Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gas Bottle and Propane Accidents Attacks

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Propane bomb - Wikipedia A propane bomb is a type of improvised explosive device which uses commercially available bottled gas cylinders. The devices have been used in terror attacks and school bombing plots. A notable incident in which a propane bomb was used was during the Columbine High School massacre in which the two assailants ..

Vans and vehicles filled with propane tanks are rarely classified as terrorist weapons or attacks:
  1. March 21, 2018 Travis Air Force Base With Van packed with propane tanks bursts into flames by a former taxi driver Hafiz Kazi from India who has no connection to terrorists
  2. February 2, 2018 Shanghai Burning Van Tranporting Illegal Gas Canisters Crashed Into Pedestrians Near Park Not a Terrorist Attack by Chinese man while British PM Theresa May's visited Shanghai.
  3. Aug 24, 2017  Allah-Las concert in Rotterdam was canceled after Spanish police, investigating the Barcelona attacks tipped off Dutch police of a plan to bomb the concert.[14] A white van containing 100 butane canisters was found near the concert. but driver released after drunk, not explosives found besides gas canisters which were for repairs. The band used the word Allah, Arabic for God in the band name but had not realised it might cause offence.
  4. Aug 20, 2017 Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters - BBC News Jihadists planned for six months to fill three vans and carry out deadly attacks, police say.
  5. July 5, 2017 Car carrying propane tanks explodes after deliberately slamming into apartment building Authorities in Fort Pierce Florida say a man purposely rammed his car full of propane tanks into an apartment building, causing the vehicle to explode. Driver 31-year-old Carl Philbert, was upset over a fight he had with a woman he was in a relationship “He raced his car into this apartment where 5 people were, intending to kill them, blow the place up"
  6. Champs-Elysées: Armed man crashes car into police van in 'attempted terror attack the local Jun 19, 2017 armed man crashed his car that contained a gas canister into a police van. The driver
  7. Dec 21, 2016 Jaden Duong Gay Activist Christian Lobby Gas Bottle Van Attack on Austalian Christian Lobby A van loaded with gas bottles crashed into the Australian Christian lobby office in Canberra and exploded. Police determined it was not an ideological terrorist act 
  8. 4 September 2016 Notre Dame Cathedral bombing attempt  , a car containing seven canisters of gas and pages with Arabic writing was found parked near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. French Muslim teenager on the terrorism watch list after his car was found near the Notre Dame Cathedral with seven gas cylinders inside.  [13] associate of the car's owner, also known to police, was also arrested, may have been trying to carry out a test-run. one of the women detained in a police raid over a failed attack near Notre Dame Cathedral was engaged separately to two French extremists who themselves carried out deadly attacks this  woman was engaged to Larossi Abballa, who killed two police officials in Magnanville in June  also betrothed to Adel Kermiche, who slit the throat of an elderly French priest during morning Mass in July. current fiance was arrested on Thursday Ines Madani seemed to fullfil a role of recruiter and facilitator for these departures,' Paris female jihadist posed as man to recruit other women telegraph 19-year-old woman who allegedly led an all-female jihadist cell in France posed as a man to entice other women to join, it emerged on Saturday. Inès Madani took the nom de guerre of 'Abu Omar' on social networks as she tried to recruit women to carry out attacks in Paris including a failed car bombing . Ornella G (39 years old), Ines Madani (19 years old), and Sarah H (23 years old) are all a part of the cell that tried to carry out this attack. (csp) police officer was stabbed before shooting Ines Madani in the leg, leaving her wounded. All three women have claimed to be supporters of IS. inked to the terrorists’ networks of Hayat Boumeddiene,(wife of French terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly the perpetrator of the Charlie Hebdo attack.)  Larossi Abballa (murdered a police officer and his wife,) and Adel Kermiche (attack at a Normandy church, killing French priest Jacques Hamel.)  More than 200 have died in France over the 18 months due to terrorist attacks.
  9. May 19, 2012 Brindisi school bombing claimed the life of one 16-year-old female student and injured five others. It was originally blamed on the Mafia, but the confessing bomber revealed no convincing motive. three gas cylinder bombs hidden in a large rubbish bin exploded in front of the Morvillo Falcone high school
  10. September 1, 2010 James Lee, armed with two starting pistols, a pipe bomb, four propane tanks and an oxygen tank, took three people hostage during the Discovery Communications headquarters hostage crisis, but Lee was shot dead by police. Lee's motive was believed to have been grounded in environmental activism.[12]
    1. May 1, 2010 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt Islamist terrorist parked SUV filled with  propane and fertilizer fused by a cell phone and wristwatch
    2. 30 June 2007, Glasgow International Airport attack, a Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane tanks crashed into the entrance of the Glasgow International Airport. The attackers appear to have been Muslims unaffiliated with any organization who were disgruntled about the War on Terror taking place in the Middle East. close link was quickly established to the 2007 London car bombs the previous day with petrol cans, gas canisters and nails, with a mobile phone-based trigger.
    3. April 11, 2002 Ghriba synagogue bombing involved  natural gas truck fitted with explosives  loaded with propane tanks detonating with its driver outside a Jewish synagogue in Tunisia, killing 16 and wounding 26. The attack was funded by al-Qaeda, organised by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.[6][7]
    4. April 20, 1999 Columbine High School massacre, Harris and Klebold planted propane tanks in their cars, for use as car bombs.
    5. April 6, 1994, Hamas claimed responsibility for a car in Israel packed with nails and propane gas that exploded, killing the driver and seven people at a bus stop.[5]
    6. October 23, 1983 Beirut barracks bombings murdered 305 U.S. and French peacekeepers during the Lebanese Civil War with two truck bombs. The explosive mechanism was a gas-enhanced device consisting of compressed butane in canisters employed with Pentaerythritol tetranitrate to create a fuel-air explosive.[1][2] The bomb was carried on a layer of concrete covered with a slab of marble to direct the blast upward.[3] Despite the lack of sophistication and wide availability of its component parts, a gas-enhanced device can be a lethal weapon. These devices were similar to fuel-air or thermobaricweapons, explaining the large blast and damage.[4]
    Other bombings

