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April 11, 1991 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
A 38-year-old Warminster man on parole in Bucks County has been charged with the possession and assembly of explosives in his apartment. Timothy D. Bryson, of the first block of Norristown Road, is awaiting a preliminary hearing for violating parole and is charged with risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, possession of an instrument of crime and possession of offensive weapons, after Warminster police discovered explosives used for...
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April 22, 2012 | By Rahim Faiez and Patrick Quinn, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan security forces have arrested five extremists with 22,000 pounds of explosives that they smuggled in from Pakistan to carry out a huge attack in Kabul, as well as another three suspects allegedly planning to assassinate the vice president, an official said Saturday. The reports of new planned attacks in the Afghan capital came a week after extremists said to be part of the Pakistan-based Haqqani group launched coordinated assaults in the heart of Kabul and in three other cities.
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April 4, 1992 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
A police officer unknowingly brought a cache of suspected explosives to the 14th District parking lot yesterday and forced the evacuation of the district building and nearby homes in Germantown, police said. There were no explosions and no one was injured during the two-hour incident on Haines Street near Germantown Avenue, 14th District Lt. Samuel Lynch said. The suspicious container was carted off by the Ordnance Disposal Unit. Lynch said the incident began at 4:30 p.m., when an unidentified man handed "a container with unknown objects" to a patrolling officer on Shedaker Street near Wakefield.
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August 1, 1991 | By Lisa Schwartz, Special to The Inquirer
Mailboxes in Pennsauken and Merchantville were damaged on Sunday when explosives were dropped into the mail slots. Although the type of explosive has not been identified, police said the force of one blow was as powerful as a quarter-stick of dynamite. In Merchantville, an off-duty police officer reported the first damaged mailbox, at 12:24 a.m., in front of the post office on Centre Street, said police dispatcher Lawrence Holtz. The door was blown open and some mail was mutilated, Holtz said.
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March 4, 2008 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former Army ranger has been arrested after a cache of firearms, explosive devices, bogus identification cards, and badges was discovered in his Brewerytown home, Philadelphia police said yesterday. Andre Brown, 39, was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses after police were called to his home in the 3000 block of Oxford Street shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday by a woman who alleged that Brown, her boyfriend, had pointed a shotgun at her head, police said. Officers Anthony Ricci and William Forbes of the 23d District entered the house to help the woman remove clothing and discovered six firearms, explosive devices that appeared to be military detonators, and a collection of photo IDs, police said.
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March 17, 1994 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Like most rational people, when Michael Towle finds what he thinks is a live practice grenade lying in a barrel next to 3,000 others, he panics. He calls out the cavalry and he runs for cover. On Monday, the cavalry consisted of the Caln police, the local fire marshal, West Caln Township supervisors, Chester County Emergency Services technicians and the bomb squad from Delaware County. In this particular case, Michael Towle needn't have bothered. "We originally thought there was a danger," said Towle, an investigator for the Environmental Protection Agency.
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February 26, 1991 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A social studies teacher in the Lower Camden Regional School District who was accused of firing a small signal rocket at a passing car in August was indicted yesterday on charges that she stored a small arsenal of military explosives in her home. Marjorie J. Lorsbach, 42, of the first block of West Taunton Avenue in Berlin Borough, was arrested Aug. 29 by police who were responding to a report that someone on the block had fired at a passing car. The officers went to Lorsbach's home, apparently because she was known to police as "an unusual person," investigators said.
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February 27, 1986 | By Tony A. Frasca, Special to The Inquirer
The Delran Township council last night voted 5-0, with one abstention, to give tentative approval to an ordinance prohibiting the storage of "destructive devices, explosives and weapons" in storage facilities within the township. The council is seeking to prevent incidents such as last month's discovery of a weapons cache, including explosives and Soviet-made submachine guns, at a self-storage facility on Route 130. New Jersey State Police discovered the arsenal while investigating leads from a drug arrest made in Winslow Township.
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June 14, 1988 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Japanese student arrested Sunday as he was about to board a plane with explosives in his luggage was ordered yesterday to remain in custody after a prosecutor contended that he might try to flee the country. U.S. Magistrate Richard A. Powers 3d ordered Yoshino Kosugi, 18, held until a bail hearing scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Kosugi, who completed his freshman year at Drexel University last week, was taken into custody at Philadelphia International Airport. He is charged with the federal crime of attempting to board an aircraft with firearms, explosives or incendiary devices.
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May 21, 1987 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Du Pont Co. said yesterday that it had signed a letter of intent to sell its explosives business in the United States and Canada. The decision marks the end of a remarkable industrial era that has lasted almost two centuries. Few companies have ever dominated a market as Du Pont has dominated the manufacture of explosives. A spokesman for Du Pont said that Canadian Investment Capital Ltd. (CIC) of Toronto would buy its explosives business, which accounted for sales of about $150 million last year.
