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St. Petersburg metro explosion: 10 dead in Russia blast

By Tim Lister and Angela Dewan, CNN

Ten people have been killed in an explosion on the metro in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, state-run TASS reported.

The explosion took place on a subway car at the Sennaya Ploshchad station.

“According to the very first preliminary information, about 10 people were killed in the explosion,” a source told TASS, noting the exact number of victims was still being established.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the victims and is talking to the FSB security services about the investigation, according to state media.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin was in St. Petersburg speaking at an event earlier Monday but that he was now in the nearby city of Strelna.

Seven of St. Petersburg’s metro stations have been closed. Victory Park, Electrosila, Moscow Gate, Frunzenskaya, Technological Institute, Sennaya Ploshchad, Gostiny Dvor have been shut at the entrance and exit points.

St. Petersburg is Russia’s second city.

Developing story – more to come

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Gas leak causes Chicago-area home explosion, fire; 2 hurt

HOMER GLEN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a home explosion and large fire caused by a natural gas leak injured two people in suburban Chicago and prompted the evacuation of area residents.

Will County Emergency Services says the fire burned Thursday afternoon about two blocks from the site of the leak in Homer Glen. Authorities say a man and his daughter were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries including burns.

Workers with natural gas utility Nicor worked Thursday night to cap the leak. The cause of the leak was under investigation.

Authorities say Nicor was called the area about 2 p.m. and officials had already begun evacuations when the home exploded shortly after 4 p.m. The home was destroyed. Authorities say nearly all evacuated residents were allowed back in their homes Thursday night.


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The Latest: Illinois blast damages more than 50 buildings

CANTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say three properties, including a historic Opera House, have been condemned a day after a natural gas explosion in the central Illinois city of Canton that killed a utility worker.

Canton Police Chief Rick Nichols said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that the Opera House was damaged beyond repair.

Nichols says 48 other buildings in the downtown area were damaged but can be fixed.

Ameren Illinois spokesman Tucker Kennedy says a third-party contractor for a communications company was installing a fiber-optic cable when a tool broke the gas line.

The explosion killed Ameren worker Arturo Silva Jr. of Mapleton, who was on a crew called to repair the line. Three other Ameren workers and several other people were injured. Officials have said the other injuries are not life-threatening.

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Downstate Explosion Kills One, Injures 11

UPDATED 7:27am from Nick Gale, WLS-AM News

(CANTON) One person is dead and 11 people are injured after a large gas explosion in downstate Canton, about 30 miles southwest of Peoria.

State police have closed off a two block radius around the blast site which is in the downtown square.

As officials look into the what sparked the blast, Ameren, the natural gas supplier, says workers responded to a report of a damaged gas line last night around 5:30 p.m. A spokesman for the utility says the crew closed off the gas line and where in the process of making repairs when the explosion happened.

The Salvation Army is helping those displaced by the blast.

84-year-old man’s death in Morgan Park explosion ruled homicide

(CHICAGO) An 84-year-old man’s death following a garage explosion last week in the Far South Side Morgan Park neighborhood has been ruled a homicide.

About 4 a.m. Tuesday, Henry S. McCann Jr. saw someone in the backyard trying to break into the garage of his home in the 11200 block of South Green Street, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

McCann went outside to investigate, and the male ran away. When the elderly man opened the door to check the garage, something inside exploded, authorities said.

He taken to Roseland Hospital with burns and later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

An autopsy Sunday found McCann died of complications of thermal injuries, with heart disease listed as a secondary cause.

The fire from the explosion spread to three other garages, police said. Chicago Fire Department officials could not immediately provide more information.

No one was in custody Sunday afternoon as CPD’s Bomb and Arson Unit investigates.