    Jan 25, 2018  Bomb bandits hit third ATM with propane tank explosive  WEST JORDAN, Utah - Recognize anyone? The West Jordan Police Department is asking for your help identifying these suspects accused of trying to blow up another ATM.  third attempt to try to blow up an ATM by exploding a propane tank.


    Year 2018

    March 21, 2018 1 killed in apparent  not  terrorist car bomb attack Travis Air Force Base Vehicle With Propane Tanks Explodes At Gate A former taxi driver from India who lives in the San Francisco bay area 51-year-old Hafiz Kazi packed up his minivan with  five propane tanks, three gallon-size gasoline cans, and several cigarette lighters.  He had a gasoline can on his lap that he set ablaze when he approached and then  roared through the Travis Air Force Base checkpoint when he  crashed and died . Originally treated as a suspected terrorist attack, investigators sent in a bomb squad, but could find no jihad videos on his phone, nor any connections to terrorists, so his motive remains a total mystery.  Trivia: Hafiz is a Muslim name meaning keeper or guardian. Looks very similar to Shanghai attack which wasn't a terrorist attack either.

    February 2, 2018 Shanghai Burning Van With Gas Canisters Crash Into Pedestrians Not Attack A van carrying six people and several tanks of explosive gas caught fire as it swerved and crashed into the sidewalk next to a Starbucks near a popular park. The crash coincides with British PM Theresa May's visit to Shanghai. Fire was caused by driver smoking cigarette inside vehicle. Daily Star headline asked if the van crash was terror vehicle and propane tank attack? named only as Chen by police, was smoking behind the wheel while transporting hazardous gas canisters “illegally”The man, a mental worker who has no criminal record, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and illegal transport of dangerous substances, local media reported. Police have ruled out terrorism and believe it was an accident. Several pedestrians rushed to break the car window to pull out the apparently unconsciously driver Alternative theory - it looks like a clandestine attack. The driver did not give any political motive but did not explain why he illegally packed with van with exposive gas canisters, set them afire by illegal smoking, then illegally swerved into the sidewalk and ran over 18 people.

