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Utah high school evacuated after student releases pepper spray, sickens 19 people
PARK CITY — Park City High School was evacuated when nearly 20 people became sick after a student released pepper spray in or near the school, fire officials said.

Police were called to the school about 2 p.m. on reports of a natural gas leak, Park City fire information officer Tricia Hazelrigg said. Law enforcement officials arrived and confirmed the substance wasn't natural gas but an "unknown substance," she said.

The student later called the school and admitted to releasing pepper spray, Park City Police Capt. Phil Kirk said. He did not immediately know how the pepper spray had gotten into the school's air system.

As of about 4:30 p.m., police hadn't interviewed the student or taken him or her into custody. Additional details about the student were not immediately available.
us_UT  education  fire  response  pepper_spray 
23 days ago by dchas
Crews working to clean up paint spill in South Salt Lake
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, March 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Crews are cleaning up after more than 200 gallons of white paint spilled from a truck in South Salt Lake Wednesday afternoon.

South Salt Lake Police public information officer Sgt. Gary Keller told Gephardt Daily the incident occurred just before 12:10 p.m. when a contract truck for the Utah Department of Transportation was heading westbound on 3300 South in the area of 300 West.

The truck is used to paint lines on the road and has a 250 gallon tub of paint on either side, one yellow and one white, both contained in wire frames, Keller said.

The load shifted, causing a spigot to rip out of the tub on the right hand side of the truck, which was carrying white paint.

The truck, which was traveling in the lane next to the curb, then spilled paint from 300 West to 900 West, Keller said.

South Salt Lake Fire Battalion Chief Shane Conrad told Gephardt Daily that tub lost approximately 225 gallons of paint. The paint is water based, he said, so crews are not dealing with a Hazmat situation.
us_UT  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Truck spills 20K pounds of toxic substance on Park City road
PARK CITY (ABC4 News) – Park City Fire District and HazMat crews worked to clean up a chemical spill Thursday.

Firefighters and hazmat technicians responded to Bitner Road to investigate a white substance that spilled from a truck. 

Crews eventually determined the substance was 20,000 pounds of quicklime which they say is both caustic and toxic.

Park City Fire District is working with the health department and clean-up companies to determine the best way to take care of the product.
us_UT  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Officials talk safety after recent gas explosions
MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 News) - Utah's first responders have dealt with four explosions in three weeks. 
The explosions killed one man and injured several other.

The first explosion happened on February 15th in Wasatch County. 

Wasatch County Fire spokesperson Janet Carson told ABC4 News, a mother and her four children arrived at their family cabin on Lake Pines Drive and smelled gas. Carson said the mother left the kids in the car and went into the cabin to investigate when it exploded. She was seriously injured. 

One day later, crews rushed up Little Cottonwood Canyon after an explosion at an apartment complex between Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts. Crews say no one was injured and the explosion remains under investigation.
us_UT  public  explosion  death  other_chemical 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Tanker fire shuts down I-15 in Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) - A tanker fire on I-15 southbound near 1800 South in Salt Lake City has the interstate shutdown.

Right now, southbound I-15 at 1300 South is closed, and UDOT has also closed multiple on and off ramps in the area.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, this crash happened around 1:30 a.m. when a sedan left its lane and crashed into a wall. The car then bounced back into traffic and crashed into the semi-truck. The truck then jack-knifed and flipped over at which time it, and the 8,000 gallons of fuel it was carrying, caught on fire.

The Utah Highway Patrol says both drivers were taken to the hospital, but we don't know the extent of their injuries. The crash is still under investigation, but officials say drowsy driving might have played a role.
us_UT  transportation  fire  injury  other_chemical 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Accidental Creation Of Chlorine Gas Causes Evacuation At PCMR Restaurant
A popular restaurant on Park City Mountain Resort was evacuated Friday morning so a hazmat team could take care of a dangerous substance.

Around 10:15 am on Friday, Park City Fire Department received a phone call that chlorine gas had accidently been created at the Summit House cafeteria located at the top of Bonanza Express. Which caused an evacuation of the building. Park City Battalion Chief Steve Zwirn explains how that happened.

“The cleaning crew was working at the Summit House on Park City Mountain Resort cleaning the bathrooms.” Battalion Chief Zwirn said, “They mixed bleach, and ammonia into a spray bottle, a spritzer bottle. When you mix bleach and ammonia you create Chlorine Gas. When they started to spritz the bottle or spray the mixture out, they were basically breathing a cloud of Chlorine Gas. Two people, to my knowledge, were in the room when they did that. Both of which were transported by the ski patrol to a local clinic.”
us_UT  public  release  response  chlorine 
10 weeks ago by dchas
Crews battle fire near trailer full of potentially toxic, explosive compound – St George News
ST. GEORGE — A semitractor pulling double trailers caught fire on Interstate 15 in Millard County Wednesday morning, and an aggressive attack by fire crews prevented the flames from burning through the second tanker full of bisulfite, a compound that becomes dangerously unstable when heated.

The incident was reported at 7:45 a.m. on I-15 southbound near mile marker 137 where firefighters found the truck fully engulfed in flames that were spreading quickly across the front trailer.

