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Community asked to avoid area following chemical explosion in CWRU lab
CLEVELAND — Firefighters were called to Case Western Reserve University Friday night after a campus building experienced a chemical explosion.

According to the university, the chemical explosion happened around 6 p.m. in a science lab in the Kent Hale Smith Building on Adelbert Road.

Environmental Health and Safety staff are currently cleaning up the scene. Hazmat officials were called in as a precaution, Cleveland fire reports.

No injuries have been reported.

Case is asking community members to avoid the area until further notice.
us_OH  laboratory  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago by dchas
One person taken to hospital after fire at Barium and Chemicals, Inc.
EFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — One person was taken to the hospital for evaluation after a fire at a chemical supply plant in Jefferson County.

It's the second fire at Barium and Chemicals, Inc. in a little more than 2 months.

The fire started in an industrial waste dumpster around 7:40 a.m. on Friday.

The flames only spread slightly to the main building.

Employees waited across the street as firefighters got to work.

TEMS Joint Ambulance District said a maintenance worker was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

Fire and EMA officials said there were no Hazmat or contamination concerns.
us_OH  industrial  fire  injury  waste 
25 days ago by dchas
Cleveland man files lawsuit after vaping device explodes, causes volleyball-size wound
CLEVELAND-- A Cleveland man suffered severe second and third-degree burns after a battery for his vaping device exploded.

Nader Harb had the extra battery in his pants pocket at the time, according to a lawsuit filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court recently.

He was just starting his day at work as a butcher and setting up his equipment when the LGHG2 model battery suddenly exploded.

“There was a flash and he was on fire,” said attorney Tom Merriman, who is representing Harb, “He literally drops to the ground, rolls, puts out the fire and realizes this vape battery has exploded.”

The gruesome injury was about the size of a volleyball and required extensive treatment by burn specialists at MetroHealth Medical Center.

“This particular battery was produced by LG Chemical, which is a subsidiary of LG the appliance company, the South Korean company so this is a major company,” Merriman said. “And this is not the first time LG Chem has faced issues with their vape battery.”
us_OH  public  explosion  injury  batteries 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Chemical Mixing Incident at Ohio Plant Injures Worker
A chemical mixing reaction at Addipel resin pellets facility in Elyria, OH on Wednesday left a worker with injuries, several local news organizations reported. 

Crews responded to the Keep Court plant at about 10 a.m., finding a large volume of smoke in the facility when they arrived, coverage by the Lorain Morning-Journal said. A worker had second-degree burns and was transported to an area hospital for treatment, an official interviewed by the newspaper stated.  

The reaction occurred as workers were mixing vicron, cellcom-obsh, akawax-c powder, and crodamide, Elyria Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Pronesti told the Elyria Chronicle. Chemicals involved in the incident did not pose a risk to the surrounding environment, according to Pronesti, and smoke in the facility was not hazardous. 

Officials said the incident remains under investigation. 

Headquartered in Avon Lake, OH, Addipel produces additive powdered blends and 100% active, non-dust blends for the plastics industry, according to information on the company’s website. The company is a part of Maroon Group LLC. 
us_OH  industrial  fire  injury  dust 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Man taken to hospital after chemical incident at Elyria business
A worker for an Elyria manufacturing plant was taken to the hospital following an accidental chemical mixture, June 26.

The Elyria Fire Department responded at 10 a.m. to the scene at 170 Keep Court, Addipel, for a chemical reaction that caused a lot of smoke in the building but no fire, according to Elyria fire Assistant Chief Joe Pronesti.

Pronesti said an employee did receive second-degree burns on his arms and was transported to UH Elyria.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Batteries catch fire inside trailer, prompting hazmat response in Vandalia
UPDATE: Firefighters and a hazmat team were called to a scene in Vandalia Tuesday morning that was reported as a semi trailer truck on fire.

What it turned out to be was a large skid of batteries that shorted, caught fire, melted down and began smoking.

Chad Follick, fire chief for the Vandalia Fire Department said at first crews weren't sure what was causing the smoke from the trailer and that's why hazmat was called in.

A passerby noticed the smoke coming from the trailer and alerted authorities.

Follick said once it was determined what was inside the trailer, crews went in and extinguished the smoke. They then worked to find a safe way to dispose of the mess.
us_OH  transportation  fire  response  batteries 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Ammonia vapor at Veolia facility closes portion of Infirmary Road
WEST CARROLLTON — There’s no immediate danger to the public after hazmat crews were called Tuesday night to the Veolia Environmental Services off Infirmary Road.

