EPA: Clearcreek Twp. chemical fire cleanup size, costs increasing
CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio —Work to clean up the site of a chemical fire in Clearcreek Township continues, and the cost is rising.

Four agencies were at a dentist’s home in Springboro Friday, trying to figure out why he had dozens of containers of unknown chemicals inside his house.

The fire at the Jacamar Court home on Feb. 4 damaged or destroyed dozens of containers of various chemicals.

The Environmental Protection Agency was called in to help with cleanup due to the chemicals involved, including anisole, ethyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate, benzopinacol, ethylenediamine, oxygen, mercury and acetylene.

Not all the containers have labels, the EPA said previously.

In a report released Monday, the EPA said even more chemical containers have been found on the property. More than 600 have been removed so far, the EPA said.
us_OH  public  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical  various_chemicals 
16 hours ago
Fiskville fire training facility closed after banned chemical found in dam water
he controversial Fiskville firefighter training facility in regional Victoria has been closed indefinitely, after a banned chemical was found in four dams used to store water for training exercises.

Water storage tanks at the Country Fire Authority facility were found to contain perfluorooctane sulfonate, a manmade pollutant that was in firefighting foams used until 2007 but which began to be phased out because of concerns about health effects and the inability of the substance to break down in the environment.

The closure of the Fiskville site follows the release of a comprehensive study earlier this year which found firefighters who worked there between 1971 and 1999 had a higher incidence of skin, testicular and brain cancers because of exposure to chemicals and recycled firewater.
Australia  industrial  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
16 hours ago
Chemical scare at Halls of Scotland plant in Prestwick
A meat factory in South Ayrshire was evacuated after an ammonia leak.

Fire crews attended the incident at the Halls of Scotland food processing plant in Prestwick at 04:40 after staff had raised the alarm.

Firefighters in specialist atmospheric suits closed off a valve before returning to the building to identify and isolate a second leak.

After ventilation of the factory, employees were able to return shortly before noon. No-one was injured.

Incident commander Lawson Elliot said ammonia levels inside the building had remained high after the first valve was closed.
United_Kingdom  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
16 hours ago
Company Fined $89K for Dangerous Chemical Spill in Wallingford
A nationwide shipping company is facing up to $89,000 in fines after failing to protect its workers from a dangerous chemical spill and potential explosion in Wallingford last October, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
Authorities said employees of R+L Carriers Shared Services LLC were using a forklift to move barrels of highly flammable tetrahydrofuran on Oct. 6, 2014 when a 55-gallon drum was punctured. The barrel began leaking through a truck bed and onto the floor, according to OSHA.
Employees roped off the area and tried to mop up the spill but had no guidance, no training and no equipment to protect them, OSHA said, asserting that the spill exposed them to chemical, fire and explosion hazards.
OSHA also said the forklift was not being used properly.
R+L Carriers was cited for two repeat violations and four serious violations, indicating employees faced potentially life-threatening situations that could have been prevented by proper oversight. The repeat violations stem from prior incidents at the company’s Chicago terminal.
us_CT  transportation  follow-up  response  flammables  tetrahydrofuran 
16 hours ago
Carpet-cleaning product blamed for killing cat, bird in Lakewood home
Investigators blame a carpet-cleaning product for the deaths of two pets in Lakewood after a man reported a suspicious odor coming from his home Saturday.

He told firefighters just before 11 a.m. that he returned to his house in the 8600 block of Moreland Avenue Southwest and found his cat and bird dead. He also said he smelled a strange odor, according to a West Pierce Fire & Rescue news release.

After initial tests were unable to pinpoint the cause, Pierce County and Joint Base Lewis-McChord hazardous material teams were brought in along with a support team from Camp Murray and the state Department of Ecology.

West Pierce spokeswoman Hallie McCurdy said they determined a powdered carpet cleaner the homeowner purchased was the cause. The small size of the home might have been a factor, she said.

Until the Pierce County Health Department investigates further, which McCurdy expected to be Monday, she said the owner would not be able to safely return to the home.
us_WA  public  release  death  cleaners  dust 
Deadly bacteria release sparks concern at Louisiana lab
A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana. Officials say there is no risk to the public. Yet despite weeks of investigation by multiple federal and state agencies, the cause of the release and the extent of the contamination remain unknown, according to interviews and records obtained by USA TODAY.

The incident has raised concerns that bacteria from the lab may have contaminated the facility's grounds and though initial, limited tests didn't detect it, some officials are pressing behind the scenes for more action, records show. The safety breach at Tulane's massive lab complex 35 miles north of New Orleans is the latest in a recent series of significant biosafety accidents at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the country where research is performed on bacteria and viruses that are classified as potential bioterror agents.

"The fact that they can't identify how this release occurred is very concerning," said Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert from Rutgers University in New Jersey, who testified before Congress last summer in the wake of lab incidents at federal agencies involving anthrax, smallpox and a deadly strain of avian influenza.
us_LA  laboratory  discovery  environmental 
Caustic odor brings hazmat crew to Dayton apt.
A strange, caustic odor evacuated an apartment building tonight, but it turned out not to be anything hazardous.
A hazmat team was called around 9:15 p.m. to the 3700 block of Kings Highway to investigate the odor.
“It was pretty caustic,” said District Chief James Rose of the Dayton Fire Department.
A couple dozen people were temporarily forced out of their apartments, but were allowed back inside around 10:15 p.m.
Rose said there was some sort of chemical, similar to pepper spray, that had been emitted in the building, but that he wasn’t able to confirm the exact substance.
Separately, a resident in poor health slipped on the ice and suffered a medical issue outside after crews were called to the apartment building. She is the only person taken to a local hospital by the fire department, Rose said.
us_OH  public  release  injury  pepper_spray 
Analyze and Respond to Hazards at the Task Level for All Tasks Being Performed
Statement: Jobs and processes are completed by performing different tasks at the right time and in the right way. Analyzing and responding to the hazards for each task helps maintain safety for the task being performed. This also can help identify when multi-tasking is acceptable and when it should be avoided.

Discussion: A worker fabricating a glass fixture was listening to the sound made by a glass-cutting saw to monitor the progress of the work. Consistent with glass worker fabrication practices for inspection and sawing operations, the worker was not wearing cut-resistant gloves.

At the same time, he was inspecting a thin-walled glass tube approximately 2.5-inches in diameter by 32-inches long in the small workspace near the saw. The tube was retrieved from a scrap glass tube storage area and broken edges at the tube’s end indicated that some portion of this tube was damaged. The worker was seeking a location on the tube where sound glass was likely to be found.

Upon hearing an unusual noise from the saw, the worker turned toward it to check that operation. As he turned, the glass tube he was inspecting tapped the workbench and the tube’s end shattered, cutting the lower portion of the fifth (little) finger on the worker’s right hand.

A work supervisor in a nearby lab heard the glass break, immediately assisted the worker, summoned appropriate medical response, preserved the scene, and implemented other actions.
Analysis: Two different tasks, sawing and inspecting, were being performed and the operational and safety practices applicable to one were not entirely compatible with those applicable to the other. A thorough hazards analysis for each might have identified the appropriate controls.
us_CA  laboratory  discovery  injury  other_chemical 
Four toxic storage buildings caught fire
SEREMBAN: Four toxic storage buildings owned by Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd in Sendayan caught fire at about 1.30pm here.

A spokesman from the Seremban 2 Fire and Rescue Department said five fire engines with a total of 22 officers including the Hazardous Materials Unit (Hazmat) team were rushed to the site upon receiving the call.

"We are currently trying to control the fire from spreading," he said.

He added that no causalities were reported.

The public were also advised to stay away from the area within two-kilometre radius.
Malaysia  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Duke Energy to pay $102M for 2014 coal ash spill
Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to pay $102.2 million to settle violations stemming from its 2014 coal ash spill, which leaked 35 million gallons of toxic coal-ash slurry into North Carolina’s Dan River.

Under the plea agreement with the Justice Department, subject to court approval, the North Carolina energy company has agreed to pay $68.2 million in fines and $34 million for community service and mitigation to settle four misdemeanor Clean Water Act violations. The penalties, the company said, “will be borne by shareholders, not customers.”

“We are accountable for what happened at Dan River and have learned from this event,” Duke chief executive Lynn Good said in a statement Friday.

The coal ash poured through a rupture in a 48-inch concrete storm pipe that ran underground. It took six days to plug the leak, and an entire day for the company to properly notify the city’s manager of contamination.

