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Kietzke near Mill back open after hazmat investigation
RENO, NV (KOLO) - The Reno Fire Department has identified the chemical that prompted a hazmat investigation, closing down a portion of Kietzke Lane near Mill Street Thursday afternoon.

The first calls came in around 12PM August 8, 2019.

The fire department says two workers were in a drain pipe when they started to feel nauseous. They were reportedly exposed to ethylene oxide, a colorless gas with a sweet ether-like odor. They were taken to a hospital. No update on their conditions has been released.

Earlier, police asked surrounding businesses to keep people inside during the investigation.

Kietzke between Mill and Automotive Way was closed for about two hours, but has since reopened.

Authorities are trying to determine how the chemicals got into the sewer system. They said it poses no risk to the public. Reno Public Works and the Washoe District Health Department are working to take care of the issue.
us_NV  public  release  injury  ethylene_oxide 
10 days ago by dchas
Two Hazmat Situations Close Interstate 80
There were two hazmat situations Sunday on Interstate 80 in eastern Nevada. The first was near Emigrant Pass in Eureka County about 20 miles west of Carlin involving two tractor-trailer rigs. One rig hit the back of tractor-trailer with sulfuric acid and breached the tank, causing a spill on the road. Both drivers were taken for medical treatment as a precautionary measure. Then, at about 12:13 p.m. on Sunday, a trailer lost lime powder about 20 miles east of the Elko County border. Only the exit was closed as the lime was washed off the road and the ramp was reopened by 3 p.m.
us_NV  transportation  release  injury  dust  sulfuric_acid 
13 days ago by dchas
Reno Fire locate pipe leak releasing refrigerant
RENO, Nev. (News 4-Fox 11) — The Reno Fire Department says the Hazmat situation inside the Walmart store on Kietzke Lane in south Reno turned out to be a pipe leaking refrigerant.

Fire officials said at around 7:47 p.m. they received reports on some sort of white fog in the refrigeration room.

When HAZMAT team arrived on scene, they discovered that a faulty pipe was releasing refrigerant. Reno Fire says crews were able to mitigate the leak as of 10:18 p.m.

RFD said no injuries were reported and the store was evacuated during the investigation. Walmart was reopened at 10:30 p.m. to the public.
us_NV  public  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
25 days ago by dchas
Train Carrying Explosives, Military Weapons Derails Near Nevada Interstate
A cargo train carrying military weapons and hazardous material derailed in northeast Nevada on Wednesday morning, prompting a highway closure as emergency workers rushed to contain the site, authorities said.

The 22-car train flew off the rails around 11:20 a.m. Pacific Time, leaving several cars in a crumpled heap along the tracks near the city of Wells. Nearby Interstate 80 shut down in both directions for nearly an hour.

“There were some small arms munitions and explosives on the train,” Lt. Kevin McKinney with the Elko County Sheriff’s Office told HuffPost.

An earlier broadcast by Elko County Public Safety specified some of the cargo as sodium nitrate, hand grenades, bombs and fuel.

All of the potentially lethal cargo was stored in the back of the train and not impacted by the derailment, “so we’re fortunate there,” McKinney said.
us_NV  transportation  release  response  explosives  sodium_nitrate 
8 weeks ago by dchas
No injuries reported in hazmat situation in west Reno
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) The Reno Fire Department says no one was hurt in a hazmat situation late Monday, December 3, 2018.

Crews responded to Garlock Printing and Converting on Woodland Avenue in west Reno just before 11:15 p.m.

A battalion chief tells us something went wrong during a chemical process and vapors were released inside the building. We're told air scrubbers inside helped keep the situation under control.

Reno Fire says 18 employees were inside the building at the time. They were checked by paramedics at the scene, but no one was taken to a hospital.
us_NV  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
december 2018 by dchas
What to know about PEPCON explosions 30 years later
Thirty years ago on May 4, 1988, the Las Vegas valley was rocked by three massive explosions. A fire that started inside a building at Pacific Engineering and Production Corporation (PEPCO) in Henderson resulted in 3 explosions.