The driver escaped without injury, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said.

Fire crews aggressively attacked the blaze and had it extinguished before it reached the second trailer containing the bisulfite, which averted a potential disaster, Street said.
us_UT  transportation  fire  response  other_chemical 
january 2019 by dchas
Torrey council meeting evacuated after resident spills chemical during meeting, county officials say
TORREY, Wayne County — A man was arrested after county officials say he created a hazmat situation when he brought a toxic substance to a town hall meeting Thursday night.

The man, who wasn’t immediately identified, entered a town council meeting at Torrey Town Hall, 100 N. 75 East, with the substance, which was believed to be a pesticide, according to a statement from Steve Lutz, Wayne County Fire District spokesman.

Lutz said the substance was spilled at some point during the meeting and a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy at the meeting evacuated the building at that point. Wayne County Fire, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Wayne County Emergency Management officials all responded to the building.

All persons attending the meeting went through a decontamination process because they were exposed to the substance.

Three people were taken to Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield for observation because they came into direct contact with the substance, Lutz added.
us_UT  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
october 2018 by dchas
Firefighters, gas workers cooperate to handle gas leak in Holladay
HOLLADAY, Utah, Sept. 14, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Fire department and gas company crews responded to the scene of a line break Friday morning.

A main natural gas line was broken by construction equipment in the area of 4500 South 2100 East. Nearby buildings were evacuated after the discovery.

“This morning, they had some construction work that was going on, doing some excavating work with a track hoe,” District Chief Duane Woolsey, Unified Fire Authority, told Gephardt Daily.

The operator damaged a gas main that measured about three inches, Woolsey said.

“So they evacuated the area, we got the fire department here,” he said. Several engines, including a HAZMAT engine, arrived at the scene.
us_UT  public  release  response  natural_gas 
september 2018 by dchas
LaVerkin Police say suspects in vehicle fire at gas station may have been on inhalants
LAVERKIN, Utah – A man was arrested on numerous charges after police in LaVerkin responded to a vehicle fire at a gas station Friday night.

According to LaVerkin Police Department, police were dispatched to a Maverik gas station at 8:35 p.m. after two off-duty officers heard what sounded like an explosion.

Police said there was “a large item in the parking lot fully engulfed. A vehicle on fire was also seen fleeing the scene.”

A witness followed the fleeing vehicle and updated dispatchers on its location. A Springdale Police officer stopped the vehicle and detained the occupants.

Police arrested the driver and issued the passenger a citation. They say they suspect the pair may have been under the influence of inhalants.
us_UT  transportation  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
may 2018 by dchas
Update: 2 injured in nitric acid explosion at U of U medical building
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 27, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A chemical explosion injured two people at the University of Utah on Tuesday.

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. in the third-floor laboratory of the Emma Eccles Jones Medical Research Building, 15 N. Medical Drive (1830 East).

Salt Lake City Fire Department issued a news release late Tuesday night, saying two people had chemical-burn injuries resulting from an explosive chemical reaction that included red fuming nitric acid.

RFNA is an oxidizer used as a rocket propellant.

“The victims followed decontamination protocol, self-evacuated, and walked to University of Utah Hospital’s Emergency Room,” the news release says.

The condition of the injured people wasn’t disclosed.
us_UT  laboratory  explosion  injury  nitric_acid 
march 2018 by dchas
Man Killed in Explosion at Utah Auto Safety Plant
CORINNE, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a 64-year-old man has been killed in an explosion at a northern Utah factory for auto safety company Autoliv.

Autoliv spokesman Tom Hajkus says the explosion occurred in a laboratory around 2 a.m. Monday at the company's plant in Promontory, where it makes propellants for air bag inflators.

Hajkus says a technician was killed and two other workers nearby were injured.

He says the company and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are trying to determine what caused the blast.

Box Elder County Chief Deputy Dale Ward identified the technician to KSL-TV as Ronald Larson of Cache Valley.

The plant is one of four Autoliv facilities in Utah and the same site of a 2015 explosion that injured an employee and a 2013 flash fire that left another man with burn to his arms and face.
us_UT  laboratory  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
march 2018 by dchas
University of Utah student hospitalized after being exposed to chemical
SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Fire Department said that a student was transferred to the hospital after her hands were exposed to a chemical.

According to a tweet by the fire department, the 28-year-old female was exposed to triethylaluminium, a liquid that is ignited when it is exposed to air.

After being exposed, the woman was transported to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment. The fire department said that she was in good condition.

The student was exposed to the chemical during normal experiments, the fire department said.
us_UT  laboratory  release  injury  other_chemical 
february 2018 by dchas
Hazmat crews respond to chemical spill at SLC airport
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Fire units and hazmat crews are responding to Salt Lake City International on chemical spill.

Airport officials say 130 gallons of a roofing adhesive was spilled in a contained area by a contractor working on site.

