The blast was felt up to a mile away, and nearby homes had windows blown out.July 20, 2021, 8:58 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSix people were rushed to a hospital on Monday after a house exploded in a Dallas suburb, officials said.The explosion occurred at around 4:40 p.m. local time in a residential neighborhood of Plano, Texas, about 20 miles north of downtown Dallas. The blast was felt up to a mile away by residents as well as staff at a public library, and homes across the street from the exploded house had windows blown out, according to Plano Fire-Rescue.One resident was inside the home that exploded and was transported to a local hospital for their injuries. Five people who live in the house next door were also injured and taken to the hospital. Three of the wounded were admitted to a children’s hospital, Plano Fire-Rescue said.One person who lives in the home on the other side of the exploded house was not injured by the blast, according to Plano Fire-Rescue.In addition to investigators from Plano Fire-Rescue, representatives from Atmos Energy and Oncor Electric along with the Plano Police Department’s bomb squad were all on scene trying to determine the cause of the explosion. The scene was later turned over to the Plano fire marshal and his investigators, with Atmos Energy remaining on site but all other agencies departing.”At this point, they do not know the cause and do not want to speculate,” Plano Fire-Rescue said in a statement on Monday night.Electricity and gas was shut off for the entire block until about 9:30 p.m. local time, when Atmos Energy and Oncor Electric determined it was safe to reinstate power and gas except for the exploded house and the two next door, according to Plano Fire-Rescue.Plano Mayor John Muns said investigators were “working diligently to determine the cause of the blast.””We are saddened by today’s tragedy of a house explosion in our city,” Muns said in a statement on Monday evening. “Several of our residents were injured. We are keeping them and their families close to our hearts and hoping for a swift and full recovery.”
If convicted, he could face up to a year in prison and $50,000 in fines.June 22, 2021, 9:33 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleA California man accused of stealing a rare lemur from the San Francisco Zoo could spend up to one year behind bars for violating the Endangered Species Act, federal prosecutors said Monday.Cory John McGilloway, 31, of Los Angeles, allegedly kidnapped a 21-year-old male ring-tailed lemur named Maki from the San Francisco Zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest on Oct. 13, 2020, according to prosecutors. Maki was reported missing the next morning and investigators discovered evidence of a forced entry to his enclosure, triggering a frantic search for the animal, which zoo officials described as “highly endangered” and requiring “special care.” The zoo, which is home to just four ring-tailed lemurs, also announced a $2,100 reward for information leading to Maki’s safe return.Two days after the alleged theft, a woman recorded video of a man — whom prosecutors believe is McGilloway — walking a lemur — thought to be Maki — on a leash on Treasure Island, about two miles off San Francisco’s mainland shore. Later that day, a 5-year-old boy spotted Maki unattended at a playground in Daly City, about 10 miles southwest of San Francisco. The lemur, who was hungry, dehydrated and agitated, was rescued and returned to the San Francisco Zoo, prosecutors said.That night, police arrested McGilloway in San Rafael, about 18 miles northwest of San Francisco. Police were responding to a report of shoplifting when they allegedly saw McGilloway driving a stolen dump truck, according to prosecutors.McGilloway made an appearance at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California via video link from a Los Angeles jail on Monday. He was arraigned on one misdemeanour count of violating the Endangered Species Act, a federal offense. If convicted, he could have to pay as much as $50,000 in fines in addition to facing up to a year in prison.ABC News has reached out to McGilloway’s public defender for comment.Native to Madagascar, the world’s second-largest island nation, ring-tailed lemurs are listed as “endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Almost a third of all lemur species in Madagascar, located off Africa’s southeast coast, are considered “critically endangered” — just one step away from extinction — with 103 of the 107 surviving species threatened with extinction, mainly due to deforestation and hunting, according to the IUCN.ABC News’ Alex Stone contributed to this report.