List of explosions

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This is a list of accidental explosions.

Prior to 1899[edit]

Date Country Location Dead Injured Details
30 May 1626 ChinaChina Beijing 20,000 Unknown Wanggongchang Explosion
12 September 1634 Sovereign Military Order of Malta Malta Valletta 22 Unknown 1634 Valletta explosion: A gunpowder factory blew up, killing 22 people and damaging several buildings including a church and a college.[1]
12 October 1654  Dutch Republic Delft 100+ Thousands Delft Explosion (nl): A gunpowder magazine blew up, killing over 100 people and destroying a large part of the city.
18 August 1769  Republic of Venice Brescia c. 400–3000 800+ Brescia explosion: A gunpowder store blew up after being hit by lightning, killing between 400 and 3000 people (reports vary) and destroying a large part of the city.
18 July 1806 United Kingdom Malta Birgu c. 150–240 c. 100 1806 Birgu polverista explosion: A gunpowder magazine blew up, killing around 200 people and destroying part of the city's fortifications and many buildings.[2]
28 February 1844  United States Potomac River 6 16–20 A gun on board USS Princeton exploded during a demonstration, killing six people.
23 October 1844  United States near New Albany 56–100+ Unknown Lucy Walker steamboat disaster
14 July 1847  United Kingdom Faversham 18 Unknown Faversham guncotton explosion
6 October 1854  United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead c. 53 (in fire and explosion) c. 400–500 (in fire and explosion) Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead
17 July 1856  United States Whitemarsh Township 59–67 c. 100 Great Train Wreck of 1856
17 September 1862  United States Pittsburgh 78 Unknown Allegheny Arsenal explosion
27 April 1865  United States near Memphis 1192 c. 760 Sultana steamboat disaster
25 May 1865  United States Mobile c. 300 Unknown Mobile magazine explosion
12 December 1866  United Kingdom Stairfoot 361 Unknown Oaks explosion
13 May 1873  Canada Westville 70 Unknown Drummond Mine explosion
3 May 1887  Canada Nanaimo 150 Unknown 1887 Nanaimo mine explosion
26 August 1892  United Kingdom Aberkenfig 112 Unknown Parc Slip Colliery explosion
16 February 1896  South African Republic Braamfontein 70–75 200+ Braamfontein Explosion
30 April 1896  United Kingdom Micklefield 63 Unknown Peckfield Colliery disaster

1900 – 1989[edit]

Date Country Location Dead Injured Details
30 January 1900  United States near Trenton 1 0 Sibley Quarry explosion
14 October 1913  United Kingdom Senghenydd 439 Unknown Senghenydd colliery disaster
6 December 1917 Canada Halifax 1950 9000 Halifax Explosion
2 April 1916  United Kingdom Faversham 115 Unknown Faversham Great Explosion
27 March 1974  Portuguese Mozambique Magude 70 200 Magude train disaster
7 September 1984  Malta off Qala 7 1 C23 tragedy

1990 – 1999[edit]

Date Country Location Dead Injured Details
3 February 1995  Malta Cospicua 9 Unknown An explosion on the Libyan tanker Um El Faroud killed nine dockyard workers.
3 November 1995  Argentina Río Tercero, Córdoba 7 365 Río Tercero explosion
25 September 1998  Australia Longford 2 8 Esso Longford gas explosion
23 June 1999  United States Pasadena 2 3 Phillips explosion of 1999  : Two contractors were killed and three men were injured in an explosion on the morning of Wednesday, 23 June 1999, at Phillips Petroleum Co.'s K-Resin plant in its chemical complex in Pasadena, Texas.[3]
9 August 1999  Canada Calgary 2 0 Hub Oil explosion

2000 – 2009[edit]

