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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2002
An Essex man was seriously injured and his house nearly destroyed Sunday night when leaking gas ignited. The explosion occurred just after 11 p.m., a few hours after another gas leak in the Lower Eastern Shore town of Snow Hill killed a utility worker and injured 17 people. Matthew Wedderin, 47, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with first- and second-degree burns to his face, hands and back. Wedderin was the sole occupant of the house in the 500 block of Welbrook Road at the time of the explosion.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1999
The general manager of a Jessup warehouse suffered minor burns yesterday morning after a natural gas leak caused two small explosions, Howard County fire officials said.Workers at L & M Produce Co. in the 7300 block of Assateague Drive called the fire department about 8: 56 to report that natural gas had been leaking for about five minutes and caused an explosion in one of the company's produce coolers. The cooler leads to a loading dock outside.Fire officials said that about 10 minutes after firefighters arrived at 9: 06 a.m., there was a second explosion in the refrigerator.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Rafael Alvarez and Nancy A. Youssef and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2000
A 72-year-old Anne Arundel County woman died last night and two others were injured in an apparent propane explosion that leveled the family's house in the 300 block of Poplar Road in Millersville. Anne Arundel County fire officials said Betty Sawyer was thrown from the split-level house - the roof lay in the middle of the debris - into the front yard about 7:10 p.m. last night and was pronounced dead at the scene. Also injured in the blast were Sawyer's husband, Robert, 74, and the couple's 40-year-old son, Thomas Nelson Sawyer - known as Nelson - who family members said was doing work in the basement when the explosion occurred.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff slB | July 9, 1991
Two days after it nearly leveled a home and killed Martha Budzynski, the explosion, believed caused by a propane leak, still echoes through the Pasadena neighborhood."
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | November 19, 1996
Community leaders say they will oppose a plan today by a convenience store chain to expand its Severn outlet and add gas pumps, saying added traffic and the possibility of a fuel explosion endanger their neighborhood.Cloverland Farms Dairy Inc. wants to build a 2,880-square-foot Royal Farms store, an adjacent 1,620-square-foot retail space and install two pump islands on about one acre at Routes 174 and 170, according to applications filed with the Department of Planning and Code Enforcement (PACE)
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 11, 2000
Firefighters responded to a report of a gas leak and explosion at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg yesterday. The initial report said an odor of propane was detected inside and outside the Kmart garage at the shopping mall. One employee was overcome by the odor and taken to the hospital, officials said. The employee was not identified. Firefighters using devices that detect gas leaks found no evidence of propane and no evidence of an explosion, said Lt. Ken Fischer of Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien and Jamie Smith,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1998
A powerful explosion blew off the front of a brick apartment building in Baynesville yesterday evening, leaving 10 residents homeless and three people slightly injured.The explosion, which may have been caused by a natural gas leak, forced the evacuation of 22 people from neighboring apartments and closed a key Baltimore County intersection during rush hour.Fire officials said no one was seriously injured in the blast that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. at Loch Bend Apartments in the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive, a complex of two-story brick buildings.
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By Edward L. Heard Jr. and Edward L. Heard Jr.,Evening Sun Staff | July 9, 1991
PERRYVILLE -- Scattered in the 10-foot mound of rubble on Broad Street, a narrow strip in this small Cecil County town, lay a multitude of items charred by the raging fire after a propane gas explosion Saturday morning.They included a scorched air conditioner, a woman's sweater, a collection of Harlequin Romance novels, a sofa and any number of other possessions and household items -- only a few days ago things that provided the comforts of everyday living for the 100 people left homeless by the blaze but now only burned and ruined debris.
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By Chris Guy and Jennifer McMenamin and Chris Guy and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2002
SNOW HILL - Residents of this 360-year-old river town awoke yesterday to the surreal scene of police and fire investigators in dense fog, searching through a crumpled wood-frame house for the cause of a propane explosion that killed a utility worker and injured 17 people, including 13 volunteer firefighters. While investigators worked to pin down a cause, the community came together to support the injured, mourn the death of Ignatius D. Saienni, and look over the site of the explosion that demolished the home of Sadie Dryden, 87. For Dryden, the first whiff of trouble come about 5 p.m. Sunday.
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By Jacques Kelly and Marcia Myers and Jacques Kelly and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1997
A ruptured gas line exploded in downtown Baltimore yesterday morning, producing a spectacular 40-foot column of flame that burned for more than five hours, forcing the evacuation of about 265 residents from nearby buildings and promising to inconvenience downtown residents and commuters for several days.The explosion at Park Avenue and Franklin Street caused only minor injuries to three people.But it left buildings including the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Catholic Charities soup kitchen Our Daily Bread and the Mount Vernon Hotel without electricity, gas, water, phone or cable service.
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