In late June 2014, cleanup crews excavated 258 tons of material from the site of the retired Dan River Steam Station near Eden. Some 70 miles of the river was covered in gray sludge.
us_NC  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Explosion during science experiment at Billings elementary schoo
Two Sandstone Elementary students and others were injured Friday afternoon when a glass container used in an science experiment demonstration exploded.

According to school officials, a Rocky Mountain College instructor and two graduate students were showing a group of elementary students the experiment on the playground around 2:15 pm when the explosion occurred. The instructor and one grad student also were injured. 

The instructor and grad students "were showing an experiment that they have done countless times but this time something went wrong with the experiment causing a glass container to explode," Superintendent Terry Bouck said in an email to school board members sent at 3:15 p.m.

School officials said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

"There were no harmful chemicals, but the glass shards did injure the RMC instructor, one RMC graduate student, and two elementary students," Bouck said in the email. "The students were injured from the glass flying to where they were located watching the experiment."
us_MT  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Fire in Park Ridge home started by chemical-soaked rags
case of spontaneous combustion is believed to have sparked a fire that extensively damaged the interior of a Park Ridge home.

Firefighters responding to a call of an odor of smoke detected on the 100 block of North Delphia Avenue shortly before 6 a.m., Feb. 27 discovered the fire in a vacant two-story brick home just one block west at 104 N. Lincoln Ave., said Park Ridge Fire Chief Jeff Sorensen.

Sorensen said a pile of rags used to apply a staining chemical as part of renovation work in the home likely started on fire, burning a hole in the dining room floor and falling into the basement below.

"What happened is they used a bunch of rags for staining and when you pile those rags up you can potentially have spontaneous combustion," Sorensen said.

Through the exterior of the home did not appear to have sustained damage apart from windows that were broken by firefighters to ventilate the structure, Sorensen described the damage inside as "pretty extensive," and estimated it at approximately $150,000.

Matt Laske, who identified himself as the brother of one of the home's owners, said the house had just been purchased about one week earlier and some minor renovations had been taking place inside. No one was living in the house at the time of the fire, he said.
us_IL  public  fire  response  petroleum 
2 days ago
Colorado Springs hash oil extraction fire leads to 2 arrests
Two people, including a juvenile, were arrested in connection with a Colorado Springs hash oil extraction fire Thursday that left one person injured.

Officers were called out to the 300 block of Locust Drive to assist fire crews in an investigation into a suspicion fire at a home there.

“Upon arrival, the officers learned the fire was a result of an individual attempting to produce hash oil,” police said.

Lente is being held on several charges at the El Paso County jail in lieu of a total of $40,000 bond. Lente is accused of arson and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, among other offenses.
us_CO  public  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
'Homemade chemical bomb' left at Cazenovia teacher's home; students disciplined
A Cazenovia High School science teacher called police earlier this month after she found a "homemade chemical bomb" thrown onto her balcony near her bedroom.

Kristin Reichert, the teacher, reported the Feb. 1 incident to New York State Police, who said this week they are investigating the matter.

A Gatorade bottle with liquid inside was discovered on the home's balcony, and the bomb disposal unit responded, said State Police Trooper Jack Keller. He said it was not clear from the incident report if the bottle was or was not a "handmade chemical bomb."

Cazenovia School Superintendent Matthew Reilly said Friday he is aware of the investigation. He said the student or students involved in the incident have been disciplined. He declined to say how many students are involved, or what disciplinary measures are being taken.

"Appropriate consequences have been meted out,'' he said. "We are protecting the privacy of those individuals who are involved."
us_NY  public  discovery  response  bomb 
2 days ago
Wyoming workplace safety investigators probe Cheyenne chemical plant fire that burned 3 men
CHEYENNE — Wyoming workplace safety officials say they're investigating a fire that burned three men at a chemical plant that manufactures explosives near Cheyenne.

The fire happened Thursday morning at the Dyno Nobel plant a couple miles west of town.

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services spokeswoman Hayley McKee said Friday three men ages 28, 29 and 40 are being treated at the Western States Burn Center at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado.

McKee says the flash fire happened during work on a compressor system.

Dyno Nobel officials, including company safety representative Eric Smith, did not return messages Friday seeking comment.

Workplace safety officials say they also investigated the Dyno Nobel plant last year after a man inhaled ammonia gas through a malfunctioning respirator.
us_WY  industrial  follow-up  injury  ammonia  explosives 
2 days ago
The Chemical Institute of Canada
When the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) set its sights on two widely used antimicrobial agents last year, the organization wanted the results to have a more profound impact than a typical product warning. Such warnings may be steeped in scientific research, but that does not mean they will get a fair public hearing — or any kind of hearing at all. In fact, it is all too easy to imagine an audience grown numb to such news, having been warned many times about many different chemicals posing some kind of threat to our personal health or the health of the environment. Yet another outcry can simply be drowned out by sports scores or celebrity scandals, especially if the chemical critique is dominated by technical information that appears to be accessible only to an expert elite.

CELA therefore teamed up with the United States-based Clean Production Action (CPA), a multi-national network of environmental activists that has been tackling this communications challenge for more than a decade. CPA has replaced turgid collections of charts and graphs with a much tidier means of expressing the problems that might be associated with particular agents. This approach goes by the name GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals (GreenScreen), a methodology that established four major benchmarks for ranking the relative hazard or toxicity of any given chemical expressed in common sense terms such as “Avoid — Chemical of High Concern” or “Use but Search for Safer Substitutes.” These categories build on the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program. It also draws on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling, a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards.
Canada  public  discovery  environmental 
2 days ago
Powered by JET 24 and FOX 66 Erie PA
The fire was reported at the joint municipal building in Conneaut Lake around 4 this afternoon.

A building there held a 330 gallon tank of sodium bi-sulfate.

The chemical is listed as a non explosive chemical with one of the uses being the lowering of pH in the water fort effective chlorination.

It reportedly took about 20 minutes to put the fire out, but there was a foul smell in the air surrounding the area as that chemical burned off.

Emergency management officials were on scene, as were officers from waterways and conservation.

According to Conneaut Lake fire Chief Mike Betts, a portable heater is to blame for the fire.
us_PA  industrial  fire  response  other_chemical 
2 days ago
Four firefighters taken to hospital after exposure to chemical
Four firefighters were taken to hospital as a precaution after a shipping container holding insect repellent caught fire in West Auckland today.

The Fire Service was called to a rubbish fire in Riverhead around 3pm.

A nearby container holding mosquito repellent caught fire, exposing fire crews to the chemical dimethyl phthalate.

Northern Fire Communications manager Jaron Phillips says the firefighters were taken to North Shore Hospital as a precaution, but most likely suffered from heat exhaustion.

Emergency services stayed at the scene until the fire was put out.

Dimethyl phthalate can irritate the nose, throat and eyes.
New_Zealand  public  fire  injury  repellent 
2 days ago
Miner dies of poison chemical inhalation inside pit in CamNorte town
LEGAZPI CITY -- A 45-year-old miner died after inhaling a poisonous chemical inside a mining pit from where he was trying to retrieve a water pump and a blower at Sitio Ligwa, Barangay Tawig, Paracale, Camarines Norte, Saturday morning.

A police report identified the victim as Julie Lancion, married and resident of Purok 4, Barangay Bayan-Bayan, Labo, Camarines Norte.

The report said the incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. when Lancion and his companions entered the pit to get the water pump and blower that they left behind inside the mining pit when he suddenly felt dizzy.

His companions tried to bring him out of the pit but it took almost one hour before they succeeded.

Once out, Lancion's companions noticed him already lifeless.

The other miners carried the victim's body down the mountain, taking them four hours to reach the road in the area.

Lancion's fellow miners believed he inhaled a poisonous chemical that they used in mining gold in the area, causing his death.

His body was brought to a funeral home for autopsy.
Philippines  industrial  release  death  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Hazmat scene cleared in Northborough after ammonia gas emitted
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Emergency personnel responded to a Level 2 hazardous materials situation at an industrial complex in Northborough, Thursday morning after ammonia gas was emitted and vented in a room according to the city's fire department.

Firefighters responded to the scene at Goddard Road at around 9:20 a.m. after employees in the room noticed the gas coming through. The building, which is part of a five-building research complex, was shut down and evacuated.

Firefighters called in the hazardous materials team after learning ammonia was the chemical being emitted.