Date Country Location Dead Injured Details
5 November 2000  Nigeria Oyo State 100 - 200 Unknown Ibadan road tanker explosion
27 January 2002  Nigeria Lagos 1,100 5,000+ 2002 Lagos armoury explosion
29 January 2003  United States Kinston 6 36 West Pharmaceutical Services explosion
14 April 2003  Canada Toronto 7 4 2003 Etobicoke gas explosion
18 February 2004  Iran Khayyam, Nishapur 300 Unknown Nishapur train disaster
16 March 2004  Russia Arkhangelsk 58 Unknown 2004 Arkhangelsk explosion
11 May 2004  United Kingdom Glasgow 9 33 Stockline Plastics factory explosion
24 May 2004  Romania Mihăilești 18 13 Mihăilești explosion
23 March 2005  United States Texas City 15 170 Texas City Refinery explosion
13 November 2005  China Jilin City 6 Unknown 2005 Jilin chemical plant explosions
8 February 2006  Russia Grozny 13 28 Chechnya Spetsnaz base explosion
6 December 2006  United States Milwaukee 3 47 2006 Falk Corporation explosion
22 March 2007  Mozambique Maputo 93 300 2007 Maputo arms depot explosion
26 July 2007  Syria Al-Muslimiyah 15 50 July 2007 Syrian arms depot explosion
14 September 2007  Romania Zalău 2 15 Zalău explosion
19 October 2007  Philippines Makati 11 129 2007 Glorietta explosion
20 December 2007  Sierra Leone Freetown 18 Unknown 2007 Freetown explosion
9 January 2008  Russia Kazan 10 4 2008 Kazan gas explosion
1 February 2008  Turkey Istanbul 22 100 Istanbul fireworks explosion
7 February 2008  United States Port Wentworth, Georgia 14 40 2008 Georgia sugar refinery explosion
15 March 2008  Albania Gërdec 26 300 2008 Gërdec explosions
26 March 2008  United Arab Emirates Dubai 2 2 2008 Dubai explosion
10 August 2008  Canada Toronto 2 0 Toronto propane explosion
26 August 2008  China Yizhou 20 60 2008 Guangxi chemical plant explosions
15 November 2008  Romania Petrila 13 13 Petrila Mine disaster
24 December 2008  Ukraine Yevpatoria 27 5 2008 Yevpatoria gas explosion
30 May 2009  China Chongqing 30 59 2009 Chongqing mine blast
10 August 2009  Slovakia Trenčín Region 20 9 2009 Handlová mine blast
21 November 2009  China Hegang 108 29 2009 Heilongjiang mine explosion

2010 – 2014[edit]

Date Country Location Dead Injured Details
7 February 2010  United States Middletown 6 50 2010 Connecticut power plant explosion
5 April 2010  United States Raleigh County 20 0 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster
8 May 2010  Russia Mezhdurechensk 66 99 Raspadskaya mine explosion
17 May 2010  Turkey Zonguldak Province 30 0 2010 Zonguldak mine disaster
28 July 2010  China Nanjing 13 300 2010 Nanjing chemical plant explosion
9 September 2010  United States San Bruno 8 58 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion
1 December 2010  Nigeria Lagos State 20 Unknown Alakija tanker explosion
16 February 2011  Tanzania Dar es Salaam 20 / 32 300 2011 Dar es Salaam explosions
11 July 2011  Cyprus Zygi 13 62 Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion
12 November 2011  Iran Bid Kaneh 17 Unknown Bid Kaneh explosion
27 February 2012  Russia Astrakhan 10 12 2012 Astrakhan gas explosion
4 March 2012  Republic of the Congo Brazzaville 250 2,315 Brazzaville arms dump blasts
12 July 2012  Nigeria Okobie 121 75 Okobie road tanker explosion
5 September 2012  Turkey Afyonkarahisar 25 7 2012 Afyonkarahisar arsenal explosion
5 September 2012  India Sivakasi 40 70 Sivakasi factory explosion
1 November 2012  Saudi Arabia Riyadh 26 135 2012 Riyadh truck crash
31 January 2013  Mexico Mexico City 37 126 Torre Ejecutiva Pemex explosion
17 April 2013  United States West 15 160 / 200 West Fertilizer Company explosion
29 April 2013  Czech Republic Prague 0 43 2013 Prague explosion
7 May 2013  Mexico Ecatepec de Morelos 27 36 2013 Ecatepec de Morelos gas tanker explosion
25 May 2013  Pakistan Punjab 18 7 2013 Pakistan gas bus explosion
31 May 2013  Philippines Taguig 3 5 2013 Serendra explosion
13 June 2013  United States Geismar 2 114 Williams Olefins Plant explosion
6 August 2013  Argentina Rosario 22 60 2013 Rosario gas explosion
22 November 2013  China Qingdao 62 Unknown 2013 Qingdao oil pipeline explosion
10 December 2013  Egypt Gharbia Governorate 13 6 Kafr Elle Zayat fuel truck explosion
9 January 2014  Japan Yokkaichi 5 17 Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant explosion: An explosion at a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant in Yokkaichi, Japan, kills at least five people and injures 17 others.[4]
17 January 2014  Nigeria Apapa 15 Unknown Kirikiri tanker explosion
12 March 2014  United States New York City 8 70 2014 East Harlem gas explosion
13 May 2014  Turkey Soma 301 80 Soma mine disaster
6 June 2014  Kosovo Obilić 2 13 At least 2 dead and 13 injured are reported after an explosion at a coal-fired power station, Kosovo A Power Station, in Obilic, six miles outside Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.[5]
27 June 2014  India Nagaram 22 30 2014 GAIL pipeline explosion
28 June 2014  India Alang 5 0 At least 5 people have been killed in an explosion at the world's largest ship breaking yard at Alang in Indian state of Gujarat.[6]
12 July 2014  Turkey Istanbul 3 11 An explosion in a shop in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, leaves 3 dead and 11 injured.[7]
31 July 2014  Taiwan Kaohsiung 32 321 2014 Kaohsiung gas explosions
2 August 2014  China Kunshan 146 114 2014 Kunshan explosion
31 August 2014  France Rosny-sous-Bois 6 0 An explosion in an apartment building in the Paris suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois results in 6 deaths.[8]
1 October 2014  Bulgaria Gorni Lom 15 3 2014 Gorni Lom explosions