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August 15, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kiefer Sutherland is used to playing a man who gets things done, by any means necessary. So why, after more than 200 episodes as 24 action hero Jack Bauer, would the British-born Canadian want any part of the restrictions of even a fictional U.S. presidency? Maybe because after years of legislative gridlock, and in an election cycle no TV writer could top for twists, turns, and sheer insanity, ABC's Designated Survivor is hitting the reset button on the federal government this fall, big time.
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July 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Police on Wednesday charged a 32-year-old East Stenton man with risking a catastrophe, endangering the welfare of children, and drug offenses after he was allegedly found with homemade dynamite in a minivan with kids Tuesday night. Derek McKinney of the 7400 block of Gilbert Street was taken into custody after officers on patrol about 9:30 p.m. saw a white Toyota double-parked on Champlost Avenue near 20th Street in East Germantown, then smelled a heavy odor of marijuana. The smell led them to a white Dodge Caravan minivan parked next to the Toyota, police said.
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July 1, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
In the animal care world, July 5 is known as the busiest day of the year. The reason? Fireworks. At the sound of the first boom, family pets will tear through screens, break windows, shoot out doors, scale tall fences and race for miles until they are completely disoriented and exhausted. "That one day can be pretty scary," said Laura Garber, manager of behavior and enrichment for the Pennsylvania SPCA. It's not just the larger firework displays but also the occasional neighborhood firework or sidewalk popper that can send pets running, said Garber.
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June 17, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
An explosion at a steam-generating plant in Grays Ferry rocked the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. The incident happened at Veolia Energy's Schuylkill Station facility at 2600 Christian St. shortly after 3 p.m. Paul Whitmore, a company spokesman, said one employee suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene, but he did not know how that person was injured. Whitmore said employees reported hearing a loud noise, but said he did not know what happened. "It's not clear what exploded, if anything," Whitmore said.
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June 16, 2016
By Jeremi Suri Terrorism on American soil is not new. Nor are crimes of hate. Since at least the 19th century, politically motivated citizens have used violence to kill for a purpose. What makes the horrible massacre in Orlando stand out is its connection to a more recent phenomenon - the murder of large numbers by a single attacker. Even though gun ownership has always been widespread in American society, premeditated murder of innocent mass crowds has only become common during the past 20 or so years.
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May 23, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai and Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITERS
Authorities were investigating a disturbance of some sort, which initially was reported as a manhole explosion, near 30th and Market Streets in University City on Saturday afternoon. No one was injured, a police spokeswoman said. The reported underground explosion occurred near 30th Street Station, at the northeast corner of 30th and Market, shortly after 1 p.m., a Fire Department dispatcher said. Market Street was closed to vehicular traffic from 29th to 30th Streets because of the investigation.
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May 20, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A maintenance worker who was critically injured when a boiler exploded at a Philadelphia public school in January died Wednesday, union officials said. Christopher Trakimas, 62, a facility mechanic, was bringing online a boiler that had been shut down for a year at Franklin S. Edmonds Elementary School when it blew up Jan. 13. "Chris has been in the hospital for five months fighting to overcome the injuries he sustained," an official of his union, Ernie Bennett, posted on Facebook.
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March 1, 2016 | By Yuliya Fedorinova and Ilya Khrennikov, BLOOMBERG
As many as 36 people died in what could be Russia's deadliest coal mine accident since 2010 after a series of gas blasts led rescue efforts to be called off. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich spoke to reporters at the Severnaya mine in Vorkuta on Sunday, according to Interfax. Efforts to find 26 miners missing after a Thursday blast at the mine were called off after a government-company technical council concluded there can't be any survivors, Denis Paikin, technical director for Vorkutaugol, which operates the mine, said earlier in the day. Vorkutaugol is a unit of billionaire Alexey Mordashov's Severstal PJSC.
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January 17, 2016 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
For years, workers and union leaders say, they warned Philadelphia School District officials: Keep cutting safety corners and deferring critical building repairs, and someone will get hurt - or worse. That's just what happened this week when a boiler at F.S. Edmonds Elementary School exploded, surrounding school mechanic Christopher Trakimas in flames and leaving him fighting for his life. "Once people are being lit on fire at work in the School District, something has to change," said Ernie Bennett, an official with 32BJ SEIU, the union that represents Trakimas and other blue-collar workers.
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January 15, 2016
A BOILER-ROOM explosion at an East Mount Airy public school critically injured a maintenance employee and forced the evacuation of the building, officials said Wednesday. The explosion happened about 1:30 p.m. at Edmonds School, at 8025 Thouron Ave. Fernando Gallard, a spokesman for the Philadelphia School District, said that a school employee who had been working on the boiler was taken to Einstein Medical Center. Students at the K-5 school were evacuated to a nearby building for a time, but ultimately returned to Edmonds.
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