On Thursday, the NYPD arrested five people in connection with the East Village gas explosion that killed two people and leveled three buildings last spring. Four were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors said that the building owner’s greed and willingness to take shortcuts caused the loss of life.
In 2013, fifteen people were killed and more than 260 injured after a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, exploded. Investigators still have not determined the cause of the fire that triggered the explosion, but a federal report released last week found that 19 plants in Texas alone are located in similarly dangerous proximity—less than half a mile—to schools, nursing homes, and housing.
This video, shot earlier this year in Italy and uploaded today by a pyrotechnics enthusiast, shows what happens when an entire fireworks display accidentally goes up at once. To sum up: Holy shit. You'll want to turn the volume down a little bit for this one.