The gas was contained to one room because of the quick-acting employees, fire officials said. Once firefighters and the hazmat team could no longer detect a level of ammonia, at around 12:30 p.m. the building was reopened and employees allowed to return.
us_MA  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
4 days ago
Manufacturing Explosion Forces Evacuation Of Sunnyvale Building; 2 Hurt
SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) – A manufacturing explosion injured two workers and forced the shutdown of a business and a street in Sunnyvale Thursday afternoon.
Sunnyvale Public Safety responded to the 200 block of Sobrante St. just before 2:00 p.m. There was an explosion in a manufacturing area of a business
there. The business uses hazardous materials as part of its manufacturing process.
us_CA  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Breaking: House explosion in Colonial Oaks
SARASOTA - An explosion that blew the roof off a home in Sarasota’s Colonial Oaks subdivision Tuesday night ignited a blaze that engulfed the home, threatened neighboring houses and knocked the garage door into a house across the street.

There were no reports of injuries, and firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze at 2102 Cork Oak Street.

Firefighters said that the source of the blast, which occurred around 9:30 p.m., appeared to be “chemical in nature.” No natural gas serves the neighborhood.
us_FL  public  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
3 burned in fire at Dyno Nobel chemical plant near Cheyenne, 2 taken to hospital
CHEYENNE — A fire at a chemical plant near Cheyenne has burned three people.

Laramie County Fire District 1 Chief Darrick Mittlestadt says firefighters got the call about the fire at the Dyno Nobel plant around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

He says the company fire brigade at the plant a couple miles west of Cheyenne had the fire under control by the time county firefighters arrived.

Mittlestadt says two people were taken by ambulance to a hospital. The identities and conditions of the victims weren't immediately available.

Messages left at Dyno Nobel weren't immediately returned.

Dyno Nobel Inc. is a supplier of industrial explosives for mining and other industries. A worker at the plant in November was hospitalized after he inhaled ammonia gas through a malfunctioning respirator.
us_WY  industrial  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Serious fire in BSU art class averted by safety device
BRIDGEWATER – A more serious fire in an art laboratory at Bridgewater State University’s Hunt Hall was averted Wednesday when a safety device used to contain sparks from a metalworking class did its job, authorities there said.
But while the safety fume hood acted as expected, the one-room lab sustained smoke damage and smoke was also escaping through the rooftop ventilation system of the two-story building, said Eva Gaffney, a university spokeswoman.
No structural damage was reported, nor any injuries, she said. Classes were relocated or cancelled.
The East Bridgewater Fire Department assisted in the response while West Bridgewater covered the main fire station, Bridgewater Fire Chief George Rogers said.
He said firefighters were on the scene for about an hour, but had knocked the fire back in about 15 minutes.
Rogers said the art laboratory is located on the ground floor in the rear of Hunt Hall.
us_MA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Fire breaks out in Mitchell High's chemistry laboratory
Fire broke out in a chemistry lab in Mitchell High School in Trinity Wednesday night.

Firefighters responded to the call, which came in at 7:28 p.m. When they arrived, they found the fire in the science and technology building on the school's campus, which is located at 2323 Little Road.

Crews had the fire knocked down about 15 minutes after they arrived. Officials said the fire was contained to a chemistry lab, but smoke did get into about a dozen classrooms. Those rooms will be aired out overnight.

Classes are expected to be in session Thursday, but school officials say it will be a "modified campus." They say they'll have to find other rooms for some classes to meet.

Officials don't have a damage estimate yet, but they say that since the fire happened at night, students weren't in the classroom and no one has been hurt.

The State Fire Marshal has been called to investigate.
us_FL  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Suspected Meth Lab Explodes; Injures One
Montgomery Co., VA - A Montgomery County man faces charges after investigators say he was injured in an explosion while cooking methamphetamine. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to Lewis-Gale Montgomery after 34 year old Jeremy Hatfield, of Elliston, came in for treatment for chemical and fire burns.

That led investigators to a home on Roanoke Road, near Shawsville, where they say they found evidence of the drug being made.

Captain Brian Wright tells us the explosion blew out two doors in the garage.

Charges against Hatfield and a second man are pending.
us_VA  public  explosion  injury  meth_lab 
5 days ago
Small fire at Conover business does little damage
CONOVER, N.C. — A small fire Wednesday afternoon at a Conover business drew three different fire department but yielded almost no damage.
Conover Fire Chief Mark Hinson said at the scene the call about the fire came in about 3 p.m. It only took about 35 minutes to control the fire.
The company, Armacell, makes foam products, Hinson said. When the makeup of the product changes, the chief said, it can cause chemical reactions that can catch fire.
Wednesday’s fire was small and contained to some of the foam. Hinson said the department didn’t spray much water except to extinguish some smoldering remnants lying outside the building. Fires are rare at the building, Hinson said, but a dumpster fire was called in last week at the same business.
us_NC  industrial  fire  response  waste 
5 days ago
Ecology: 9,600 gallons of hydrogen peroxide spilled from tank at Port of Olympia
A recent chemical spill at the Port of Olympia was larger than first reported, according to state Department of Ecology documents obtained through a public records request.

The documents also shed light on the strength of hydrogen peroxide that spilled from a tank at the port’s marine terminal about noon on Jan. 28.

The spill led to a large emergency response. S everal businesses within a quarter-mile of the marine terminal were evacuated; some employees were asked to stay indoors.

Hydrogen peroxide is used in the port’s stormwater treatment process, re-introducing oxygen into the water before it is released into Budd Inlet.

The chemical was stored in a 10,000-gallon storage tank, not a 3,300-gallon tank, the documents show, which includes a report produced by state Department of Ecology spill responders.

Olympia Fire Department put out a news release following the spill, specifically stating that the leak emerged from a smaller-size tank.
us_WA  public  follow-up  response  hydrogen_peroxide 
5 days ago
OCFA: Man who was found in puddle of pool chemicals in Buena Park dies
A man died late Tuesday night after he was exposed to a mixture of potent pool chemicals at a Buena Park apartment complex, officials said.

Chang Jun, 67 of Buena Park died around 11 p.m. at UCI Medical Center in Orange, less than four hours after he was found semi-conscious near spilled, yellow liquid inside a garage at the Richmont apartment complex, 6386 Lincoln Ave.

Jun, who lived in the apartment complex and possibly worked as the pool cleaner, may have inhaled toxic fumes from the chemical inside the garage, which caused him to fall unconscious, knocking them over and causing the spill, officials said.

Orange County Fire Authority officials lifted Jun out of a puddle of yellow chemicals, which omitted a yellow gas, and authorities sprayed both Jun and the exposed firefighters with water before cutting off Jun's clothes, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

Jun had severe burns to his back, face and respiratory tract, including his lungs, Concialdi said.

He was taken by Anaheim Fire & Rescue officials to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he later died.
us_CA  public  release  death  cleaners  pool_chemicals 
5 days ago
BREAKING NEWS: HAZMAT Team Responds to San Mateo Hotel for Possible Pool Chemical Spill
SAN MATEO (BCN) — A hazardous materials crew was dispatched this morning to a hotel in San Mateo to investigate what may be a spill of pool chemicals, according
to police.

The incident was reported 10:45 a.m. at the Residence Inn at 2000 Winward Way, according to police.

“It looks like the pool maintenance crew spilled some chemicals,” Sgt. Rick Decker said.

Decker said the pool put off an odor and chlorine may be responsible for the smell. The hazmat crew is investigating to ensure that there is no threat to the public, Decker said.

Police are asking hotel guests to remain in their rooms and shelter in place and street closures are in effect on Winward Way.

Officials at the Residence Inn could not immediately be reached for comment.
us_CA  public  release  response  chlorine  pool_chemicals 
5 days ago
A Hard Look At The Risks Of Transporting Oil On Rail Tanker Cars
Marcus Stern has spent the past year investigating the practice. Recent accidents in Canada and U.S. show that the cars aren't built for carrying so much oil, he says, and tracks are deteriorating.
transportation  discovery  environmental  other_chemical 
5 days ago
Chemical Spill Prompts Investigation At MSU’S F-RIB Facility
EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Employees were working with a chemical they’ve used before inside a building that is part of MSU’s F-RIB facility.

“It’s standard procedure within the operation of the facility, so nothing special that they did or didn’t try out,” said Georg Bollen, Experimental Systems Divisions, director, F-RIB.

F-RIB’s experimental systems director says something went wrong when employees tried to neutralize or throw away a chemical. A strong odor soon emerged.

“I don’t think we really know what happened.”

What did happen though soon after the odor developed, was an alarm went off, alerting the 10 employees inside to quickly exit the building.

One was taken the hospital as a precaution.

University police and East Lansing fire were called in to keep people at a distance, even making sure 6 News didn’t get too close as the odor spread outside.