Here is a quick list of interesting facts about the incident:

1. PEPCON produced ammonium perchlorate, which is a chemical found in solid rocket fuel.
2. Because of the Challenger explosion in January 1986, there was a large amount of ammonium pechlorate at the plant at the time.
3. It was the largest domestic, non-nuclear explosion in recorded history at that time, according to NASA.
4. The explosions coule be felt 10 miles away. The two biggest blasts measured 3.0 and 3.5 on the Richter scale at observatories in California and Colorado.
us_NV  industrial  follow-up  environmental 
may 2018 by dchas
Gardnerville man indicted for butane hash explosion
RENO – A Gardnerville man was arrested and made his initial appearance in federal court on Thursday for causing an explosion at his apartment while trying to illegally make butane hash oil, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.

Adam Fitzgerald-Wermes, 22, was arrested on suspicion of one count of endangering human life while manufacturing a controlled substance. United States District Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke scheduled a jury trial to begin on May 8.

According to the indictment, on January 14, Fitzgerald-Wermes allegedly caused an explosion in his kitchen by trying to make butane hash oil containing a high potency of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The chemical extraction process is dangerous because it involves the use of butane, a highly flammable and odorless gas, to burn parts of marijuana to draw concentrated THC from the plant into a wax-like substance. THC is a psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces the "high" feeling users seek.
us_NV  public  explosion  response  butane  clandestine_lab 
march 2018 by dchas
Blast rocks TIMET plant near Henderson – Las Vegas Review-Journal
An explosion rocked the TIMET plant Wednesday morning near downtown Henderson, officials said.
The explosion occurred about 8:15 a.m. at the plant, 181 N. Water St., Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said.
The explosion was contained to the plant and did not cause a fire or release hazardous material, she said.
Two people suffered minor injuries, but did not need medical treatment, the Henderson Fire Department tweeted.
The explosion occurred during a magnesium recycling operation, which is part of the manufacturing process of titanium, TIMET spokesman David Dugan said. The plant produces titanium that is used in airplanes and other industries.
“It was loud, but it caused minimal damage,” Dugan said.
Dugan said TIMET will investigate the explosion.
Henderson residents reported hearing the blast from a dozen miles away from the plant at the Black Mountain Industrial Complex, a county island inside Henderson.
us_NV  industrial  explosion  response  magnesium  waste 
january 2018 by dchas
Hotel clerk may lose sight after toilet bowl cleaner attack – Las Vegas Review-Journal
A Las Vegas extended-stay hotel desk clerk may have been blinded after a tenant allegedly threw toilet bowl cleaner in his face last month.
Christopher King, 60, faces charges of mayhem and battery in connection with the attack at the Town and Country Manor, 4311 Boulder Highway. He was arrested Dec. 30, the same day Kenneth O’Brien landed in the intensive care unit at University Medical Center with chemical burns.
At 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 30, Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to the complex after several 911 callers reported hearing O’Brien yelling for help inside the complex’s front office.
When officers arrived, the 61-year-old victim, who police said was bleeding from the mouth, identified King as the man who had attacked him. He told officers “his face was on fire, his mouth was on fire, his eyes were on fire,” a police document detailed.
us_NV  public  follow-up  injury  cleaners 
january 2018 by dchas
Officials: HAZMAT leak reported at facility near Charleston and
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
HAZMAT officials responded to a chemical leak at a food processing plant near Charleston Boulevard and Commerce Street Wednesday.