“There is an ammonia vapor that is coming from the plant,” West Carrollton police public information officer Maureen Flaute said.

Officials confirmed the leak to be “all clear” Wednesday morning just after 1 a.m.

Police and fire crews were in the parking lot of Veolia Environmental Services, 4301 Infirmary Road, investigating the source of fumes first reported shortly after 8:15 p.m. The company transports chemical waste.

In 2009, an explosion at Veolia Environmental Services caused $50 million in damages and four workers were hurt.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  ammonia  waste 
8 weeks ago by dchas
1 taken to hospital, 7 treated after foaming acid spill at Fairfield business
FAIRFIELD, Ohio — One person was transported to an area hospital, according to Fairfield Fire Chief Don Bennett, following a reported chemical spill. Seven others showing signs of respiratory distress were treated at the scene.

Part of the Koch Foods building on Port Union Road in Fairfield was evacuated at about 8 a.m. Friday.

A chemical company employee was filling a tank with a foaming acid when there was a spill, creating a fume or respiratory irritant, the Journal-News reports.

“There is one dock area that contains all their cleaning solutions and so forth and he was filling off the dock,” Bennett said.

He added the company was very responsible.

“Simply a human error, it happens all the time,” he said.

The situation has been neutralized and production was not interrupted, Bennett said.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
8 weeks ago by dchas
OSHA cites Canton manufacturer for respiratory, chemical hazards
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Canton company for respiratory and chemical hazards.

Ohio Gratings Inc. faces penalties of $183,748 and has been cited for 17 serious and five other-than-serious safety and health violations, a news release stated.

Ohio Gratings, which makes aluminum, stainless steel and carbon products, has contested the citations and penalties, the release stated. The case will now go before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The release said the inspection began in December 2018 after a complaint "alleging poor ventilation and lack of training on chemicals used at the facility." The citations ranged from inadequate machine guarding to struck-by hazards. The release also stated that OSHA found the company was using a "dip tank containing flammable liquid without using proper drainage, overflow piping, adequate ventilation and fire protection," which led to a number of citations.
us_OH  industrial  discovery  environmental  flammables 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Tyler County, WV, gas tank fire under investigation
FRIENDLY — Officials from Dominion Energy are conducting an investigation into a fire at one of the company’s storage tanks in the Ohio Valley during Memorial Day weekend with an eye toward preventing future incidents.

The fire was reported at the site of a natural gas condensate tank in the unincorporated community of Ben’s Run near Friendly in the afternoon hours of May 25. Several Tyler County fire departments and even industrial fire fighting crews were called to the scene. Gov. Jim Justice also ordered state resources to the scene to assist upon being informed of the situation by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton.

The fire wasn’t extinguished until about 5 a.m. the following morning.

Lora D. Lipscomb, public information officer for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said Dominion is investigating the fire, which was believed to have been caused by a lightning strike since thunderstorms were moving through the area at the time.
us_OH  industrial  follow-up  environmental  natural_gas 
10 weeks ago by dchas
55-gallon drums of unknown chemical discovered at business on Westerville Road
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - Inspectors discovered a large quantity of 55-gallon drums of an unknown chemical during a routine fire safety inspection of a business at 5095 Westerville Road, according to Chief Steve Martin with the Columbus Division of Fire.

Officials are working to identify the chemical and are trying to find out why they have so much of it at that location, Martin said.

There are no chemical leaks at this time and no one has been injured, Martin said.

Martin said officials need to know if a special building/ventilation/permit is needed.
us_OH  industrial  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
may 2019 by dchas
Battery spill temporarily closes Turnpike exit
About a dozen car batteries dumped over onto the road near the Ohio Turnpike on Tuesday night, spilling acid near exit 151.

The North Ridgeville Fire Department handled the scene, with assistance from the Elyria Fire Department. The spill was just before the gate to get onto the Turnpike near state Route 10.

Hazmat oil dry buckets were sent over to collect the batteries and clean the spill. The Ohio Department of Transportation directed traffic around the spill.
us_OH  transportation  release  response  batteries 
may 2019 by dchas
Man injured by caustic chemical at Dover Chemical on Tuesday
DOVER TOWNSHIP A man suffered moderate injury after a caustic liquid splashed on his face Tuesday evening at Dover Chemical, 3676 Davis Road, according to the Dover Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Michael J. Mossor said the department was called at 8:50 p.m. to the site to find a man had methoxypropylamine on his face. Plant workers were caring for the patient and decontaminating him with water when paramedics arrived.

The patient was taken to Aultman Hospital in Canton.