“This is what we practice for, we have the chemistry building on campus, we’ve had responses to the chemistry building, so this is nothing out of the ordinary,” said Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor, Michigan State Police.

Both Michigan State Police as well as the Experimental Systems director at F-RIB say this is an example of following proper procedure, in case something goes wrong to immediately exit the building.

“Once the alarm went off the employees evacuated the building as they should.”

“For whatever reason things can sometimes go wrong and we don’t know exactly always what the reason is, but the important thing is when someone notices something wrong that they reacted in the right way.”

That’s exactly what happened. Everyone managed to get out safely, leaving environmental and health crews now to figure out how it all happened in the first place.

The Experimental Systems director says they’ll be looking at changing procedures for throwing away chemicals in the facility if they need to, following the investigation’s outcome.
us_MI  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
LEXINGTON: Small leak of hazardous chemical after tanker crash in Lexington County
LEXINGTON — Lexington School District Two briefly sheltered students in place as a precaution Tuesday after a tanker overturned in the area, according to District spokeswoman Kay Joseph.

"They were dismissed a little ahead of their normal dismissal time as parents and buses arrived to take students home," Joseph said.

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said the truck that overturned at Pine Ridge Drive at Fish Hatchery Road swas carrying isobutyl acetate, a chemical used as a thinning agent in the manufacture of sealants and lacquers, and in making perfumes and as a flavoring agent.

A contractor for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control inspected the scene of the overturned truck and has now determined that there was a "very small leak from the tanker." Booms were placed around the area to contain the spilled material, DHEC said.
us_SC  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Three injured in 'flash fire' at northeast-side cement company
Three workers were reportedly injured in a flash fire at a coal mill in a cement company in northeast San Antonio Tuesday.

Firefighters said the call came in just after 2 p.m. at Capital Cement in the 11500 block of Nacogdoches Road.

Firefighters said all three men injured were alert and conscious following the fire.

One man suffered burns to his hands and face and was taken to a local hospital to be treated. The other two were also taken to an area hospital as a precautionary measure for chemical inhalation.

According to firefighters, the facility's carbon dioxide suppression system was able to immediately extinguish the flames.
us_TX  industrial  fire  injury  coal  dust 
6 days ago
Dozens Of Homes Temporarily Evacuated Following Massive Tanker Truck Fire In Camden County
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (CBS) – Families from 30 Pennsauken homes were temporarily evacuated Monday as a tanker truck fire sent burning fuel spilling toward several houses and thick black smoke filled the neighborhood.
“When I looked out the window the only thing I saw was the tires way up in the air on fire and they were coming to my yard,” says Rocky Rodriguez who lives on the 8000 block of Wynham Road.
Flames reached Rodriguez back fence before firefighters were able to use chemical foam to extinguish the fire.
Christina Flanagan’s home backs up directly to the Route 90 off ramp where the tanker caught fire, so after a house shaking explosion, she grabbed her pets and ran.
“We got out right away, I seen the flames going towards the yard so I was like I have to get out,” Flanagan says, “It was scary, I’m just happy we got everyone out okay.”
By early evening every resident was permitted to return home with the instructions if they felt sick from lingering fumes they should leave their house and call 9-1-1.
us_NJ  transportation  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Butane honey oil explosion cause of Knights Inn fire
A butane honey oil explosion in one of the rooms at the Knights Inn in Palm Springs was the cause of the fire Sunday, Palm Springs authorities said Monday.

At 1:41 p.m. on Sunday, Palm Springs police and fire departments responded to a structure fire at 1450 S. Palm Canyon Dr. and, upon arriving, saw smoke coming from one of the rooms. Police found the four people who had been in the room at the time of the explosion in the nearby parking lot.

Police learned that one of the subjects was attempting to manufacture Butane Honey Oil (BHO) inside of the room when the explosion occurred, Sgt. Harvey Reed said in a news release.

BHO is an extremely potent form of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects, Reed said in the release.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  butane  drugs 
7 days ago
Baby dies, four children in critical condition after chemical spill in Fort McMurray, Alta., apartment
An eight-month-old baby is dead and four children remained in critical condition Monday night after a chemical spill in a family's apartment in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Emergency crews evacuated the third floor of the apartment building at 3 p.m. Sunday after the children were taken to hospital.

Regional Emergency Services (RES) confirmed Monday that the chemical was a poisonous substance called phosphine, which is used as an insecticide.

"The danger is that it's regulated and it's regulated for a reason," said Brad Grainger, RES deputy chief of operations. "With this type of exposure and the time that the family was exposed to it, it just continued to compound the issue is what it ended up doing."

Two children, ages two and six, were transported to Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton by air ambulance. Their father is with them. The two other children, ages four and seven, are in a Fort McMurray hospital with their mother, who remains under observation.

Police said the family went to the hospital with a sample of the chemical. The hospital notified the fire department, who called in the RCMP and a dangerous goods team.
Canada  public  release  death  pesticides  phosphine 
7 days ago
Three killed in fire at chemical factory in Vadodara
Three persons were charred to death and one severely injured after a major fire broke out at a chemical factory situated in Padra, some 20 kilometres from Vadodara. The fire broke out late Monday night and could not be controlled till early Tuesday morning, police said.
The company, Shiva Pharmachem Limited, manufactures chemicals including alkaline chloride, sodium hydroxide, sulphur dioxide, among other solutions and acids that are used in making pharmaceutical and agrichemical products. The factory is situated at Luna village in Vadodara’s Padra taluka.
According to police, the company’s unit manufacturing sodium hydroxide caught fire with a loud blast on Monday night, though the cause of fire was yet to be ascertained. The intensity of fire was such that people from far off villages could see it raging in the sky and hundreds of them gathered outside the factory, hampering rescue operation, police said.
India  industrial  explosion  death  pharmaceutical  sodium_hydroxide 
7 days ago
Taxpayers may pay for Springboro chemical cleanup
SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – For the first time, we’re hearing from the lawyer of a Springboro man whose home is now an EPA cleanup site.

He says he wants the public to know how sorry he is that the situation has escalated to this point.

Forklifts and clean up crews can be seen on Jacamar Court in Springboro. The aftermath of a home destroyed by a fire.

It’s what was found inside the home that has raised concerns for neighbors and brought out the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Its very unusual to see the EPA come in and declare a homestead to be a super fund sight” said Anthony Cicero, homeowner’s attorney.

A sentiment echoed by the EPA on-scene coordinator 2 NEWS spoke with. Crews found acids, solvents and mercury inside the house.

Chemicals the homeowner’s lawyer believes were used for hobbies.

“He’s a man of many interests. His interests include dentistry, chemistry, electronics. He did not have anything in his home that was of any significant quantity. They were in a controlled environment and now their not” said Cicero.
us_OH  public  follow-up  response  acids  mercury  solvent 
7 days ago
When Chemicals Became Weapons of War
Nobody expected the first chlorine gas attack on April 22, 1915, to be quite so successful, including Fritz Haber, the weapon’s main advocate. The German scientist had proposed using chlorine gas on Allied troops, overseen its development as a weapon, and gone to the front lines himself to supervise placement of 5,730 gas cylinders along a 4-mile stretch of road near the trenches outside the Belgian town of Ypres.

And then Haber waited at the front lines for weeks, until the prevailing wind turned northwest. This capricious breeze was the weapon’s weakness: It needed to blow the chlorine gas from the cylinders buried on the German side, across no-man’s-land, and into the Allies’ trenches.

Haber had fought his own battle to just get the opportunity to try out the gas. Most of the German High Command was skeptical of poison gas as a weapon. “They saw the first chlorine attack as an experiment at best, and at worst, a kind of stunt,” says Andrew Ede, a science historian at the University of Alberta. Six months into the war, Haber had managed to convince only one commander on the Western Front to try out chlorine gas. After this chlorine attack killed more than 1,100 soldiers and injured many more, the lack of support changed dramatically.

The first large-scale use of chemical weapons that day in 1915 ignited a chemical arms race among the warring parties. By the end of World War I, scientists working for both sides had evaluated some 3,000 different chemicals for use as possible weapons; around 50 of these poisons were actually tried out on the battlefield, says Joseph Gal, a historian of chemistry at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Belgium  other  discovery  death  chlorine  gas_cylinders 
8 days ago
WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC
Saturday evening police with the North Charleston Police Department were dispatched to Trident Hospital for a hazmat situation.

The call came into the dispatch center at 8:40 Saturday. According to a spokesman for the NCPD, officials with Dorchester County Sheriff's Office warned there may be people traveling to the hospital with a meth lab inside the car.

