A truck exploded in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles because a man wanted to get high on propane while also charging his cell phone, the L.A. Times reports.
The man had plugged his cellphone into the charger of the cab while he began huffing propane inside. The truck soon exploded, shattering windows and causing sounds that echoed throughout the neighborhood, terrifying its residents.
The man, who suffered burn injuries to his scalp and face, turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood substation, explaining the reason that the truck exploded. Some propane had apparently leaked from a tank inside the cab of the car while he was huffing it and it was ignited by the active electrical outlet.
He reportedly walked to a nearby lawn after enduring the explosion, and the truck was discovered with much confusion as to the source of the explosion.
“This guy is the luckiest guy in the world. You can’t make this stuff up,” police Sgt. Glenn McNeil commented on the incident.
The man was not arrested and refused medical treatment.
The investigation of the case continues, and the man has been allowed to return home. While the law enforcement authorities are considering other options, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jaime Moore believes that the man’s stories could be plausible.
“You got fuel, the right quanity of oxygen and an ignition source. Propane is a dangerous gas,” Moore told the L.A. Times.
The man’s ownership of the truck or his reason for being inside and huffing propane is still not clear, but police continue their investigations with the new information.
No one else was injured in the incident.
A New York City woman set off 44 bug foggers in her Chinatown hair salon last week in an attempt to end a serious roach infestation, but she failed to turn off a pilot light. The highly flammable fumes blew up the five-story building injuring a dozen people.
FDNY investgators found boxes of Raid fumigating foggers and Decon bug bombs all over the Piao Liang Ren Scheng Beauty Salon, reported the Daily News.
The woman apparently set off 20 bombs on Wednesday. On Thursday she set off about two-dozen more, according to the Associated Press.
At 12:45 p.m. Thursday an explosion occurred on the first floor rear of the salon on 17 Pike St. A minor ceiling collapsed and a fire erupted, spreading quickly to the upper floors.
When the FDNY arrived, tenants were on their fire escapes pleading for help. A firefighter found one man unconscious inside his apartment, and using a bucket-ladder was able to get him to safety.
In all, eight people were rescued from the burning building. Two were in critical condition, two more had their conditions listed as serious.
A police source to the Daily News the bug bombs were “used improperly.” Fire investigators are also checking to see if a gas leak was involved, according to FDNY Assistant Chief Robert Boyce.
Boyce said four firefighters were injured in the blaze, which took an hour to get under control.
Xia Jing Mei told the Daily News that her aunt, who lives on the building’s top floor barely got out alive.
“[We] ran right outside,” said Mei. “I got out and there were these huge flames behind me.”
The incident is being considered an accident.
“We did have existing codes violations for this building. We’re looking into them,” Boyce said without going into detail.
It is unclear if the woman who set of the bug bombs will face charges.
A stunt plane crashed and burst into flames at an air show in Ohio early Saturday afternoon, reportedly killing the pilot and a wing walker.
The crash did not injure any spectators on the ground at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton, according to the Inquisitr.
Jane Wicker was scheduled to be the wing walker at the time of the crash, according to USA Today. The pilot flying the plane at the time of the crash was reportedly Charlie Schwenker.
The plane turned upside-down with the wing walker sitting on its wing, and then tilted, went into the ground and exploded, in a video of the flight.
Wicker’s full-time job was as a budget analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Cleveland.com.
In an interview with WDTN-TV this week, she described her signature wing-walking move — sitting on the bottom of an upside-down airplane.
"I'm never nervous or scared because I know if I do everything as I usually do, everything's going to be just fine," she said in the interview.
Wicker’s Twitter account shows she was excited for the Dayton Air Show. She said in multiple tweets last week that she was “All set for Dayton,” that the Dayton air show would “be a blast” and that she was in Dayton “ready to rock this town.”
She wrote on her website that she had gone through many hours of practice and that she had not had any close calls in her experience as a wing walker.
"What you see us do out there is after an enormous amount of practice and fine tuning, not to mention the airplane goes through microscopic care,” Wicker wrote. “It is a managed risk and that is what keeps us alive.”
After Texas officials announced on Friday that they had opened a criminal investigation into the fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people and injured 200 others, a paramedic in West, Texas, has been arrested for possessing an explosive device.
Franceska Perot, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the arrested man is Bryce Reed. It is not clear whether Reed is linked to the explosion at West Fertilizer.
"I don't know that they're making that connection," said an anonymous source, Reuters reported. Reed helped victims in the aftermath of the explosion and saw many of his colleagues get hurt or killed.
Reed, 31, was taken to McLennan County Jail and is now in the custody of federal agents. Investigators have determined that ammonium nitrate stored at the plant detonated in the explosion but they still don’t know what caused the blast.
The Dallas Morning News interviewed Reed after the explosion destroyed his home and killed his best friend, Cyrus Reed. (They are not related.) He talked about the therapy sessions he has been attending since the blast.
“They’re rescuing the rescuers,” said Reed, “They’re really walking through hell with us to help us get to the other side.”
At the time, Reed admitted that he wasn’t sure if he was going to continue serving as a paramedic after seeing the devastation from the explosion and losing his best friend.
“Who I was before April 17 has died,” he said. “I have to figure out who I am again.”
The headquarters of the Boston Marathon has been shut down after explosions went off near the finish line.
The explosions occurred around 3:00 p.m.
It has been reported that there were at least two blasts heard but there may have been more.
There are at least "dozens" of injuries, according to the Boston Globe's Twitter page.
Business Insider spoke with the Boston Police Department Spokesperson who said "there was some sort of incident at 671 Boylston Street," which is the marathon's finish line. They said they could not give out any other information.
There are also reports indicating that the explosion was in a trash can.
Some reporters have said they saw dozens of injured victims and lost limbs. Local television stations are showing images of the streets covered with blood.
Twitter has been filling up with images of the scene:
BREAKING NEW: Lenox Hotel is being evacuated
— Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom) April 15, 2013
Possible device at the JFK library...BPD looking to be vigilant around trash barrels.
— Boston Scanner (@BostonScanner) April 15, 2013
Fox News reports at least 3 fatalities in the Boston Marathon explosions thkpr.gs/117F9Iy
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) April 15, 2013
At two spots on Boylston Street, scores of people fell and were injured. Some could be seen to have lost limbs; others were unconscious.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
People ran for cover after the explosion from the area, which had been full of hundreds of runners celebrating after finishing the race
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 15, 2013
Boston marathon run tracker still working, if you know a runner you can search here: baa.org/individual.html
— David Parry (@academicdave) April 15, 2013
From @abc: Mass General Hospital confirming 2 dead from Boston Marathon explosions.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 15, 2013
— Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) April 15, 2013