Less than a gallon of material spilled, Mossor said.

“No spilled material left the plant property,” he said in a prepared statement. “No spilled material left the plant property. There was no danger or damage from the spill to the environment or the community.”
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  other_chemical 
may 2019 by dchas
Hazmat called to chemical spill at Tipp City water treatment plant
TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) - Hazmat teams were called to a chemical spill at the Tipp City water treatment plant Monday.

The incident happened around 10:40 am Monday.

Plant personnel were performing normal daily duties and using a forklift to carry a 330-gallon tote of Hydrofluorosilic Acid. The tote became dislodged from the forks, causing it to fall onto the ground and spill upon impact.

Water department crews immediately began containment efforts, including making sure storm drains were protected from the liquid chemical.

Officials say that the water system and supply was not affected by the spill. An evacuation was not needed at any time during the incident.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  water_treatment 
may 2019 by dchas
Oxford explosion was caused by detonated firework, police say
Oxford police said the explosive device that injured two boys on March 19 was a detonated pyrotechnic, or firework, similar to one called an aerial salute.

Aerial salutes are fireworks that are designed be launched in the air for a fireworks display. A ground salute is one that functions from a stationary or secured position, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association website.Police said the boys discovered the firework in the alley in the 100 block of East Withrow Street and described it as silver colored and the shape and size of a baseball. One of the boys lost a hand in the explosion.
us_OH  public  explosion  injury  fireworks  illegal 
april 2019 by dchas
Harrison County chlorine leak resolved
March 31st 2019 — Multiple departments responded to a chlorine leak Sunday at the Cadiz Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Officials on scene said a 150 gallon tank inside the plant sprung a leak.

The Jefferson County HAZMAT unit was called in as a precaution.

Officials said that they leak has been cleaned up, and that there is no danger to the public.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
april 2019 by dchas
Carroll County road remains closed as tanker continues to burn following explosion
CARROLLTON, Ohio — A road in Carroll County remained closed early Friday following a tanker truck explosion Thursday evening.

According to the Carrollton Fire Department, State Route 332 south of Carrollton remains closed. The department said the truck was still burning as of 3:30 a.m. Friday.
us_OH  transportation  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
march 2019 by dchas
Crews respond to chlorine leak at WPAFB water plant 
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — People in two Wright-Patterson Air Force Base facilities were forced to shelter in place Wednesday due to a chemical leak. 

At 12:15 p.m., the Wright-Patt Fire Department responded to an alarm in building 855, a water treatment facility in Area A of the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said via email. There, first responders found a 150-pound cylinder of chlorine leaking and immediately cordoned off the surrounding area.

Exposure to high concentrations of chlorine can cause blurred vision, blisters, coughing, nausea and vomiting, among other symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 
us_OH  public  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
march 2019 by dchas
Dayton hazmat response the result of language barrier
DAYTON — A language barrier resulted in a hazmat crew responding to a Wyoming Street home after a man reported that his brother was sick Monday night.

“There was an extensive language barrier with this patient so it was hard to get a lot of good information,” Dayton Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Lykins said. “There was some thought that there may have been some recent international travel and as a result, crews notified the Dayton Regional Hazmat unit.”

The patient, a 19-year-old man, was isolated and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County has since told the department that there’s no reason for neighbors or anyone in the area to be concerned, said Lykins.

“The language barrier drove a lot of this,” he said. “[Crews were] unable to get really clear information about the nature of this illness, the nature of any recent travel or international travel.”

While Lykins wasn’t sure about the nature of the illness, he confirmed that crews thought the patient had been to Africa recently.

Though it’s uncommon for a hazmat unit to respond to an EMS call, Lykins said crews did the right thing.

“It’s one of those things where you get one chance to get it right,” he said. “I’m very proud of our crews, they did an exceptional job.”

In a typical hazmat case, crews first try to identify the threat and gather information, Lykins explained.
us_OH  public  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
march 2019 by dchas
Gas leak in Warren closes down pumps at Parkman Road gas station
WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - It was around 4 p.m. on Wednesday when Warren Fire Department got a call about gasoline bubbling up from an underground tank at the Fast Fuel gas station along Parkman Road.

Hazmat crews immediately put out white pads to soak up any excess gasoline and formed a perimeter to prevent it from escaping. They also blocked off any drains that lead to waterways or sewer lines.

The gas pumps were completely shut off but people were still able to go inside the store.

Warren firefighters and the Hazmat crew said there was no danger to any nearby homes.
us_OH  public  release  response  gasoline 
february 2019 by dchas

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