Crews blocked a portion of an Emergency Room parking lot for several hours Saturday.  

 Fire and Police located the vehicle and confirmed an active mobile meth lab. 

 Two people were taken in to custody.  The scene was turned over to Hazmat officials.
us_SC  public  discovery  response  meth_lab 
8 days ago
Six in hospital after Vic chemical spill
Six people have been taken to hospital and 1000 students evacuated after a chemical spill at a Melbourne school.

A fault in the ventilation system of a science room at Lyndale Secondary College prompted the school to move everyone to the gym, the Country Fire Authority says.

The incident involved a potassium iodide mixture in the classroom, which was secured and contained by CFA crews.

A dozen people were treated by paramedics and Ambulance Victoria says six were taken to hospital in stable conditions.
Australia  laboratory  release  injury  other_chemical 
8 days ago
Statehouse Beat: Reaction to oil train explosion different from Freedom leak
Two legislative sessions. Two local crises. Two very different reactions.

It’s natural to compare and contrast the Legislature’s reaction to Monday’s oil train derailment with the Jan. 9, 2014 Freedom Industries chemical leak.

In 2014, of course, the Legislature jumped into action, beginning with a joint House-Senate committee that started its own investigation of the incident days after the leak, and from there, the water crisis dominated the regular session, culminating with passage of the state Water Resources Protection Act (SB373), regulating above-ground storage tanks, by the end of the session. (Subject to bills pending this session to gut those regulations.)

By comparison, the Legislature’s reaction to the “bomb train” derailment, explosion and fires has been comparatively muted. In the Senate, Sens. Bill Laird, D-Fayette, and Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, referred to the incident in floor speeches, focusing primarily on how it shows how vulnerable the state’s water supplies are to chemical contamination. In the House, Delegate Kayla Kessinger, R-Fayette, praised the efforts of the first responders, but did not otherwise offer commentary on the incident.

House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, told me the Legislature would be working with the Tomblin administration to determine if any legislative response is necessary, while Senate Transportation Chairman Chris Walters, R-Putnam, said he believes the Legislature needs to conduct an overall review of transportation of hazardous materials through the state. (Never did hear back from Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, or Senate spokeswoman Jacque Bland on the matter.)
us_WV  transportation  follow-up  response 
9 days ago
Harsh chemical odor in Skagit County coming from Shell refinery, sheriff’s office says
ANACORTES, Wash. — The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office said Friday the Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes is the source of the harsh chemical smell that the public has complained about in the area.

The sheriff’s office said the refinery has a flare that is out of service for maintenance, and that is causing the odor. The flare is now capped, the sheriff’s office said, but the odor is lingering.

No injuries have been reported.

The sheriff’s office said the refinery is taking air samples and says there is no danger to the public.

The refinery has not returned calls about the situation.
us_WA  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
FDNY on scene of chemical explosion at Mount Sinai Hospital
UPPER EAST SIDE (PIX11) – The FDNY is on the scene of a chemical explosion inside a room at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Officials say the explosion and resulting fire happened inside a cancer research lab. The fire has since been extinguished. The explosion was not in the main hospital building and did not affect hospital operations or patients.

Three employees were in the room at the time but are uninjured.
us_NY  laboratory  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
University Round Up
Tests are being undertaken at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich to ensure there is “no leakage” of chemicals after a laboratory fire.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the campus building when firefighters were called to the third floor blaze at about 10:30am.

The fire service is now working with UEA staff to establish what chemicals were in the laboratory.

Twelve engines were dispatched to the incident. Nobody was injured.

Roy Harold, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue, said: “We understand two members of staff were working on some chemicals and there was a small fire in a fume cupboard.

“We’ve now sealed the area off but we’ve got breathing apparatus crews taking gas monitoring equipment to check there is no leakage of chemicals from the lab.”
United_Kingdom  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
BELLINGHAM: Workers OK after chemical exposure at Bellingham Cold Storage tenant
BELLINGHAM — Paramedics treated nearly a dozen people for potential respiratory problems after workers discovered a possible chemical leak at the Bellingham Cold Storage facility, according to Bellingham Assistant Fire Chief Rob Kintzele.

Paramedics and firefighters responded to the hazardous materials call at Trident Seafoods, which leases space from Bellingham Cold Storage, 2825 Roeder Ave., shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

Employees at Trident Seafoods discovered too much chlorine dioxide was infused into water, Kintzele said. The process of infusing chlorine dioxide into water is routinely for sanitizing surfaces at the facility, he said.

Paramedics checked roughly 10 people for respiratory problems. Nobody was taken to the hospital by ambulance or had any serious health problems, Kintzele said.

Chlorine dioxide is a gas or liquid similar to chlorine and nitric acid. It can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs, and repeated exposure can cause chronic bronchitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
us_WA  industrial  release  injury  chlorine_dioxide 
10 days ago
ExxonMobil Identifies Mystery "Dust" Released from Refinery Explosion
The powdery substance that fell from the sky onto Torrance after Wednesday's explosion in the ExxonMobil Refinery was from  a chemical catalyst used in the plant, and "may cause irritation," according to a statement released by the oil company.
"The material is not expected to be hazardous to people or animals under the conditions it was released," stated ExxonMobil.  "However, it may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and throat."
Industry analysts agree the explosion at the Torrance ExxonMobil Refinery has put upward pressure on gasoline prices--as much as 30 cents a gallon in the next wee. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2015. (Published Thursday, Feb 19, 2015)
Some witnesses as far as three miles from the refinery had described "ash"  coming down and sticking to cars.   "Fine light dust" is the phrase ExxonMobil used. 
"The material is a catalyst used in our process and is primarily composed of some metal oxides and amorphous silica," ExxonMobil stated.  "We sent the material for testing and our preliminary results are consistent with the results from an independent test conducted at the request of the Torrance Fire Department."
The company announced it has established a "claims hotline," reachable at 844-631-2539.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  response  dust  metals 
10 days ago
Potential gas leak prompts closure of metro Atlanta highway
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Gwinnett County fire officials are investigating a suspected gas leak in Norcross.

Fire officials said in a statement Thursday afternoon that county officials reported a fuel-like odor wafting from a sewer manhole on Buford Highway near Langford Road. Officials say a hazardous materials crew found high concentrations of gasoline vapors in front of a nearby gas station.

Fire officials say the hazmat crew is working with county and state officials to locate the source of the vapor. Authorities say it's unclear whether the nearby gas station may have contributed to the concentration of gas vapors.

Buford Highway is closed while authorities investigate the source of the vapors. No evacuations or injuries have been reported.
us_GA  public  release  response  gasoline 
10 days ago
VIDEO: Winnipeg company settles over 2012 racing fuel explosion
Winnipeg-based racing fuel manufacturer Speedway International has reached an agreement to pay $30,000 to cover costs resulting from the 2012 explosion of a rail car that stored combustible chemicals.

Nobody was injured in the October 2012 spontaneous combustion, which according to local reports, caused widespread evacuations and an estimated $15 million in damage.

The fuel facility was razed in the fire, which the defence called “an act of God,” and “accidental”.

A judge has agreed that the company will pay almost $5,000 in fines — along with $25,000 to cover firefighting costs.
Canada  transportation  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball — Nation — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
WASHINGTON — Federal investigators will examine whether pressurized gas played a role in the massive blast that followed the derailment of a train carrying crude oil through West Virginia this week, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday.

Questioning the possible role of gas vapors in the West Virginia fire broadens the debate over how to ensure public safety at a time when drastically larger volumes of crude oil are being shipped by rail and roll through cities and towns.

At least two dozen oil tankers jumped a CSX Corp. track about 30 miles south of the state capital, Charleston, on Monday, touching off a fireball that sent flames hundreds of feet into the sky.

The U.S. Transportation Department said it has an investigator at the site to take samples of crude once the wreckage stops burning.

“We will measure vapor pressure in the tank cars that derailed in West Virginia,” department spokeswoman Suzanne Emmerling said.

Some experts say the nature of the explosion, which saw a dense cloud of smoke and flame soaring upwards, could be explained by the presence of highly pressurized gas trapped in crude oil moving in the rail cars.
us_WV  transportation  follow-up  response  petroleum 
10 days ago
Boudin Bakery On SF’s Fisherman’s Wharf Evacuated For What Ended Up Being Pepper Spray
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The San Francisco Fire Department evacuated Boudin Bakery in response to what they thought was a possible hazardous materials situation at Fisherman’s Wharf Friday morning, but turned out to be pepper spray.
San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said it happened around at 10:20 a.m. at the restaurant on Jefferson Street.
She said people were coughing in the Bakery, so crews decided to evacuate it.
“Somebody actually discharged pepper spray in the establishment.” Talmadge said. It wasn’t clear who discharged the substance, but 11 people were treated on scene and refused transport to the hospital.
When it initially occurred, a hazmat team brought in CGI monitors to see if anything registered, according to Talmadge.
us_CA  public  release  injury  pepper_spray 
10 days ago
Winnemucca Junior High School Students, Staff Decontaminated Aft
Winnemucca Junior High School students are in the process of being decontaminated after a student brought a salt shaker filled with mercury to school Thursday morning.

