‘Shelter in Place’ warning issued near Wenatchee fires, some residents told to go indoors
Chelan County Emergency Management alerted the public of the leak around 11:10 a.m. Residents were told to close their windows and turn of air conditioning.

Officials said concerns about ammonia have been present since last night, since an industrial fire started burning.

By 12:30 p.m., the ammonia dissipated and was no longer an issue. The shelter in place restriction was lifted.
us_WA  industrial  fire  response  ammonia 
2 hours ago
Milton Fire Chief cautions in handling fireworks, sparklers
With the Fourth of July weekend approaching, John Reble of the City of Milton Fire Department cautions residents on using fireworks, which are not permitted for sale in the State of Florida.  Reble said many incidents involving fireworks go unreported, due to the likelihood the fireworks are purchased out of state.

Reble cites the Florida Statutes, which differentiates between the sale of sparklers and fireworks.

“What you see available in the local store falls into the statutes,” Reble said. “What you get in Alabama usually falls beyond that.”

In Chapter 791 of the Florida Statutes, sparklers are defined as "a device which emits showers of sparks upon burning, does not contain any explosive compounds, does not detonate or explode, is handled or ground based, cannot propel itself through the air, and contains not more than 100 grams of the chemical compound which produces sparks upon burning."
us_FL  public  discovery  environmental  fireworks 
2 hours ago
Senators, health experts demand action to address biolab accidents
Key members of Congress, public health leaders and biosecurity experts demand better oversight and accountability for laboratories in the wake of a USA TODAY Network investigation that revealed widespread safety lapses and pervasive secrecy that obscures failings by researchers and regulators.

The investigation uncovered hundreds of lab accidents and near-miss incidents that occurred in biological laboratories working with dangerous pathogens in recent years, putting scientists and sometimes even the public at risk. Oversight of labs is fragmented and largely self-policed, and even when labs commit the most egregious safety violations, they are allowed to keep operating and their names are kept secret by federal officials, the investigation showed.

The "lack of transparency and significant variability in how safety lapses are reported and reprimanded across all levels of government is very concerning," said U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Johnson, R-Wis., said research on high-risk pathogens is important to protecting public health, but "we need to ensure agencies are holding labs accountable and shoring up trust in this program through reasonable transparency and communication with the public."
laboratory  discovery  response 
2 hours ago
Taiwan Fire Injures More Than 500
TAIPEI— More than 500 people have been sent to hospitals in Taiwan with burns after a fire broke out at a water park party late Saturday.  Authorities say the blaze started when powder intended for festive lighting was accidentally ignited near the party stage.

The incident late Saturday in a Taipei suburb touched off a fire along the ground of the Formosa Fun Coast, a water theme park where about 1,000 people were gathered for a privately organized party called Color Play Asia.  A New Taipei City fire department official said most of the 516 who were reported hurt suffered burns to their lower bodies.
Taiwan  public  fire  injury  dust 
Chemical spill prompts evacuation at Menards in Oregon
OREGON, OH -- A chemical spill caused an evacuation at the Menards in Oregon on Sunday.

Assistant Chief Mike Mullins with the Oregon Fire Department said an employee was loading pool shock onto a shelf when it fell and spilled on the ground. Two employees were taken to the hospital with chemical-reaction symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and eye-irritation. The injuries were not serious.

Mullins said the store had to close early but said the hope was it could re-open on time Monday morning.
us_OH  public  release  injury  pool_chemicals 
Pepper spray contaminates multiple floors in Vancouver highrise
A Vancouver highrise was partially evacuated Saturday night after someone sprayed pepper spray in an elevator contaminating multiple floors.

Vancouver's hazmat team was called out to the 1100 block of Seymour Street around 11 p.m last night.  

After the elevator was sprayed, the noxious substance spread throughout the building as the elevator travelled up and down between floors. 

Several ambulances were called to the scene. Several people were affected by the spray, but none seriously.

