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Overnight, lawmakers needed permission to exit the chamber. Some slept at their desks, listened to IPods or read. Others huddled on the Capitol balcony drinking wine and beer from plastic cups.

Blast injures four at Colorado plant

BERTHOUD, Colo. — A chlorine explosion at a water-treatment plant injured four persons Friday and heavily damaged the facility, authorities said.

No water-quality problems are expected because other plants in the system were still operating, said Judy Dahl, business manager for the Little Thompson Water District.

A truck was unloading chemicals at the Carter Lake Filtration Plant, about 40 miles north of Denver, when the explosion happened, Miss Dahl said. Chlorine is used to disinfect water, but is toxic as a gas and poses a risk of fire and explosion.

Berthoud Fire spokeswoman Chloe McKinley said the explosion was caused because chemicals being unloaded at the plant were not compatible with other chemicals.

Woman burns self playing with lighter

LA PLATA, N.M. — A 19-year-old woman caught fire while she was fiddling with a cigarette lighter as she pumped gas, authorities said.

Brianna Sanchez was at a Sun Dial gas station with her boyfriend Friday night when the incident occurred, said Sgt. Jackie Budd, a spokesman with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

He said witnesses reported the woman was pumping gas and that she had a lighter in her hand. Then, flames shot out of the gas tank.

The woman and the immediate area caught fire. A person at the scene put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

Miss Sanchez was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center with burns to her face and upper torso. Sgt. Budd didn’t know the extent of her injuries.

Man spreads fire with hay wagon

HART TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A panicking man left a blazing trail behind him as he dashed across the countryside looking for a hose to put out his burning hay wagon, authorities said.

The man had trouble with the brakes on the hay-filled wagon being towed by his truck Thursday afternoon in Hart Township, about 190 miles northwest of Detroit.

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