WBEZ | explosion http://www.wbez.org/tags/explosion Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: August 27, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-27/morning-shift-august-27-2015-112748 <p><p>Summer 2015 is nearing its end, but with fall comes many things including a plethora of arts events. We get a Fall Arts Preview, courtesy of the hosts of the WBEZ podcast General Admission. We also hear about efforts to get more young African Americans interested in playing tennis. There&rsquo;s an expansive tennis facility going up on the site of the former site of the Robert Taylor public housing complex. Also, 60 years ago today, the small town of Whiting, Ind. was shaken by a huge blast at the Standard Oil Facility. Luckily the number of injuries and deaths was minuscule. We talk with the producer of a documentary about that fateful day. And WBEZ reporter Monica Eng gives us the lowdown on new rules for school vaccinations and what it means for your child.</p></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-27/morning-shift-august-27-2015-112748 Today marks 60th anniversary of Whiting oil refinery explosion http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-27/today-marks-60th-anniversary-whiting-oil-refinery-explosion-112746 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/whiting.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Standard Oil Refinery explosion in Whiting, Ind.</p><p>Shortly after 6 a.m. on August 27, 1955, a massive explosion at Standard Oil shook the entire northwest Indiana city. Some thought it was an earthquake....others a bomb and there were a few who thought it was the end of the world. The fire that resulted from the explosion burned for days. Hundreds of families were forced to leave their homes and an entire neighborhood was destroyed. For Whiting resident Bonnie Wilson Faulkner, the explosion is just as ingrained in her memory as the day JFK was assassinated.</p><p>Faulkner&#39;s recollection is one of many included in the documentary called &ldquo;One Minute After Sunrise,&rdquo; which takes a look back at the event and the affect it had on the people who lived in Whiting at the time of the explosion. Joining us to talk about the blast, its impact on the town and the memories of Whiting residents is producer <strong>John Hmurovic</strong>. The Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society will be showing &ldquo;One Minute After Sunrise&rdquo; at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Whiting High School auditorium. Admission is free.</p></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-27/today-marks-60th-anniversary-whiting-oil-refinery-explosion-112746 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