    Year 2016

    Dec 21, 2016 Van packed with gas bottles crashes into Australian Christian lobby . fox news   A van loaded with gas bottles crashed on Wednesday into the Australian Christian lobby office in Canberra and exploded, The Sun reported. Shelton also tweeted out a picture of the decimated van and called the vehicle a “car bomb.”  no determination had been made on whether the incident was intentional or accidental, officials state “There are no public safety issues"  just hours after a minivan drove into a farmer’s market in Beijing, killing at least four people. The driver had been detained in that episode, and authorities had not yet determined if the minivan driver deliberately aimed for the crowd.
    Year 2015

    August 27, 2015 Motel 6 Explosion In Bremerton, Wash. Caused By Family Stepping on Gas Pipes to Escape Domestic Fight  hngn: A stepfather who stood on a gas pipe after he tried to help his stepdaughter escape during a family dispute, caused an explosion at a hotel in ...Police: Man stepped on gas line before Motel 6 explosion ... Kitsap Sun Police: Man stepped on gas line before Motel 6 explosion ... her mother, and had rented a room at the Motel 6 at the behest of her stepfather.
    1 explosion, 1 vehicle attack, 1 killed, decapitated 2 arrested in Islamist terrorist attack June 26, 2015 American gas factory explodes after car smashes into a gas tanks at an American gas factory in France. A decapitated head and terrorist flags and messages were posted

    1 injured, buildings destroyed May 13, 2015 Unexplained driver hits American Legion propane tank in Delhi NY; explosion causes burns  WBNG-TV - (WBNG Binghamton) A Delhi man received severe burns after his car hit a propane tank at the American Legion causing the tank to explode. Joseph Mueller, 19... crash happened Wednesday around 8:25 p.m. at the American Legion... driving a minivan when for "unknown reasons" the vehicle went off of the road and "accidentally" hit a 1,000 gallon propane tank behind the American Legion. Three storage buildings behind the American Legion were destroyed due to flames. The American Legion hall and pavilion were also damaged by the fire.

    Year 2014

    News van hijacking caught on tape before suspect "accidentally" crashes into propane tank .Nov 7, 2014 - An Australian man is facing a slew of charges after allegedly hijacking a news van at gunpoint and leading police on a wild chase before crashing into a propane tank. The bizarre incident started around 4:40 a.m. in Noosa Heads, Queensland, about two hours north of Brisbane
    September 7, 2014   0 injuries, building destroyed Man Accidentally Rams Gas Meter Explosion Destroys Kentucky Hotel  A Kentucky hotel was destroyed in an explosion Sunday, after a driver "accidentally" drove into a gas meter, authorities said. 

    1 house, 1 car destroyed May 16, 2014 May 2014 Car With Parking Brake Off Rolls Into Garage, Gas Meter Explodes In Calabasas, California a neighbor’s car was parked on the hill apparently without its parking brake on rolled down the hill, crashed into the garage of a man named Brandon and knocked the gas meter loose, triggering the explosion. There were no injuries, but the house was a total loss.

    May 12, 2014 Cop Shot Before New Hampshire Home Exploded A police officer with two teenage daughters was shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute in New Hampshire Monday that ended with the home blowing up

    3 buildings destroyed, 40 damaged April 25, 2014 North Bend WA Multiple Building Explosion In North Bend, Washington an explosion rocked a gas station and flattened or severely damaged 3 other buildings. Over 40 buildings nearby were damaged, some condemned. The cause under investigation might have been gas from a newly installed line. Since the blast was at 3 in the morning there were no injuries, even as a baby across the street was covered in shattered glass

    Year 2013
    Mysterious Propane gas explosions in SW Conn. September 17, 2013

    July 8, 2013 Driver Accidentally Drives Around Barrier and Rams Massive Propane Tanks Behind Virginia K-Mart Teen driver Hunter Minor loses control in a low speed parking lot behind a K-Mart. To avoid hitting the ditch, he swerves behind the barriers protecting six massive submarine style propane tanks. He hits one of the large tanks, and runs as a leak causes a massive evacuation as a massive explosion and fire is averted. He is charged only with reckless driving.

