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Disasters and Accidents

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  • Chemical leak at DuPont facility in Texas leaves four dead

    A chemical leak at a Houston-area industrial site left four people dead and a fifth hospitalized early Saturday, according to DuPont. An unknown quantity of methyl mercaptan, which DuPont says is used to odorize natural gas, leaked into the facility...
  • Alaska volcanic eruption intensifies; lava advances in Hawaii

    Alaska volcanic eruption intensifies; lava advances in Hawaii
    A volcano in the Alaska Peninsula launched an ash plume 30,000 feet into the air on Saturday morning, while officials in Hawaii say lava continues to advance on a town that has been sitting in the path of a slow-moving molten slide since June. Mt....
  • New Jersey 12-year-old accidentally shoots, critically injures sister

    New Jersey 12-year-old accidentally shoots, critically injures sister
    A 12-year-old boy in New Jersey accidentally shot his 9-year-old sister Saturday afternoon while the siblings were playing with a handgun, police said. The young girl is in critical, but stable, condition at University Hospital in Newark, said Sgt....
  • High school water polo player rescued from near-drowning in Chino

    High school water polo player rescued from near-drowning in Chino
    A high school water polo player found at the bottom of a Chino pool after a match was flown to a hospital in critical condition Thursday evening, a fire official said. The boy's teammates from visiting Nogales High School in La Puente noticed him...
  • Making scuba-diving a family sport

    Making scuba-diving a family sport
    Never mind the moray eel. I'm focused on rubbing the "lucky" porthole of a ship that sunk here in a hurricane nearly 150 years ago. Did I mention that I'm 60 feet underwater, diving mask on my face, breathing oxygen from a tank strapped to my back?...
  • West Hollywood water main break gushes 9,600 gallons of water per minute

    West Hollywood water main break gushes 9,600 gallons of water per minute
    A water main break on a 36-inch pipe in West Hollywood on Friday afternoon sent torrents of muddy water down Sunset Strip, prompting a series of street closures as crews respond to the mess. At its peak, the break was spewing 9,600 gallons of water...
  • Irvine man drowns in community pool; 28th drowning in O.C. this year

    A man drowned in a pool at his Irvine town home complex Friday, authorities said. It was the second drowning in Irvine this year and the 28th in Orange County, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi. The year's total could overtake last...
  • Overturned fuel tanker ignites fire in Boyle Heights

    Overturned fuel tanker ignites fire in Boyle Heights
    A flaming tanker truck that threatened a Boyle Heights neighborhood Friday has been extinguished, but not before a river of fuel flowing from the big rig caught fire and burned a building. The building, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, was...
  • Ice cream man assaulted, accused of killing child with truck in South L.A.

    Ice cream man assaulted, accused of killing child with truck in South L.A.
    An ice cream truck driver was assaulted in South L.A. after he allegedly hit and killed a child with his truck Wednesday night. The incident happened about 7:10 p.m. in the 200 block of East 97th Street, police said. The unidentified child was...
  • Organizer of South Korea concert where 16 died kills himself

    Organizer of South Korea concert where 16 died kills himself
    The organizer of a South Korean concert where 16 people died Friday evening has been found dead after committing suicide, police told the local media. Police said the man, surnamed Oh, 37, was found dead Saturday in Seongnam, a suburb south of Seoul,...
  • Two charged in fatal hit-and-run of pedestrian in wheelchair

    Two charged in fatal hit-and-run of pedestrian in wheelchair
    Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged the driver of a Cadillac SUV with fatally striking a man in a wheelchair last month in Pacoima and fleeing the scene. Tatiana Cacho, 24, of Pacoima was arrested after detectives received anonymous tips from...