Emergency responders were initially dispatched on the report of a mercury spill. They subsequently learned the container of mercury was passed around among some of the students and may have been spilled in some locations.

Having consulted with HAZMAT experts, and facing the possibility the students may have carried the mercury on their hands and clothes throughout the school, the decision was made to decontaminate all the students. As part of that process, the shoes of all the students were collected and will be destroyed. 

The decontamination process was conducted by Humboldt General Hospital - EMS, who are responsible for HAZMAT responses in Humboldt County, along with the fire departments.

The student who brought the mercury to school and the 10-15 students who may have had contact with the mercury were transported to Humboldt General Hospital as a precaution. 

Emergency responders subsequently learned the container of mercury may also have been passed around on the bus with students from three other schools. Those schools (Lowry High School, Winnemucca Grammar School, and French Ford Middle School) were instructed to shelter-in-place until cleared. The schools were ultimately cleared and the students were allowed to go home. 
us_NV  education  release  injury  mercury 
11 days ago
Chemical Spill at Bruriah Opens New Security Perspectives
Elizabeth—The JEC’s Bruriah High School for Girls was evacuated last Thursday when a maintenance worker accidentally spilled sulfuric acid/drain cleaner in his workroom. As ambulances and fire crews filled the street in front of the school, the students were evacuated to the JEC’s shul, Adath Israel, one block away, where they spent a few hours waiting for the spill to be cleaned up and the area to be declared safe.

“Who would have thought that spilling some liquid drain opener would lead to the evacuation of an entire school building? But the reality of what happened at Bruriah has been the catalyst for an overview of many of our procedures, from cataloging and disposing of cleaning products to the uses of such substances in intentional ways to harm people,” said Rabbi Eliyahu Teitz, Associate Dean of Bruriah High School.

Some girls broke out in a kumsitz (sing along—the literal translation from the Yiddish means “come and sit”). Then someone came in and said whoever doesn’t feel good should go to the nurse.

“My head was hurting, and they told us that whoever has asthma should go. Hatzalah came to treat about 30 girls. They went down to get evaluated and some of them went to the hospital and then the buses came.”
us_NJ  education  release  injury  cleaners  sulfuric_acid 
11 days ago
CHS rebuilding warehouse after fire
Mitchell's CHS Farmers Alliance plans to start rebuilding its chemical storage warehouse in the next couple of weeks.

The former warehouse burned in an early-morning November fire that blanketed the town in a putrid smell. CHS General Manager Jim Morken said Thursday the estimated losses from the fire will total more than $2 million.

He explained the warehouse will be built on the same site as the previous building. The same foundation will be used.

"We'll be using the same design for this building, but it will be 4 feet longer and 4 feet wider, so the poles to support the building can be outside the existing concrete," Morken said.

When the building burned, the containers inside melted. The chemicals -- mostly crop herbicide -- leaked onto the concrete pad and were held in by a 6-inch high berm designed to hold in the chemicals from leaking out.

"We were very glad that berm worked the way it was designed to," Morken said.

Morken said there was about 25,000 gallons of chemicals that spilled from containers during the fire.

Mitchell Fire Marshal Marius Laursen complimented CHS on the design of the building.
us_SD  industrial  follow-up  environmental  pesticides 
11 days ago
Forklift causes chemical spill in Hornby
Christchurch firefighters spent two hours mopping up a chemical spill after a forklift knocked over a 200-litre drum of acid this morning.

Crews from Sockburn attended the phosphoric acid spill at Peter Baker Transport on Braeburn Dr, in Hornby, shortly after 2am.

Senior station officer Brian Lewis said the container was knocked over by a forklift but was immediately picked up, causing a minor spill that spread about 20 square metres.

Workers contained the spill with a specialised rapid-spill kit, before firefighters mopped up.

Lewis said the substance was used in the aluminum boat-building industry, and the freight company was to transport it.
New_Zealand  industrial  release  response  phosphoric_acid 
12 days ago
Hash oil lab found at scene of Rosemead apartment explosion, fire
ROSEMEAD, Calif. (KABC) -- A marijuana oil extraction laboratory was found at a Rosemead residential complex, where an explosion and fire forced residents to evacuate.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Tuesday. At least 100 residents from 36 townhomes were evacuated.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said they found a possible "honey oil" extraction lab at the location. Investigators were collecting more evidence from the scene on Wednesday.

Evacuated residents were allowed to return to their units a few hours later. Officials said three townhomes were damaged in the fire and one firefighter suffered minor burns to his ears.
us_CA  laboratory  explosion  response  drugs 
12 days ago
Chemical fire reported at Gunter Industrial Park
Montgomery Fire Department battled a chemical fire for over an hour at a manufacturing company in Gunter Industrial Park.

About 11 MFD units responded to 2758 Gunter Park Drive, including Hazmat and heavy rescue units.

There they found heavy smoke coming from the back corner of the Thermalex Inc. plant.

The chemical fire is said to involve zinc and magnesium used by the company which specializes in aluminum alloy for air conditioning and heating units.

No injuries are reported. About a dozen employees were evacuated from the structure.

MFD has yet to give the all-clear and are still at the scene. The situation appears to be under control.

Barry Andrews, vice president of marketing and public relations at Thermalex, said the smoke coming from the building made the situation look worse than it was.

"We were doing a zinc application like we usually do in production when a spark ignited the zinc. Everything is OK, although the fire department has not given the full clear yet," Andrews said. "There's no damage inside the building, except for the zinc booth or collector that sustained some fire damage that will have to be fixed. There was mostly just smoke."
us_AL  industrial  fire  response  magnesium  zinc 
12 days ago
‘Large fire explosion’ rocks ExxonMobil’s Torrance Refinery in California
There was a “large fire explosion” at the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery in Southern California on Wednesday morning, according to the Torrance Police Department. The explosion, which happened shortly before 9 a.m. local time, prompted a shelter-in-place order for nearby residents, according to police, though fire officials said there was “no chemical release.”

According to police, everyone was accounted for after the incident.  The fire was “quickly extinguished” by both Torrance Fire and ExxonMobil crews, the department added.

Although police reported three minor injuries, ExxonMobil said in an emailed statement Wednesday afternoon that four of its contractors went to the hospital with minor injuries.

“Our top priority is the safety and health of our employees and neighbors,” the statement read. “Refinery personnel, working with the Torrance Fire Department, are conducting air monitoring at the refinery fence line and in the local community.” The company said that no harmful emissions had been detected.
us_CA  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Fire smolders a 3rd day from W.Va. oil train derailment
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A fire sparked by a train derailment in southern West Virginia smoldered for a third day Wednesday, keeping federal and state investigators at bay and leading residents near the site worrying about the long-term water quality of a nearby river.
The fire — sparked when a CSX train carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude jumped the tracks Monday in the unincorporated town of Mount Carbon — was 85 percent contained, said state public safety division spokesman Larry Messina.
"There's a few small fires," Messina said. "Until those fires are out and they make sure that site is safe, they're going to keep folks away from that vicinity."
CSX and multiple state and federal agencies are investigating. Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Kevin Thompson said some preliminary work has been done, including the retrieval of the train's data recorder.
us_WV  transportation  follow-up  response  petroleum 
12 days ago
Hazmat teams respond after chemical mix sickens 3 in building
Hazmat teams from Frederick County and Fort Detrick surveyed a building near Frederick for several hours Tuesday after three people reported feeling sick, according to officials.
Three employees said they experienced flu-like symptoms while working at the Wormans Mill Clubhouse at 2470 Stoney Creek Road shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Rick Stitely of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services.
A team of roughly 25 personnel found a mix of cleaning products in the clubhouse, and determined the mix of chemicals to be the culprit. No pool chemicals were involved, according to Stitely.
“We're thinking ... somebody renting the place threw chemicals together... and it had a reaction,” Stitely said.
us_MD  public  release  injury  cleaners 
12 days ago
Minden Road Back Open After Hazmat Spill
MINDEN, NV - A Douglas County road is back open after a hazardous materials cleanup at a building in Minden.

