WBEZ | explosion http://www.wbez.org/tags/explosion Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Explosion at BP refinery, no injuries reported http://www.wbez.org/news/explosion-bp-refinery-no-injuries-reported-110719 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/whiting.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated Aug. 28, 7:47 a.m.</em></p><p>WHITING, Ind. &mdash; A fire broke out after an explosion at a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which rattled nearby homes.</p><p>BP America spokesman Scott Dean said early Thursday that the refinery, which is just east of Chicago, had &quot;an operational incident&quot; on a process unit about 9 p.m. He said in a statement that the plant&#39;s in-house fire department responded, and the fire was out by 10:55 p.m.</p><p>Dean said refinery operations were &quot;minimally&quot; affected and that one employee was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was later released.</p><p>A Whiting Fire Department spokesman said the explosion could be heard clearly several blocks from the plant.</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times said Wednesday was the anniversary of a 1955 explosion in Whiting that killed two people.</p></p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/explosion-bp-refinery-no-injuries-reported-110719 Pipeline fire sends flames hundreds of feet into sky; no injuries http://www.wbez.org/news/pipeline-fire-sends-flames-hundreds-feet-sky-no-injuries-108391 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/fire_1.png" alt="" /><p><p>A fuel pipeline exploded beneath a western Illinois cornfield, sending flames hundreds of feet into the sky and leaving a 15-foot-deep crater before pipeline crews were able to stem the flow of fuel and bring the fire under control, authorities said.</p><p>Nobody was injured in the explosion, which was reported around 11:15 p.m. Monday near the town of Erie, about 27 miles northeast of Davenport, Iowa. Dozens of residents were evacuated from their homes as a precaution and the flames could be seen for dozens of miles, fire officials said. Most residents were allowed to return by early Tuesday morning.</p><p>Residents reported hearing a loud blast, said Erie Fire Chief Doug Rutledge, who said the hole created by the blast was about 20 feet wide and 40 feet long.</p><p>&quot;It had a roar like a jet engine,&quot; with flames as high as 250 feet, Rutledge told the Daily Gazette in Sterling, Ill. &quot;It was something else.&quot;</p><p>The pipeline was carrying a mixture of ethane and propane from Iowa City, Iowa, to a petrochemical plant in Morris, Ill., about 62 miles southwest of Chicago, said Rick Rainey, spokesman for the pipeline&#39;s owner, Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners.</p><p>Enterprise Products workers were able to remotely turn off a valve to limit the gas flow to the site, fire officials said.</p><p>Rainey said the fuel did not spill, but either vaporized or burned off. He said it is too soon to say what caused the explosion, and that the company and the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous materials Safety Administration would investigate.</p><p>Phone and email messages left Tuesday with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency were not immediately returned.</p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/pipeline-fire-sends-flames-hundreds-feet-sky-no-injuries-108391 Worldview 7.28.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-72811 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-july/2011-07-28/turkmenistan2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If an accidental explosion killed nearly 1,400 people anywhere else in the world, it would be front-page international news. But when a munitions depot exploded earlier this month in Turkmenistan, the news barely made it past a few blogs. The repressive government claims only 15 to 20 people died. Dissidents estimate the number may be 100 times that.&nbsp; We talk with an expert on Turkmenistan about why he risks his safety to report on the explosion in his homeland. And on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we speak to Jillian Swinford, who helped form an organization called <a href="http://www.edpowerment.org/" target="_blank">EdPowerment</a> to improve education in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.&nbsp; Lastly, it's been almost forty years since two young Australians reunited with their former pet lion in the wilds of the African bush. As Alan Johnston explains, their story - and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md2CW4qp9e8" target="_blank">the footage of their reunion</a> on YouTube - has moved millions of people around the world.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-72811