Las Vegas Fire Department official were on scene around 6 p.m. for what appeared to be a ammonia leak at the facility located at 123 West Colorado Avenue, authorities said.
us_NV  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
december 2017 by dchas
I-80 in Northern Nevada Shut Down after Haz Mat Spill
WELLS, NV (KLIX) At this time, Interstate 80 in northern Nevada is closed and traffic is being diverted onto area highways after a hazmat spill earlier today. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the interstate is closed in both directions between Elko and Wells. About 51,000 gallons of ammonium bisulfite spilled from a semi truck that overturned. A team is on scene trying to clear the spill, but NHP says the roadway will be closed until Thursday morning. Meanwhile, traffic is being rerouted onto Highway 93 to Ely, west on Highway 50 to Eureka and north on State Highway 278 to Carlin. For Nevada road conditions on updates, you can call 877-687-6237. NHP provided a map of the detours on their Facebook page:
us_NV  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
october 2017 by dchas
Fire at lithium mine prompts evacuation scare in Nevada town – Las Vegas Review-Journal
A fire at the nation’s only lithium mine nearly forced the evacuation of the Esmeralda County town of Silver Peak on Monday.
Esmeralda County Sheriff Ken Elgan said about 100 barrels of lithium stored at the Rockwood mine, 215 miles northwest of Las Vegas, caught fire and burned for around eight hours.
Authorities had a school bus ready to clear out some residents in the event that noxious smoke from the fire began to blow in the direction of Silver Peak, about 4 miles away.
“We were prepared to evacuate the town if the winds changed,” Elgan said. “Mother Nature worked in our favor.”
Silver Peak is home to about 100 people.
A hazardous materials crew contracted out of Las Vegas was on the scene of the metal fire on Tuesday cleaning up the mess, Elgan said.
us_NV  industrial  fire  response  lithium 
august 2017 by dchas
'Spontaneous ingnition' of oily rags sparked house fire in south Reno
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The "spontaneous ignition" of oil-stained rags started a fire that destroyed a south Reno home and injured one firefighter, according to the city's fire marshal.
The house fire was reported just after 3 p.m. on Monday, June 19, on Oakhaven Drive. Two people have been displaced, and a pet is still missing.
Fire Marshal Tray Palmer said in a statement that investigators found a pile of the rags on the exterior deck. The rags ignited and the fire spread to surrounding combustible material, reaching the attic through an exterior eave.
"Spontaneous Ignition is the initiation of combustion of a material by an internal chemical or biological reaction that has produced sufficient heat to ignite the material," Palmer said.
us_NV  public  fire  injury  other_chemical 
june 2017 by dchas
Chemical spill reported at Tesla Gigafactory near Reno
Several Tesla employees were hospitalized Monday after a chemical spill was reported at the Tesla Gigafactory east of Reno, according to Tesla officials.  

The Storey County Fire Department's hazardous materials team responded to the spill of a standard construction cleaning solvent at about 12:45 p.m. Monday, according to Joe Curtis, the county's emergency operations director.

"There's no threat to the public, there's no plume, it's in an isolated area near a vehicle," Curtis said. 

The chemical was contained in a 55-gallon drum that toppled over at one of the loading docks on-site. 

Per Tesla's safety protocols, a small portion of the Gigafactory was evacuated and "a couple of employees who may have been exposed are being transferred to the local hospital," a local spokesperson said in an email late Monday afternoon.

About nine factory employees reported symptoms such as upset stomachs after being exposed to the chemical, according to Curtis. The clean up effort was expected to take several hours, but officials did not believe that it would affect production. 
us_NV  industrial  release  injury  solvent 
april 2017 by dchas
HazMat Team Responds To Truck Accident
LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – At first, authorities believed a crash to be just a routine accident jamming up the intersection of West Cheyenne Avenue and North Grand Canyon Drive Tuesday morning. Then, local firefighters learned there were chemicals on the truck involved in the crash.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to a car crash around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived, they found a small truck on its side in the intersection.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash of a truck that hit a car with a woman inside. Both drivers were checked by paramedics on scene and released. The driver of the truck told firefighters at the scene there were some chemicals in the rear of the truck. After firefighters checked the air inside the truck with electronic air monitoring equipment, it indicated that there might be a possible leak. Before the truck could be righted, the chemicals had to be secured.