    Condo complex, school affected after car hits gas meters ...Orange County Register Jul 30, 2014 - At around 10:15 a.m., the Orange County Fire Authority received a report of a car hitting the 12-unit Clifton complex and a row of gas meters ...

    July 30, 2013 Blue Rhino Propane Plant Blows Up Explosions destroy the Blue Rhino propane refilling gas plant in Tavares Florida. At least 8 were injured, five critically

    May 20, 2013 UK: Was fatal Newark blast caused by father trying to fit new central heating?
     Retired company director died alongside his daughter-in-law Blast destroyed terraced house in Newark, Nottinghamshire Leslie Rourke, 71, and daughter-in-law Jeanette Rourke, 40, were killed
    Jeanette's husband Nick, 42,  remains in hospital A huge explosion which killed two people could have been caused by an amateur plumber installing new radiators. Leslie Rourke, 71, was helping his son, Nick, renovate his central heating system when the blast reduced the mid-terrace house to rubble.

    Year 2012

    UK: Oldham gas explosion: Andrew Partington admits to cutting gas pipes to his home which destroyed 4 homes UK Daily MailNov 28, 2012 - Unemployed father of six, 27, admits cutting gas pipes in his home which ... survey the scene of the explosion where four houses once stood.

    Aug. 29, 2012. Sunny Valley Road in New Milford. Anthony Fratino III is killed in an explosion from a liquid propane gas leak in the basement, Fratino and the home's owner, John Wilkinson, were investigating an odor of gas when an unidentified ignition source set off the catastrophic explosion that demolished the home...gas leak was caused by an open, abandoned liquid propane gas line that had not been properly capped some nine years earlier when a gas dryer was removed.

    Sept. 10. 2012. 67 Wopowog Trail house, Shelton. An unsecured propane gas line resulted in the explosion that critically injured three men, including two gas company workers hooking up new tanks for propane gas..found that a line that once supplied gas to a dryer in the basement was not secured and gas was pumping into the basement. He shut off the line and aired out the house. ...ignited the pilot light. The explosion followed.

    2008-2012 Before the incidents in Shelton and New Milford, there hadn't been a residential propane gas explosion in about four years in this SW Conn

    Year 2010

     ‎Saturday, May 1, 2010 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt - Wikipedia That would have created an explosion that would then have in turn set off the propane and the fertilizer. A cell phone and wristwatch recovered from the vehicle may have been intended as separate timing/triggering devices. The maker of the "bomb" incorrectly surmised that the urea/sugar mixture fertilizer would work like ...
    March 9, 2010 Gas Pedal Confusion Rams Propane Tanks at K-Mart In Camarillo California, a 78 year old driver Patricia Oakman Ashbrook accidentally hit the gas pedal of her Toyota Avalon in reverse, damaging three cars. Then she shifted into drive at full throttle, accidentally ramming a rack of filled propane tanks which did not explode. A shaken and shocked witness described hearing "squealing and the crunching, like she was doing 80 to 90 mph". Officers blamed the driver as the car checked out with no problems.

    Year 1999

    April 20, 1999  The Bombs: The Columbine Guide-Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold Sue Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planned Columbine primarily as a bombing. The timers were set to begin with the eruption of two big propane bombs in the cafeteria at 11:17 a.m. That was the start of "A" lunch, the maximum human density anytime, anywhere in the school on any given day. Maximum body count. Eric and ...Columbine High School massacre - Wikipedia When the cafeteria bombs failed to explode, Harris and Klebold convened and walked toward the school. Both armed, they climbed to the top of the ... Officials speculated that Klebold went to the cafeteria to check on the propane bombs. Harris shot down the steps at several ... ‎April 20, 1999 At last we know why the Columbine killers did it. Slate Apr 20, 2004 - Klebold boasted on video about inflicting "the most deaths in U.S. history." Columbine was intended not primarily as a shooting at all, but as a bombing on a massive scale. If they hadn't been so bad at wiring the timers, the propane bombs they set in the cafeteria would have wiped out 600 people.