Plastic barrel explodes, killing 3

By NICHOLAS KAMM, Associated Press The plastic barrel of a plastic barrel exploded Monday in the town of Newburgh, New York, killing three people and injuring several others.

The New York City Fire Department reported that three people were killed and six others were injured when a plastic container of gas exploded at a home near the town’s waterfront.

The cause of the blast is under investigation.

The town of about 2,000 residents, about 100 miles south of New York’s major ports, has been on lockdown for nearly three weeks as a precaution.