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  1. CEO of Flooded Texas Chemical Plant: There’s ‘No Way to Prevent’ ExplosionThe plant, 34 miles outside of downtown Houston, has taken on six feet of water and is bound to blow.
  2. Firefighter Killed After Possible Drug Den Explodes in the BronxMore than ten people were injured.
  3. ISIS Claims Responsibility for Mall Attack in BaghdadThe attack, which involved a car bomb and multiple gunmen, is now over.
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    You Should Get Rid of the Cheap Hoverboard You Bought on Amazon, Says Amazon(Or else it might explode.)
  5. 3 Injured in Explosion at NYC’s John F. Kennedy High SchoolThe workers failed to drain a gas line during a construction project.
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    ‘Like a Bomb’: An Exploding Food Truck Nearly Destroyed 20 HomesThankfully, there were no injuries, but the Mötley Crüe-themed truck is toast.
  7. Exploding Food Cart Scares Everyone at the White House [Updated]The area was placed on lockdown.
  8. Rocket Bound for Space Station Explodes Seconds After LaunchLuckily, the cargo rocket was unmanned.
  9. Massive Explosion in Ukraine Said to Be Donetsk Chemical FactoryThey’ve seen it all.
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    A Massive Food Truck Explosion Injured 12 People in PhiladelphiaThe four-foot propane tank responsible for the explosion was found 150 feet away from the scene.
  11. Mystery Bronx Explosion Part of a Lillo Brancato Release PartyFireworks for the Bronx Tale actor.
  12. Something Exploded in the Bronx Last NightAuthorities say it was fireworks, but many aren’t buying it.
  13. U.C. Berkeley Explosion, Blackout Caused by Copper TheftThere were several injuries and a campus evacuation.
  14. Bodies Recovered in Texas Blast, 12 Confirmed DeadRescuers are still searching the rubble.
  15. Week From Hell Continues As Flooded Illinois Town Is EvacuatedCan we catch a break here?
  16. Injuries, Destruction in Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion [Updated]Homes next to the West, Texas plant were leveled.
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    Movie Review: Why Isn’t The Expendables 2 More Insane?This sequel is aggressively dumb, aggressively macho, and just plain aggressively aggressive.
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    Michael Bay Plans Family Reality Show, Auditions Bethenny FrankelExplosion!
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    It’s a Ginger Explosion!No, this isn’t the latest from Jerry Bruckheimer.
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    Boom: Moscow Restaurant Explosion Kills TwoImproperly stored gas canisters are to blame for a fire that injured nearly 40 people.
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    Watch a Bunch of Firecrackers Explode in Slow-motionAnd HD, too.
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    Watch a Chain of Electrical Transformers Explode, BeautifullyMesmerizing.
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    Watch a First-Person Video Game Brought to Life With Firework MissilesIt’s cooler than a normal video game because things actually explode.
  24. Chicago Morning News Anchors Sad About Explosion, Their LivesA missed local event causes chaos at WGN9.
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    Why Is the Man Behind Love Actually Killing Off Gillian Anderson?Watch a new short film in which the rom-com king has the ‘X-Files’ star explode in a bloody mess.
  26. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Could Become Worst in U.S. HistoryOil may be leaking at five times the rate initially estimated.
