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Terror Attack? Explosion At Manchester Arena, UK – Many Injured – Fatalities Reported

Police in Manchester have urged people to stay away from Manchester Arena following reports of an explosion during a concert.
Officers say they are responding to a “serious incident” but have not yet released any further details.
Witnesses reported hearing a “huge bang” at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig.
Majid Khan, 22, said: “I and my sister, along with a lot of others, were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely
panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us.
“Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.”
Suzy Mitchell, who lives opposite the venue, said: “(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.
“The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks.
“Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.”
Network Rail says that lines out of Manchester Victoria station are currently blocked.
Courtesy of Sky News

Lightning strike sparks fire at Venezuela oil refinery

A lightning strike has caused a fire at Venezuela’s El Palito refinery.
The bolt hit two storage tanks late on Wednesday, less than a month after an explosion at Venezuela’s largest refinery left more than 40 people dead.
No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.
Courtesy of BBC News

Lightning strike sparks 145-acre wildfire in Okeechobee County, Florida, USA

Lightning strike sparks 145-acre wildfire in Okeechobee County. (FFS)
A lightning strike sparked at 145-acre wildfire in the northern region of Okeechobee County, east of the Kissimmee River, Saturday evening.
According to the Florida Forest Service, 80 percent of the fire is contained.
Crews say the flames are not threatening any homes or buildings at this time.
Firefighters bulldozed vegetation surrounding the fire to prevent the spread of the flames.
Crews will remain in the are through the night, FFS says.
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Two dead, several injured after lightning strikes in Belpahari, India

An officer of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was killed and four others injured after lightning struck at Belpahari in Jhargram on Saturday night. A 12-year-old boy was also killed after lightening struck him at another village under Belpahari police station. The victim, identified as Tapan Kumar Dey, was declared dead after he was rushed to a nearby hospital. The other four injured CRPF jawans are undergoing treatment. Some of the injured are said to be in a critical condition. The officer and the jawans were posted at CRPF 165 BN camp. The incident occurred on Saturday night when the deceased officer and the jawans were conducting vigil in the area. While the five CRPF personnel were out conducting vigil, they were struck by lightning. After hearing about the incident, locals rushed to the spot. The victims’ colleagues were also informed and called to the scene. They rescued all the five persons from the spot and rushed them to the hospital. The locals said that there were thundershowers in the are
a on Saturday night when the accident took place.
According to the police, a minor boy was also killed in Ghagra area under Belpahari police station of Jhargram on Saturday night after being struck by lightning. The victim has been identified as Laxman Mandi (12) who stepped out of his house during the rain and lightning. Some other villagers were also injured in the incident, police added.
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Boat explosion; 3 children and 1 adult injured in Miami, USA

A boat explosion on Sunday in South Miami-Dade sent four people to trauma centers, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said.
Two children were taken to trauma centers by helicopter and another child and an adult by ambulance.
The cause of the explosion, which didn’t cause major damage to the boat, remains under investigation. The incident, which happened between 8:30 and 9 a.m., called over 10 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units to Black Point Marina, 24775 SW 87th Ave.
Late Saturday night, a boat crash in the Intracoastal near a Fort Lauderdale bar injured four people.
National Safe Boating Week started Saturday and runs through May 26. The National Weather Service is promoting a different safety tip each day, including wearing life jackets and having fire extinguishers on board.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue recommends that each privately owned or rented vessel do a thorough safety check before leaving the dock, spokeswoman Erika Benitez said.
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Explosion injures one at Yukon’s Minto Mine, Canada

Health and safety officials in Yukon are investigating after a worker at the territory’s Minto Mine was injured following an explosion overnight.
The worker was medevaced from the site for his injury, said Andrew Robulack, a spokesman for the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board.
He said he could not provide details on what happened or what condition the worker is in.
The explosion happened either late Friday or early Saturday.
Safety board inspectors were at the mine site Saturday morning, but have returned to Whitehorse, Robulack said.
He says a stop-work order has been issued for the immediate vicinity where the incident happened, though the rest of the mine remains operational.
That order will be in place until the employer demonstrates to safety board officers that the workplace is safe. 
Robulack said details about the incident will be provided when the investigation is complete.
Capstone Mining Corporation owns the copper mine, which employs 306 people at the Minto site.
The company recently announced it would be keeping the mine active until at least 2020.
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