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Flushing acid down the toilet: lab cleanup forces US 287 shutdow
The closure of a highway and forced evacuation of residents have shaken up the small ranching and farming town of Norris, pop. 109. The town sits about 40 minutes southeast of Bozeman.

On July 17th, residents in Norris were alerted to the efforts of a federal hazardous substance cleanup in town when a mandatory evacuation was ordered and Highway 287 – which winds through the small community – was closed.

Many of the residents likely wouldn’t have paid much attention to the cleanup at all, had it not been for a group of chemicals that were so dangerous, they had to be blown-up onsite by a bomb squad.

The environmental officials' original plan for the Norris Lab was to move all of the chemicals to a secure site in an isolated field where they would be detonated safely. However, some of the chemicals were so volatile that the risk of transporting them was too great, and experts decided to do a controlled detonation at the site of the lab.

Says On-Scene Coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Craig Myer, the chemicals are “so sensitive that even opening the container, the friction from the cap moving, can be enough to initiate an explosion.”
us_MT  laboratory  follow-up  environmental  bomb 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Explosion Rocks East Boston Apartment; Man Arrested
BOSTON, MA — An East Boston man is facing charges after allegedly causing an explosion early Sunday morning that police said was not related to terrorism. Tomas Mikula, 28, was arrested after an explosion at 88 Webster Street caused "major internal and structural damage. Mikula lives on the second floor of that building.

Mikula was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Before being hospitalized, police said he told them the explosion started in his apartment, where police allegedly later found firearms and ammunition.

A bomb squad sweep of his apartment found materials that are usually connected to explosive devices. A search warrant sweep ended in the seizure of PVC tubing and chemical compounds, materials commonly used for homemade explosives.

Police said they also found two handguns, a rifle, and over 100 rounds of ammunition.

Mikula is charged with unlawful possession of explosives, unlawful possession of an incendiary device, willful ignition/discharge of a destructive or incendiary device, two counts unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a high capacity firearm.

us_MA  public  explosion  injury  bomb  explosives  illegal 
6 weeks ago by dchas
2 men connected in acid-bomb standoff to face judge
ORLANDO, Fla. -- On Wednesday, two men accused of setting off acid bombs inside a home near Baldwin Park are expected to face a judge. 

Beach Boulevard was locked down for 12 hours during a standoff as hazmat crews and deputies tried to get one of the men behind the acid bombs to leave the home.

The acid bombs were homemade and are no bigger than a water bottle, but they can still cause a lot of damage, according to authorities.   

Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office were called out before 9:30 a.m. after neighbors reported hearing several loud explosions coming from inside a home at 4445 Beach Blvd. 

When deputies got to the home they found two acid bombs, which deputies say could cause a lot of harm to people in the area near the home. 
us_FL  public  explosion  response  bomb 
10 weeks ago by dchas
Austin bombings: 4th blast leads police to believe a 'serial bomber' is on the loose - CNN
An indiscriminate wake-up call
Many minority residents in Austin have been on edge since the bombings started, as the first three bombings killed or wounded minorities.
Several residents under lockdown Monday said they were stunned the latest attack happened in their neighborhood.
Unlike the first three bombings, which happened in east Austin, the latest attack happened in a predominately white part of town.
Eliza May said because the first three bombings happening on the east side of the city, in predominately minority areas, she hadn't been following the news closely.

Related Article: These Austin residents fear attacks are racially motivated

May said as a resident of the affluent Travis Country neighborhood, she assumed she had nothing to worry about.
"We feel safe. This isn't something that you'd expect around here," May told CNN.
Now, "it's obvious that you have to be alert."
"This was a random bomb," she said. "This could have been any one of us."
Neighbor Shonda Mace said the bombing "is going to be life-changing event for our neighborhood."
"I'm scared about what's going to happen next," she said.
racism  violence  Texas  Austin  bomb 
12 weeks ago by bdwc
Major fire breaks out in TBRL forest area
A major fire broke out in the forest area of Terminal Ballistic Research Laboratory (TBRL), Ramgarh, near Panchkula.
The fire broke out around 4 pm and it was still on till the filing of the report.
Around eight fire brigade vehicles, including five from the Panchkula fire station, had been sent to the TBRL to douse the flames.
However, no loss of life was reported in the incident.
The Panchkula fire station claimed that they had received a call at 7:10 pm. The TBRL too has its own three fire tenders.
The fire is at distance from the residential area of the TBRL.
“There is no need to panic. Around 4 pm, we had tested a high-calibre warhead. It is of 200 kg. Its splinters spread to a large area. There were dry grass which caught fire. Within 15 minutes, the fire would be completely extinguished,” said TBRL Director Dr Manjit Singh.
He said: “The TBRL is fully capable to extinguish the fire. We have our own fire tenders. The civil administration did send five fire tenders but they were not used.”
The TBRL is a Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory near Billa village in Panchkula. It is a testing facility and a high-risk area. Adjacent to the TBRL, there is an ITBP camp also.
India  laboratory  fire  response  bomb 
may 2018 by dchas
Wisconsin Firefighters Burn Apartment Building Due to Volatile Chemicals
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Bomb technicians from the FBI conducting a final sweep of the apartment building where a fatal explosion occurred last week were able to retrieve some important items for tenants who were not allowed to collect personal belongings.
The technicians were sweeping the building for ammunitions and hazardous materials prior to Thursday's controlled burn of the building. Because of the volatility of the chemicals inside the building, residents had to leave behind family heirlooms, important papers, jewelry and other belongings.
The city said Thursday the bomb technicians were able to grab some important property on behalf of the tenants.
Authorities set a controlled fire Thursday to burn the chemicals that could not be removed because of their volatility. The explosion March 5 killed one tenant, 28-year-old Benjamin Morrow, who police believe was making bombs.
us_WI  public  follow-up  environmental  bomb 
march 2018 by dchas
Bomb squad searches Morgan Hill home where explosions reported
Authorities are searching a home on McLaughlin Court, just north of downtown Morgan Hill, for explosive material and bomb-making supplies.
As of 11:30am March 13, the street that spans less than a block and ends in a cul-de-sac was closed with crime scene tape while police served a search warrant. Morgan Hill Police called in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad to conduct the search. CalFire’s hazardous materials team was also at the scene.
The search was prompted by two explosions that occurred less than four hours apart in the area of the McLaughlin Court home March 12, according to Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Troy Hoefling.
About 2:45pm March 12, a nearby resident called police to report “a firework or explosion,” Hoefling said. Officers responded but did not find a source of the disturbance at that time.
Then about 6pm March 12, another resident called to report a “louder explosion” than the previous one, Hoefling said. That caller offered more details, including the sighting of a puff of smoke from a specific residence following the explosion.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  bomb 
march 2018 by dchas

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