February 18, 2015 at 10:07AM, the Douglas County East Fork Fire District was called by the owner of a building at 1180 Angela Court. He had evicted a business owner, who left a vat of acid, which was leaking.

East Fork Fire requested assistance from the Quad County Hazmat Team, which is made up of Carson City Fire, Storey County Fire, Lyon County Fire and Douglas County.

During the initial assessment, fire crews located two types of acid, which have been determined not to be environmental hazards. They took measures to insure no continuing leaks from the containers inside the building.

Several surrounding businesses were evacuated and Nowlin Road was closed, but the road is back open and evacuations over.

No one is hurt or was exposed to the acid, according to Douglas County.

The property owner will be responsible for the cost of the cleanup, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Brooks. That owner could then go after the evicted business owner who left the acid.
us_NV  industrial  release  injury  acids 
12 days ago
4 transported to hospital after hazmat incident at Shrewsbury Walmart
Four people were transported to York Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after they breathed fumes from a chemical spill at the Shrewsbury Walmart.

A total of 12 people were exposed to chemical fumes when a container overturned in a tractor-trailer that was being unloaded at the store, spilling what a hazardous materials team determined to be a cleaning solution, said Shrewsbury Fire Chief Tony Myers.

Those affected complained of a burning sensation in their throats or shortness of breath, Myers said. The four who were transported to the hospital had non-life-threatening injuries and were being kept in the hospital for observation, he said.
us_PA  public  release  injury  cleaners 
12 days ago
Citgo final report on 2009 fire 'not realistic'
CORPUS CHRISTI – A federal agency tasked with investigating chemical accidents as a preventive measure for future mishaps last month voted to terminate a five-year probe on a fire at the Citgo East Refinery.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board closed the investigation on the July 19, 2009, fire that burned more than two days, severely injured a worker and released about 4,000 pounds of hydrofluoric acid into the air.
At a public Jan. 28 meeting, board member Manuel Ehrlich said “there is no realistic opportunity to issue a (final) report.” The motion was carried with a 2 to 1 vote.
In December 2009, the Chemical Safety Board released urgent safety recommendations to Citgo, which are released before final investigations in cases where the board believes safety hazards could exist. The board said multiple failures occurred in the refinery’s response to control the fire.
Robert Hall, the board’s lead investigator, called the incident a near miss for Corpus Christi during a news conference in Houston to release the recommendations. The wind was blowing away from the city at the time of the release, he said.
Video of the fire was posted on the Chemical Safety Board website despite Citgo’s petition it not be made public, citing it would sensationalize the incident.
The Chemical Safety Board recommended actions be taken by Citgo to ensure adequate water supply to the plant’s hydrofluoric acid mitigation system and a third-party audit of the plant’s alkylation unit operations be completed.
Citgo met those requirements in 2011.
industrial  follow-up  injury  hydrofluoric_acid 
13 days ago
Potential hazmat situation at downtown Salt Lake City hotdog shop
Firefighters briefly evacuated the downtown Salt Lake City Hotdog on a Stick shop late Tuesday morning after an employee reportedly mixed two cleaning chemicals, resulting in a potentially toxic exposure situation.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said the employee accidentally combined bleach with a drain cleaner, creating noxious fumes and triggering a 911 call from the Gateway Mall eatery.

Firefighters evacuated a small number of customers and employees about 11:05 a.m. from the 140 S. Rio Grande Street diner, while hazmat personnel cleared the business. By 11:15 a.m., the restaurant was back in business.

Asay said three customers who inhaled the fumes were checked out at the scene and cleared.
us_UT  public  release  response  bleach  cleaners 
13 days ago
Frederick Hazmat Situation Evacuates Clubhouse Employees
FREDERICK, Md. – Reports of several sick employees with the Worman’s Mill Home Owner’s Association resulted in a hazmat situation Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

“We had three employees in the building that were sick,” said Lt. Stitely, with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. “They sent a hazmat team to investigate, and we found 3 employees with flu like symptoms.”

Nearly 30 fire personnel with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services and Fort Detrick were on the scene investigating for hazardous leaks or chemicals in the building.

The preliminary investigation produced negative results for anything hazardous, but after a second search, officials determined the cause of the reported illnesses was cross contaminated mop heads and rags in a utility closet.

According to fire personnel, the affected employees felt symptoms including nausea and eye irritation at work on Monday. However, the symptoms cleared up when the staff members went home. This cycle repeated itself the following day at work.
us_MD  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Lorry driver injured in acid spill
KULIM: A lorry driver suffered minor burnt injuries when sulfuric acid spilled on his body while transferring the chemical from a lorry into a storage container at a factory in Kulim Hi-Tech Park here today.

State Fire and Rescue Department's Zone 3 operation officer Mohamad Akmal Mohamad Khairi said a Hazardous Material (Hazmat) engine and Emergency Medical Response Team (EMRS) were dispatched to the scene upon receiving a distress call at 3.50pm.

He said upon arrival at the scene, the 58-year-old victim suffered burnt injuries on his face, arms and body.

"We rushed the victim to Kulim Hospital after giving him an emergency treatment at the scene," he said.

Akmal said the victim was in stable condition and out of danger.
Malaysia  transportation  release  injury  sulfuric_acid 
13 days ago
Loveland police investigate explosion
A small explosion in the U.S. 34 bike trail underpass Monday morning is now under investigation by #Loveland police.

On Tuesday officials were able to confirm that no injuries were suffered in the incident. Evidence has been collected from the scene for further investigation. 

Police said the explosion may have been caused by a chemical reaction, one that is likely available on the Internet.
us_CO  public  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
WSU chemistry building evacuated due to light haze
Wichita, KS – Monday evening around 5:30p.m. fire crews were called to McKinley Hall, the Chemistry building, at Wichita State University for a potential fire after reports of a light haze on the fourth floor.

Crews evacuated everyone in the building as a precaution when they first arrived.

Hazmat crews were also called as a precaution due to the fact that there were chemicals inside the building.

After searching the building they found light haze on the fourth floor and got the situation under control within 10 minutes.

Dispatch reported the cause to be a piece of lab equipment overheating and there was no fire.

Because there were no chemicals involved, Hazmat was disregarded before arriving on scene.

KSN crews spoke with a professor inside the building who said a sterilizing machine was opened before it was finished cleaning the item inside which produced a large amount of steam setting off the smoke alarm.

Nobody was injured in the incident and the professor we spoke with said this is a somewhat common occurence.
us_KS  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Australian Catholic University campus evacuated after chemical spill in laboratory
HUNDREDS of students have been evacuated from the Australian Catholic University campus after a chemical spill in a laboratory this morning.

Roads around the university in Edward St, North Sydney, were closed as fire crews rushed to the scene.

The spill is understood to have involved a acid-based chemical of an explosive nature.

Superintendent Ian Krimmer from NSW Fire and Rescue said firefighters were in the process of assessing the nature of the spill.

“Someone noticed the leak and did the right thing,” Supt Krimmer said.

The entire campus has been evacuated and three fire crews are at the university with further experts on the way.

About 200 students had to leave the university and there were some classes in session at the time.

“Many university laboratories use this acid (picric acid), one of the technicians observed the container and he had some concerns about the seal,” Supt Krimmer said.

“To his credit he’s done the right thing and enacted their emergency procedures.

“This particular acid can become unstable and can be explosive in certain circumstances.”

He said the chemical was used for the development of proteins as an etching agent.
Australia  laboratory  discovery  response  picric_acid 
14 days ago
EPA: Removal of chemicals spilled in Springboro fire to cost $125K
SPRINGBORO, Ohio —Environmental Protection Agency officials say chemicals that burned in his Springboro home were improperly labeled or not labeled at all.

Four agencies were at a dentist’s home in Springboro Friday, trying to figure out why he had dozens of containers of unknown chemicals inside his house.

The fire burned a home on Jacamar Court on Feb. 4. The owner escaped without injury.

Investigators said the owner, Victor Dubel, was hoarding chemicals when the fire started. A hazardous materials team was called to limit the effect of the spilled chemicals.

EPA officials said they were not sure of the amount of chemicals that leaked during the fire. A swimming pool in the back yard of the home was partially filled with contaminated water runoff.

Workers have fenced off the home as they continue to remove the hazardous chemicals. They said there was a strong chemical odor in the air around the site.

The EPA will meet with residents on the street Tuesday night to discuss the cleanup efforts. Dubel and his insurance company said they could not pay for the removal of the chemicals.