Crews are working to clean up the spill. Officials say the spill is away from the terminals and it is not impacting airport operations.
us_UT  industrial  release  response  adhesives 
january 2018 by dchas
Utah man who runs popular YouTube science channel is charged with possessing explosives during backyard experiments
The man behind the popular science-focused YouTube channel King of Random has been charged with two counts of second-degree felony possession of an explosive device for allegedly conducting incendiary experiments in his backyard.
Jonathan Grant Thompson, of South Jordan, was charged Tuesday for two separate events involving an explosive. He was not arrested.
An initial court appearance has been set for Feb. 21 in West Jordan’s 3rd District Court, according to the court docket, which says a summons will be issued.
When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Thompson said he had heard about the charges from media and fans on Twitter. He was upset and confused about the allegations.
us_UT  public  discovery  response  illegal 
january 2018 by dchas
Hazmat unit responds to report of gas smell at Park City Marriott
A bear spray release triggered an evacuation of the Park City Marriott Wednesday evening, according to the Park City Fire District.

The Fire District's hazardous materials unit responded to the scene after dispatchers received a report just before 4 p.m. of a chemical odor so offensive people could not enter the room it originated from, the hotel's cleaning room, said Tricia Hurd Hazelrigg, a Fire District spokesperson. 

Emergency services cordoned off the hotel and surrounding streets to give responders room to work.

No injuries were reported.

Bear spray causes a similar reaction in humans to that of pepper spray.

Natasha Levitt, a guest at the hotel, said she was sitting in the lobby when hotel staff told her she "might want to leave" the building. She saw people running by coughing and covering their mouths.
us_UT  public  release  response  repellent 
january 2018 by dchas
Explosion in Richmond leaves man injured, neighbors rattled
A Richmond man building homemade fireworks in his garage was transported to a local hospital Tuesday evening at about 7:30 after something sparked one explosion, then neighbors reported a “rude awakening” with another blast early Wednesday morning.

According to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Derek Parkinson, 47, was mixing black powder in the garage at 311 N. State St. at about 7:30 p.m. when the explosion occurred. Parkinson received burns to his face and his arm, but additional details on his condition are not available.

“The fire department inspected the home for any fires and discovered a leaking propane tank,” the Cache County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release on Wednesday. “The residents were evacuated for the night, while deputies investigated the scene and a hazmat crew could clean up the area.”

Officials went on to say that residents “may have heard a secondary explosion around 2 a.m. when bomb crews set off a controlled explosion to destroy the remaining firework materials.”
us_UT  public  explosion  injury  fireworks 
december 2017 by dchas
Update: State Route 201 at Redwood Road reopens after chemical spill
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 19, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have reopened State Route 201 at Redwood Road following a HazMat situation Tuesday morning.

SR-201 was closed eastbound and westbound after a container containing formic acid fell from a UPS truck just after 11 a.m., Lt. Todd Royce, spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol, told Gephardt Daily.

Royce said a small delivery truck was headed eastbound on SR-201, and it appears the back latch was not fastened on the truck and the door opened. A package fell out of the back containing five liters of formic acid, which in its concentrated form is corrosive to the skin.

“It’s a very corrosive acid, it’s very, very acidic,” Royce said. “West Valley City HazMat came out to neutralize that acid on the roadway, they tested that to make sure it was all neutral and we were able to open up traffic and traffic is flowing as normal.”
us_UT  transportation  release  response  corrosives 
december 2017 by dchas
US senator introduces bill authorising FDA to regulate cosmetics
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced a bill that would allow the US Food and Drug Administration to regulate cosmetics ingredients. The bill is a less ambitious alternative to one favoured by NGOs.

S2003, the proposed FDA Cosmetic Safety and Modernization Act, introduced on 25 October, would give the agency the authority to review chemical ingredients in cosmetics and regulate them.

However, the bill would not mandate reviews, and it would require the FDA to declare a substance safe "if there is reasonable certainty that the cosmetic is not injurious to users" under typical circumstances.

In addition, the legislation would prohibit states from taking action to regulate any cosmetic chemical that the FDA had identified for review.
us_UT  public  discovery  environmental 
november 2017 by dchas
Crews called to ammonia leak at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah, Oct. 1, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Fire crews and a HazMat team were called to the scene of an ammonia leak at Cottonwood Heights Recreaction Center Sunday morning.

Ross Fowlks, acting district chief for the Unified Fire Authority, told Gephardt Daily employees at the center, at 7500 S. 2700 East, came in before the building opened Sunday and noticed a smell of ammonia in the building.

Fire crews were called at approximately 10:30 a.m., and the staff self-evacuated.

“They had a car accident last night at about 2 o’clock, that shut power off to the area,” Fowlks said. “They’ve had some issues with a leak, in their ammonia, just a slight leak, and I guess with the power failure that caused a leak to build up and it kind of spread throughout the building.”

Crews arrived and opened up and all the doors, and checked the perimeter to make sure surrounding residents were safe. The HazMat team was called in as a precaution.

“Got ready to send our guys in and by the time we’d ventilated, on entry we get inside and most of it was dissipated and gone,” Fowlks added. “So now we’ve just got a technician on scene getting ready to go in and make sure the leak’s stopped.”
us_UT  public  release  response  ammonia 
october 2017 by dchas

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