2015 – 2019[edit]

Date Country Location Dead Injured Details
4 March 2015  Ukraine Donetsk 34 14 2015 Zasyadko mine disaster
26 March 2015  United States New York City 2 19 2015 East Village gas explosion
4 June 2015  Ghana Accra 256 Unknown 2015 Accra explosion
27 June 2015  Taiwan New Taipei City 15 497 Formosa Fun Coast explosion
3 July 2015  South Korea Ulsan 6 0 Six people are dead following an explosion at a chemical plant in Ulsan in South Korea.[9]
24 July 2015  Italy 7 0 A large explosion, which triggers other explosions and a fire which threatens a nearby forest at a fireworks factory in southeastern Italy Modugno, Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia Region kills 7 people and injures several more, some seriously. Emergency vehicles were on the scene and the cause is being investigated; it is the peak season for fireworks in Italy because of the summer festivals there.[10]
12 August 2015  China Tianjin 173 797 2015 Tianjin explosions
25 August 2015  Afghanistan Herat 11 18 A gas explosion in the Afghanistan city of Herat kills eleven people and injures 18 others.[11]
31 August 2015  China Dongying 13 25 A chemical plant owned by the Shandong Binyuan Chemical Company explodes in the Chinese city of Dongying in the coastal Shandong province, killing at least one person with the extent of other injuries unknown.[12]
12 September 2015  India Petlawad 105 150 Petlawad explosion
13 September 2015  Pakistan Multan 11 79 An explosion in the Pakistan city of Multan kills at least eleven people and injures 79.[13]
18 November 2015  United Kingdom Cardiff 2 5 An explosion at a steelworks plant in Cardiff, South Wales, leaves two people dead and five injured.[14]
16 January 2016  Italy Arnasco 5 A suspected gas explosion in the Italian town of Arnasco kills at least five people.[15]
7 February 2016  United States Georgia 1 6 One person is killed and six others injured in an explosion at JCG Farms, an American feed mill near Atlanta, Georgia.[16]
25 February 2016  Russia Vorkuta 36 9 Vorkuta mine disaster
10 April 2016  India Paravur 107 350 Puttingal temple fire
20 April 2016  Mexico Coatzacoalcos 24 136 At least 24 people are killed, 136 others injured, and eight workers still missing from yesterday's blast at the major Clorados 3 petrochemical plant of Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo. Nineteen people remain hospitalized, with 13 in serious condition.[17]
1 June 2016  South Korea Seoul 4 10 A gas explosion at a subway construction site near the South Korean capital Seoul kills four workers and injures ten more.[18]
28 June 2016  Canada Mississauga 1 13 A huge explosion completely destroys a house and damages 24 others in Mississauga, Canada. At least one person is dead and 13 others are injured, according to Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. Thousands of residents are forced to evacuate and many spend the night at a local community shelter.[19][20]
1 July 2016  Hungary 4 1 Four Hungarian Defence Force soldiers are killed and one is injured following an explosion at a military firing range in eastern Hungary.[21]
11 August 2016  United States Silver Spring 4 34 An apartment building explosion in Silver Spring, Maryland, kills at least 4 and injures 34, with five to seven people missing. The blast has displaced more than 90 residents. Fire and rescue responded to "a smell of gas" on July 25. The cause of the explosion is being investigated.[22][23]