  27. Four Midtown Buildings Evacuated After Underground FireOver 135 firefighters sent to the scene.
  28. A Radio Shack on Sixth Avenue Just ExplodedThe one between 19th and 20th Streets.
  29. Cab Explodes in Front of St. Patrick’sNo one seems to have been hurt, but we’ll keep you posted.
  30. Small Explosion Hits Military Recruiting Center in Times SquareLet’s begin this post by saying there’s no reason to worry, everybody is fine. (We’ve always wanted to write that — because let’s be honest, when we start conversations with our mom that way she goes bananas.) See, there was a small explosion in Times Square early this morning, but nobody was hurt. Apparently somebody tossed an explosive device at a U.S. military recruiting center just before 4 a.m. today. The office’s window was smashed, and a door was damaged. Traffic was interrupted for a while, but now it appears to be back to normal. The Department of Homeland Security says it’s investigating whether it was terrorism-related, but according to NY1, there wasn’t a sense of panic in the area this morning. Explained droll host Pat Kiernan: “It seemed people were annoyed by the nuisance as much as anything.” Small explosion hits New York’s Times Square [Reuters] Update: Mayor Bloomberg just held a press conference about this. It turns out that it was a bomb in an ammunition box. Bloomberg called the attack on the recruitment office an insult to our troops and added that “New York City is back and open for business.” NYPD chief Ray Kelly said the device was not “particularly sophisticated” and explained that there is one witness who saw a suspicious hooded man on a bicycle passing the recruiting station just before the explosion.
  31. Two More Hurt at Deutsche Bank • Things keep getting worse at the Deutsche Bank building: Yesterday a worker for the sinister John Galt Corporation “lost control” of a forklift on the 23rd floor, from which it tumbled 200 feet to the ground, crashing through the roof of a shed and sending two more firefighters to the hospital. [
  32. Further Adventures in Crumbling Infrastructure If it feels like the city is falling apart around you, it may not just be your paranoia talking. Early yesterday afternoon a section of midtown sidewalk collapsed under two construction workers jackhammering it, sending them on a ten-foot fall into the hole underneath and leaving both at Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. With exploding steam pipes and “structurally deficient” bridges, what else can go wrong? Christopher Bonanos considered that question in this week’s New York. Our advice: Be ready for blackout, and watch out for falling bricks. The Old Town [NYM] Two Hurt in Sidewalk Collapse [Newsday]
  33. 756* • Juror Bloomberg is back at his day job — and he’s brokered a deal with Albany that will require more developers in more neighborhoods to include low-income housing in their projects. Spitzer’s likely to sign. [NYT]
  34. Mr. Ethics, Meet the Ethics Board • The newest chapter in the fast-developing Spitzer scandal: The State Ethics Commission, which definitely has subpoena power, has joined the State Senate in requesting the documents from the Bruno investigation. Not looking good. [amNY]
  35. How Now Dow Jones? • Thirty or so Bancrofts are converging on a Boston Hilton today to discuss whether they’d like some more money. (Actually, spread across the clan, the estimated $500 million in profit a Dow Jones sale would bring doesn’t sound like a staggering amount.) [NYT] • Councilman and former Black Panther Charles Barron (he of the “Sonny Carson” avenue-renaming idea Bloomberg called “the worst ever”) announced he’s running to replace Marty Markowitz as the Brooklyn beep. Should be a lively campaign, as they say. [NYP] • In rapper-arrest news, Lil Wayne and Ja Rule have been picked up on separate (!) gun-possession charges in busts an hour apart. [WNBC] • Midtown businesses that lost money to last week’s steam-pipe blast will not see a red cent from Con Ed — not even restaurants that lost their supplies to spoilage when the power was cut. Some are threatening to sue. [NYDN] • And the Yankees beat the Devil Rays 21-4 last night, which both tabs agree puts the team in the “21 Club.” Yuk yuk yuk. [NYDN, NYP]
  36. Explosion Damage Damages ‘Damage’ PartyHuman beings build mental models for things. You don’t really think about your commute into work; you just do it, the same as you do every day. This is why every now and then, when you walk to that same subway station to go someplace else, you get on that usual morning-commute train even though you mean to go the other way. Well, we have a model for party reporting, and last night we were set to cover the after-party for Glenn Close’s new FX drama, Damages, which we were told was at Cipriani’s. We assumed that meant Cipriani 42nd Street, so we left the office at the end of the day on autopilot. We saw some police barricades; we ignored them. We turned onto 42nd Street. There were a lot of bright lights. The street was blocked off. Wow, we thought, big premiere.