The LVFR Hazardous Materials Response team responded as well as a number of other support cars and personnel. A total of 35 personnel with 15 vehicles responded.

All roads leading to the intersection were closed and a few nearby residents and a school were told to stay put and not come out for awhile.
us_NV  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
march 2017 by dchas
Rags soaked in linseed oil spontaneously combust in Sparks fire
Sparks firefighters blamed rags drenched in linseed oil and spontaneous combustion for a fire that sparked at an apartment complex over the weekend.

The fire was reported at about 10 p.m. Sunday at the Ironhorse Village Condominiums on the corner of Sullivan Lane and G Street, according to Sparks Fire Department.

No injuries were reported, and no one was displaced.

Firefighters ruled the blaze as an “accident,” Fire Marshal Bob King said Monday.

“It’s a chemical reaction from linseed oil,” King said. “If the rags are bunched up, and they have the oil on them, they can retain heat. And after a while, they can combust if they’re not laid out properly.”
us_NV  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
january 2017 by dchas
Family displaced, classes canceled again after school mercury co
AS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Clark County School District said classes at Johnson Junior High School are canceled Monday after officials recovered upwards of a quarter of a cup of mercury. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 80 bags were brought in for testing over the weekend. 16 bags were being retested. 60 homes were evaluated and one family was asked to temporarily evacuate. 

"It is unclear where it was actually found because it was so high, so we can't pinpoint that. So, we're going to do another investigation," said Randy Nattis, of the EPA, in reference to the evacuated home. 

The EPA also inspected Kristina Langendorf's home, but she said it was cleared. 

"It was scary because I didn't know what to expect or what they were going to find," said Langendorf. 
us_NV  education  release  response  mercury 
september 2016 by dchas
Las Vegas Fire breaks down preparedness for hazmat situations -
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue called the mercury scare at Walter Johnson Middle School the largest decontamination incident in the department's history.

It took 17 hours to screen more than 1,200 students and staff members at the school.  No one was hurt during the mercury scare, but the situation has drawn questions about preparedness in the state.

So how prepared are first responders when it comes to handling hazardous events that could lead to mass casualties?

After the tragedy on 9/11, different agencies in the Las Vegas valley started doing annual training to respond to all types of mass casualty events, especially in areas of high concentration, like the Las Vegas Strip, but unlike a shooting or an earthquake, handling a hazmat situation is a slower and tedious process.   

Frustrations were running high as parents waited for numerous hours to pick up their children from the school after the mercury contamination.
us_NV  education  follow-up  response  mercury 
september 2016 by dchas
Lockdown at Las Vegas middle school extends well into night after mercury exposure
A Las Vegas middle school that canceled Thursday classes after a student brought mercury to school Wednesday morning remained on lockdown overnight as students waited to be screened for contamination.

The hazmat situation at Walter Johnson Junior High School, located near Buffalo and Alta drives, began shortly before noon Wednesday after the toxic substance was brought into the gym by a student, authorities said.

At least five children were exposed to the mercury. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said children were being screened for mercury residue by the Environmental Protection Agency and a fire department hazardous materials team before being released from school.

As of 8 p.m., several hundred students were still at the school waiting to be checked, officials said. As of about midnight, an unknown number of students remained on campus to be tested.
us_NV  education  release  response  mercury 
september 2016 by dchas
Chemical spill causes evacuation of Pahrump medical clinic
A Pahrump medical clinic was evacuated midday Tuesday and two workers were taken to the hospital after a chemical spill, according to a facility spokesman.

Two workers at Calvada Urgent Care, 1501 E. Calvada Blvd., were sent to the hospital as a precaution and later released after the spill of Cidex, a chemical disinfectant commonly used on medical equipment, said David Tauchen, a spokesman for DaVita Healthcare Partners.

Tauchen said fire personnel reported to the scene as a precaution, but no patients were injured.
us_NV  public  release  injury  other_chemical 
august 2016 by dchas

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