Parks, schools shut in California after asbestos found in burned World War II-era blimp hangar

Nov 9, 2023, 8:44 AM

Orange County firefighters battle a fire affecting the north hangar at the Tustin Air Base in Tusti...

Orange County firefighters battle a fire affecting the north hangar at the Tustin Air Base in Tustin, Calif. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Register via AP)

(Paul Bersebach/The Orange County Register via AP)

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Parks and schools were closed Thursday in a Southern California city after officials found asbestos in the charred debris of an historic World War II-era blimp hangar.

The city of Tustin closed at least nine parks and urged residents to limit outdoor activities to reduce their exposure to ash after asbestos was detected in preliminary samples of ash and debris.

Schools were closed Thursday to ensure student safety in the Tustin Unified School District some 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles. A Veteran’s Day event planned for Saturday was canceled.

The blaze broke out early Tuesday at the massive wooden hangar, which was one of two built in 1942 by the U.S. Navy to house military blimps. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Southern California air quality regulators will continue to analyze samples from areas around the hangar for toxic gases and metals, the city said in a statement.

United States News

Associated Press

Ferry operators around the country to receive $200M in federal grants to modernize fleets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Biden administration will issue $200 million in grants to modernize the country’s ferry systems, officials announced Thursday. The grant program will focus on expanding ferry service in rural communities, helping them acquire modern ferries, including electric boats, and upgrading shore infrastructure to support low-emission ferry service, officials said. Twelve ferry […]

28 minutes ago

Associated Press

Former ambassador and Republican politician sues to block Tennessee voting law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Ambassador to Poland and longtime Tennessee Republican politician Victor Ashe sued state election officials on Wednesday over a law he claims is so vague that he could be prosecuted for voting in a Republican primary. The 1972 state law requiring primary voters to be “bona fide” party members or “declare […]

42 minutes ago

Associated Press

Ex of man charged with shooting Palestinian students had police remove his gun from her home in 2013

An ex-girlfriend of the man charged with shooting and wounding three college students of Palestinian descent in Vermont asked police 10 years ago to remove his gun from her home after she said the couple had split up and she did not feel safe returning it herself, according to police. The Syracuse, New York, woman […]

58 minutes ago


KTAR Video

Video: Reaction to Lori Vallow Daybell being booked into Phoenix jail after extradition from Idaho

Lori Vallow Daybell, known as the “Doomsday Mom,” was booked into a Phoenix jail Thursday morning after extradition from Idaho. Mike Broomhead reacts.

2 hours ago

Associated Press

North Carolina trial judges block election board changes made by Republican legislature

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina trial judges on Thursday blocked portions of a new law that would transfer Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s authority to pick election board members to the Republican-dominated General Assembly. Following a 90-minute hearing, the three state judges agreed unanimously to issue a preliminary injunction sought by Cooper. His lawyers argued […]

2 hours ago


KTAR Video

Video: How much housing is being built to deal with the increase of people moving to Arizona?

As more people decide to move to Arizona from California, Washington and Texas, the creation of housing continues to increase. Jim Sharpe considers what happens to the inflow and outflow of people moving in and around the 48th state in Thursday’s Sharper Point.

3 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @KTAR923...

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Follow @KTAR923...

West Hunsaker at Morris Hall supports Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona

KTAR's Community Spotlight this month focuses on Morris Hall and its commitment to supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Arizona.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University: innovating Arizona health care education

Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus near Loop 101 and 59th Avenue is an established leader in health care education and one of Arizona’s largest and most valuable health care resources.

Parks, schools shut in California after asbestos found in burned World War II-era blimp hangar