  37. When Lexington Avenue Attacks! If you’ve always wondered what it might look like if the mild-mannered street in front of you were suddenly to explode, and if you weren’t lucky enough to be near Grand Central the other day, we’ve got some good news. The Fire Department located a security camera on Lexington Avenue that caught the steam-pipe explosion. The main problem with security cameras, of course, is bad composition — so just be warned to keep your eye on the top of the frame. Also, the Fire Department has confirmed that the time stamp on the tape is wrong. So don’t get hung up on that. Moments Before the Steam Pipe Explosion [YouTube] Video Shows Steam Pipe Explosion [City Room/NYT]
  38. Behold the Power of Crumbling Infrastructure • Families of 9/11 victims are upset — are the families of 9/11 victims ever not upset? — because the city plans to commemorate the attacks’ sixth anniversary in the small Zuccotti park. Instead of, you know, in the middle of a giant construction site. [amNY]
  39. Oddly, We Find Hazmat’d Cops Slightly Unnerving “There is no reason to believe this is anything other than a failure of our infrastructure,” Mayor Mike insisted last night, attempting to calm any what-have- the-terrorists-done-now fears. Thing is: It’s hard to feel comfortable when cops are swarming the explosion site dressed like something out of Star Trek. With this afternoon’s announcement that no asbestos was found in the air, perhaps the police are losing the gas masks?
  40. It Came From the Steam Tunnels! Last night’s explosion was an impressive display in itself. But equally impressive was the way it tied up seemingly the entire East Side, with trains not running and people everywhere gawking. This is our favorite picture of the gawkers — the crowd massed in front of the iconic Public Library building, all stopped and looking in the same direction. If this were a still from some fifties-era cheesy sci-fi film, that’s exactly what everyone would look like as they watched the flying saucers land. Earlier: Grand Central Explosion Kills One, Wounds 30, Inconveniences Thousands
  41. Grand Central Explosion Kills One, Wounds 30, Inconveniences Thousands So it was a steam pipe that exploded last night near Grand Central, and the fallout from it includes one death (from a heart attack), more than 30 injuries (two critical), and, in the words of the Times, an “unnerved” Manhattan. “There is no reason to believe this is anything other than a failure of our infrastructure,” said Mayor Bloomberg. This is a surprisingly wan consolation: With infrastructure that allows for the occasional midtown geyser strong enough to rip pavement, flip a truck, and half-swallow a car, who needs terrorists? Witnesses described the epicenter, on 41st Street and Lexington Avenue, as looking strangely primordial, with flames flickering inside the rupture and boiling brown muck bubbling around its edges. There’s a YouTube video already, of course, and the inevitable idiotic comments. Bush did it! LOL!
  42. Explosion Near Grand Central Really Screws Up Commutes Yes, there was indeed an explosion near Grand Central Terminal. No, it was not at Grand Central. Yes, there’s a lot of smoke. A transformer exploded on East 41st Street between Third and Lexington Avenues; it caused a four-alarm fire and injured one person. Police have closed that block and evacuated some buildings. The subways are running, including the Lex lines, though they’re currently skipping Grand Central, which must be a real pain for those who were trying to catch the 6:45 to Larchmont. We’re about to call it a day, but we have no doubt Sewell Chan will keep you abreast of the latest news all night long. Buildings Evacuated After Midtown Explosion [City Room/NYT] Update: The source of the explosion was a steam pipe, and as of 8:15 p.m. there is no service on the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines between 125th Street and Bowling Green, service on the 42nd Street shuttle has been suspended, and 7 trains bypass Grand Central. MTA Service Alert [MTA.info]
  43. Actual Charred Evidence: The Condé Nast Manhole Cover There was indeed an explosion on Seventh Avenue earlier this afternoon, alongside the Condé Nast Building. It was indeed an exploding manhole cover, and indeed no one was hurt — or, for that matter, much inconvenienced. But, still, we’ve got the Actual Charred Evidence. Woo-hoo. BREAKING: Explosion in Front of Conde Nast Building [Gawker]