions jolted southern Iran on Thursday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, but it was not clear if there were any casualties. The cause of the explosions in Khorramshahr in the province of Khuzestan, which borders Iraq, was not clear, but a local journalist said they were controlled explosions to destroy land mines left in the area since the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
  • Five Detained in Iraq; Council Meeting Continues Despite Explosions

    01/10/2007 4:48:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 255+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2007 – Five suspected terrorists were detained yesterday in Iraq, and this morning’s city council meeting in Mahmudiyah continued despite nearby explosions. -- Paratroopers from Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and Iraqi police arrested three suspects yesterday near Haswah. The suspects were taken to the Iskandariyah police station for questioning. -- Paratroopers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, and Iraqi Police arrested two suspects yesterday near Hay al Askeri. -- Insurgents detonated explosives inside two trucks near a gas station today in Mahmudiyah, wounding two local residents. Despite the explosion,...
  • Police, Soldiers Respond to Explosions Near Baghdad Mosques

    12/13/2006 5:55:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 181+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2006 -- Iraqi police responded to several explosions at both Sunni and Shiite mosques in Baghdad today. A car bomb exploded across the street from the Kamalia mosque, a Shiite mosque in the New Baghdad section of eastern Baghdad, around 9:45 a.m. Forces from 4th Brigade, 1st National Police Division, supported by coalition forces, were on the scene for support. U.S. soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, were also called for support to conduct a damage assessment on the mosque, U.S. officials said. Later in the day, U.S. soldiers from...
  • Top Gear Car Shoot-Out

    09/23/2006 7:12:30 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 18 replies · 898+ views
    OhGizmo! ^ | 9/21/06 | David Ponce
    Got five minutes to waste? Sure you do, you wouldn’t be here otherwise. So, let me take this post and introduce you to a clip, excerpted from British TV show Top Gear. In it, you’ll see Jeremy Clarkson, one of the show’s hosts, engage in what can only be gently described as “sadistic car annihilation”. In other words, he shoots some cars with some guns, and it’s freaking awesome! Yeah, it’s got nothing to do with technology or gadgets. But it doesn’t matter. Us geeks have diverse and wide-ranging taste, and I’m ready to bet you’ll get a kick out...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, September 10-16, 2006: Fresh activity on Etna (with Webcam link)

    09/11/2006 3:02:05 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies · 318+ views
    Etna Volcan Sicilien ^ | Septembre 2006 | Charles Riviere
    Very recent (and a bit blurry) shot of summit eruptive activity on Etna: Webcam link: (checked late Monday; Cam 3 showed incandescent gas for one frame (it's night); check early morning in USA to see where it's looking. Etna Webcams