Officials estimate the total site cleanup to cost $125,000. They still have not been able to identify all of the spill chemicals.
us_OH  public  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical  runoff 
14 days ago
UW’s chemical engineering building site of fire
Benson Hall sustained a basement fire Monday morning. There were no injuries. 

According to the Seattle Fire Department’s (SFD) Twitter account, the building was reopened at about 10:15 a.m. after the SFD dealt with the fire, which occurred in a chemistry lab.

“Haz-Mat team on scene of extinguished fire inside basement lab at UW Benton [sic] Hall,” the tweet, timestamped 10:21 a.m., read. “All fuel consumed. Everyone allowed back in building.” 

The SFD later reported that the fire had been confined and was dealt with swiftly.

“Fire contained to small box, no one exposed to the smoke,” the SFD tweeted. “Firefighters clearing the scene[.]”
us_WA  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Hydrochloric acid spills on Boise State campus
BOISE -- A container of hydrochloric acid has spilled on Boise State's campus and crews are awaiting on HAZMAT before going in to assess and clean the spill.

"One of the instructors at BSU was working up on the third floor," said Steve Rasulo, Battalion Chief of the Boise Fire Department. "She entered the chemical storage room, and she noticed that there was a five gallon bucket of hydrochloric acid and it appeared to be leaking."

The second and third floors have been evacuated. Once the spill was found, the instructor evacuated students from those areas and called 911.
us_ID  laboratory  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
14 days ago
Ferguson Road in Mount Pleasant reopens after chemical spill
MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) - Traffic is flowing freely through Mount Pleasant after police and fire crews responded to a chemical spill in the 2300 block of Ferguson Road on Monday. 

Police say an 18-wheeler spilled hydrogen chloride, a corrosive chemical, around 5:50 p.m. Police closed Ferguson Rd. and blocked other roads near the spill as they worked to contain the small leak. 

Several businesses were evacuated and closed as a precaution according to police. 
us_TX  transportation  release  response  HCl 
14 days ago
Massive Tanker Explosion Highlights Water Oil and Chemical Issues / Public News Service
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The derailment and massive explosion of a crude oil tanker train highlights threats to drinking water, as well as concerns about shipping crude oil and chemicals, advocates say.

The train derailment in Fayette County on Monday forced American West Virginia Water to suspend tap water supplies to 2,000 residents of Montgomery, 28 miles upstream from Charleston.

Maya Nye, executive director of People Concerned About Chemical Safety, says a train on the same line - also carrying crude oil - derailed in Virginia last April. That accident caused a huge explosion that forced the evacuation of downtown Lynchburg.

"This is the second train derailment of crude oil shipment along this rail line in less than a year," says Nye. "There have been massive explosions. It just goes to show you how dangerous this stuff really is."

Officials say the derailment set 14 tankers on fire and spilled oil into the Kanawha River, set a house on fire and threated local drinking water. No serious injuries have been reported as a result of the accident.
us_WV  transportation  explosion  response  petroleum 
14 days ago
Firefighters used chemical to stop Chicopee chimney fire
(CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee firefighters were able to put out a dangerous chimney fire Monday night before it caused extensive damage to a century-old house in Chicopee Falls.

Acting Deputy Chicopee Fire Chief Wayne Lemay told 22News there were flames shooting out of the chimney at 356 Grove Street when his crews arrived at 7:00 p.m. Monday.

Deputy Lemay said the firefighters reached the chimney on a platform extended from a ladder truck. They extinguished the fire by pouring chemicals down the flue. He said water would have damaged the flue.

There was some smoke damage to the house, but the occupants will be able to stay there; and one was hurt. Grove Street was closed to traffic for about an hour.

Deputy Lemay told 22News chimney fires develop when creosote builds up in the flue. “People stoke their fires in this very cold weather, and the fire ignites the creosote,” Lemay said. “On a cold night like this, the flue lights up, and Boom!  It sounds like a freight train.
us_MA  public  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Alert over toxic orange chemical blast cloud ends in Spain
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish authorities early Friday lifted all restrictions for all 60,000 people urged to stay indoors after a chemical explosion a day earlier at a warehouse sent a large, toxic orange cloud floating above six towns. Catalonia's regional civil protection department ended the alert about 15 hours after the accident in northeastern Igualada, when products being delivered to a warehouse were somehow mixed and exploded. Six people received light injuries but only one remained hospitalized Friday with leg burns. The blast prompted authorities to order 60,000 people in Igualada and five surrounding towns to stay inside, and roads were closed leading into Igualada, about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Barcelona. Those restrictions were lifted for most people a few hours after the cloud emerged. But authorities kept in place until early Friday morning the order to stay inside for the elderly, small children, pregnant women and people with respiratory problems. Igualada Mayor Marc Castells said human error apparently caused the accident at the warehouse of the chemical plant. The civil protection department said the chemicals included nitric acid and ferric chloride. Investigators were trying to determine if the low-lying cloud produced by the explosion was nitrogen dioxide, said a department spokeswoman who spoke on condition of anonymity because of rules preventing her being quoted by name. Nitrogen dioxide has the same color as the cloud that was seen over the towns, can be produced with explosions involving nitric acid and is toxic when inhaled.

Read More at: http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Alert-over-toxic-orange-chemical-blast-cloud-ends-in-Spain-78562.shtml
Spain  industrial  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
16 days ago
HAZMAT, wildlife crews investigating fuel spill in creek at South Salt Lake park
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – Authorities are investigating a fuel spill in a creek at a park in South Salt Lake.

Officials said oil spilled or leaked and HAZMAT crews were called to investigate near 3300 S. and 700 E. Friday morning.

Officials worked to contain the spill in Mill Creek at Fitts Community Park.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was also called in to ensure the safety of wildlife in the area.

Authorities have not confirmed how the oil got into the water. They said they are investigating three inlets to see if they can locate the source of the oil.  Fire officials said the oil spilled is a “minimal amount”.
us_UT  public  release  environmental  oils 
17 days ago
East Tulsa Apartments Evacuated In Chemical Trash Fire
TULSA, Oklahoma - A hazmat situation forced dozens of people to evacuate an east Tulsa Apartment Complex Friday afternoon.
The source of the flames was one thing firefighters say you're not supposed to throw away.

Things slowed down Friday night at the Lakeside Apartments, where - earlier in the day - the air filled with potentially harmful fumes turning a trash fire into a Hazmat situation.

"It smells really bad really,” said resident Miguel Colin. “I was close to there and they said go back from there because it's all smoky and it's going to be bad for you."

Colin and around 40 residents that live at the Lakeside Apartments were forced to evacuate by firefighters. He said he came home to find a mess outside his door.

“I was coming from the store and I saw all this smoke and cars so I didn't know what was happening," he said.

Firefighters said it all started when the garbage truck picked up chlorine tablets during one of its stops, and when the tablets got in with the rest of the load it reacted.

"It's an oxidizer, so mixing that and putting a piece of paper, cardboard, a towel, could start a fire," said TFD Hazmat Coordinator, Paul Ator.
us_OK  transportation  fire  response  chlorine  oxidizer  waste 
17 days ago
22 Marines Exposed to Dangerous Chemical in What Should Have Been a Simple Training Exercise
According to Fox News, at least 22 Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, were hospitalized after they were accidentally exposed to halon. A malfunction inside their assault amphibious vehicle caused the fire extinguishing system to go off during a routine training exercise:

“[Base spokesman] Marks said there was no fire or explosion, but 22 Marines were taken to the base hospital. All but three were later released to resume training, while the others were kept overnight for observation.”
Halon is a chemical used in fire extinguishers, which the EPA banned in 1994, due to concerns over its effect on the ozone. Halon still remains in use today, but only in recycled form. Though it isn’t especially toxic, inhalation can be harmful.
us_CA  industrial  release  response  fire_extinguisher  halon 
17 days ago
The Daily Iberian: News
JEANERETTE — HAZMAT crews worked into the evening Wednesday removing liquid oxygen spilled onto U.S. 90 near Jeanerette following a collision that morning.
A chemical truck carrying the oxygen was rear-ended around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when driver George Henderson, 51, of Prairieville, stopped for the railroad crossing on U.S. 90 near Louisiana 85, Trooper Brooks David with Louisiana State Police Troop I said.
A Jeanerette Fire Department Ford Explorer responding to the crash also was rear-ended when its driver, Mitchell Dubois, 49, of Jeanerette, slowed down near the scene. David said no occupants from any vehicle sustained more than minor injuries.
us_LA  transportation  release  response  liquid_oxygen 
18 days ago
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