11 August 2016  China Dangyang 22 4 2016 Dangyang explosion: At least 21 people are killed and five are injured following an explosion at a power plant in the city of Dangyang, Hubei province in central China. The blast occurred around 3:20 p.m. local time, when a high-pressure steam pipe exploded, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency.[24]
26 August 2016  Belgium Chimay 1 4 An explosion at a sports centre in the Belgian town of Chimay kills one person and injures another four. A gas explosion is suspected to be the cause.[25]
10 September 2016  Bangladesh Dhaka 25 70 A boiler explodes causing a fire in a factory in the Bangladeshi city of Tongi killing at least 25 people and injures 70 others.[26]
11 September 2016  Benin Tori 8 0 At least 8 people die after an explosion occurred in Tori.[27]
4 October 2016  China Harbin 3 Unknown A series of explosions in an apartment building in Harbin, China, kills at least three people and injures dozens more.[28]
17 October 2016  Germany Ludwigshafen 2 6 An explosion and fire in Ludwigshafen, at the largest production site of BASF in Germany, kills at least two people and injures six more with two people still missing. BASF is the world's biggest chemical producer.[29]
23 October 2016  Japan Utsunomiya 1 2 Two explosions in a park in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, kill at least one person and injure two others.[30]
23 October 2016  Russia Ryazan 3 13 A gas explosion in the Russian city of Ryazan kills at least 3 people and injures 13 others[31]
1 November 2016  Pakistan Gadani 14 59 At least 14 people are killed and 59 burned when a gas cylinder explosion aboard an oil tanker causes a major fire at the ship-breaking yard in Gadani in Pakistan's Balochistan Province. Dozens other workers remain missing as many injured are transferred to hospitals in nearby Karachi.[32][33]
6 November 2016  Russia Ivanovo 6 4 Explosion killed 6 people in Ivanovo a city in Russia.[34]
17 November 2016  Mozambique Caphiridzange 73 Unknown Caphiridzange explosion: At least 73 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a fuel tanker explosion in the town of Caphiridzange in Mozambique's Tete Province.[35]
10 December 2016  Bulgaria Hitrino 7 29 Hitrino train derailment: At least 7 people have been killed and 29 others are injured after an explosion caused by the derailment of a train carrying propane and butane in the Bulgarian village of Hitrino, near Shumen.[36]
11 December 2016  Kenya Nakuru County 42 50 2016 Naivasha Traffic Fireball: An oil tanker explodes on a main highway near Naivasha, Kenya, killing at least 42 people, according to the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre.[37]
20 December 2016  Mexico Tultepec 39 Unknown 2016 San Pablito Market fireworks explosion: An explosion at a fireworks market in the city of Tultepec near Mexico City, kills at least 35 people and injures dozens. Pyrotechnics is a major industry in Tultepec.[38]
23 February 2017  Pakistan Lahore 10 31 Lahore explosion : A blast left at least 10 people dead and another 30 were injured in Lahore.[39]
23 March 2017  Ukraine Balakliia 1 5 On 23 March 2017, 20,000 inhabitants of Balakliia were evacuated after a series of massive explosions erupted at a nearby arms depot of the Balakliya military installation, which stockpiles missile and artillery ammunition.[40] The disaster led to one civilian woman killed and five others injured.[41]
3 April 2017  United States St. Louis 3 4 A boiler explosion at a Missouri box company in St. Louis's historic Soulard neighborhood kills three people and injures four others.[42]

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