Officials say they were not impressed by the call. 
Canada  public  release  injury  pepper_spray 
Accidental Pepper Spray Discharge Causes Delays on JFK AirTrain
An accidental pepper spray discharge sparked a hazmat investigation on board a John F. Kennedy Airport AirTrain at Jamaica Station, causing extensive delays for travelers Sunday morning.
According to the Port Authority, a cleaning worker was clearing out a garbage can when the pepper spray discharged just before 10:30 a.m.
Police initially said their investigation was because of a suspicious white powder, though that turned out not to be the case.
The AirTrain was placed back into service at around 11:20 a.m.
Six people who were affected by the pepper spray were seen by EMS workers, but refused medical attention.
us_NY  public  release  injury  pepper_spray 
Hazmat suits needed to contain potential Corner Brook gas leak
Firefighters in Corner Brook wore hazmat suits while responding to a potential gas leak at the Second Pond Chlorination Station on Friday.

An alarm was triggered at the station that morning, indicating a possible chlorine gas leak. Upon arrival, officials saw that a red warning light had also been triggered by the potential leak.

Corner Brook Fire Chief Neville Wheaton says chlorine is stored in cylinders at the substation because the chemical is injected into the town's drinking supply.

"So you're consuming the chlorine anyway," he said. 

"That's not to say there's not issues with it. There's all kinds of isolated issues like exposure to chlorine gas that's escaping — [it] could cause burns because, you know, it gets on your skin."

Three suited firefighters entered the station Friday morning, isolated the gas tank and ventilated the building. 

"Now, the maintenance people will go back and check and see where the leak was and have it repaired," Wheaton said.

While Wheaton wasn't alarmed by the small leak, he said it was important that his department take all necessary safety precautions.

Watch the hazmat team suit up and enter the sub-station in the video player. 
Canada  public  release  response  chlorine 
Fertilizer truck takes a spill, loses 700 gallons
SUGAR CITY — Thursday at 10:06 am, Madison Fire Department responded to a semi truck rollover near 5000 North and 1000 East, along the County Line Road, near Sugar City.

The truck carried 3,000 gallons of Ammonium Thiosulfate, a liquid fertilizer being transported by Helena Chemical Company out of Sugar City, Idaho. Approximately 700 gallons spilled out of the tank before the spill was contained.

The semi truck rolled over after the right front tire left the asphalt and sunk into the soft dirt of the right shoulder. Those involved with the incident were treated and released at the scene.

Nine Madison Fire Department personnel were on scene for five hours involved in the decontamination of exposed individuals and cleanup of the scene. The fire department was assisted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police.
us_ID  transportation  release  response  ag_chems 
2 days ago
Hazmat situation reported at LA Fitness in South Whitehall Township
Officials say a hazmat situation prompted the evacuation of the LA Fitness in South Whitehall Township Saturday afternoon.

According to officials, an excess of chemicals in the fitness center's pool led to the evacuation.

Crews cleared the scene after the situation was under control and operations have resumed as scheduled.


Crews on scene say at least one person was transported to an area hospital for treatment. There is currently no word on their condition.
us_PA  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Sparks from train caused huge Northwest Portland fire near hazardous waste depot, officials say
Sparks from a passing freight train caused the huge 30-acre grassland fire along Front Street in industrial Northwest Portland Friday afternoon, fire officials said Saturday.

The blaze, which burned only grass and brush, started on land adjacent to the Metro Central Transfer Station, which accepts hazardous waste as well as garbage and recycling.

Firefighters warned Metro of the danger that smoke might cause in the area, said Lt. Tommy Schroeder, public information officer for Portland Fire & Rescue.

The fire agency mounted a huge response to the blaze, with more than 70 firefighters and other rescue officials at the scene, Schroeder said. That ensured the Metro hazardous waste depot never posed a serious fire jeopardy, he said.

The site that burned was on the south and east side of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad track, just after the track crosses the Willamette River, Schroeder said. The fire remained north and west of Northwest Front Avenue.
us_OR  transportation  fire  response  waste 
2 days ago
International Agency Deems 2,4-D A Possible Human Carcinogen
The widely used herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) is “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” concludes the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
IARC released its determination this week, based on “strong evidence that 2,4-D induces oxidative stress,” a condition that can lead to chronic inflammation and ultimately cancer. IARC says there is “inadequate evidence” to fully deem 2,4-D a human carcinogen and “limited evidence” of carcinogenicity in laboratory animals.
Chemical manufacturers are strongly disputing the “possibly” classification, saying it is inconsistent with government findings in nearly 100 countries, including the U.S.
“No herbicide has been more thoroughly studied and no national regulatory body in the world considers 2,4-D a carcinogen,” says John Cuffe, global regulatory sciences and regulatory affairs leader at Dow AgroSciences.
The company won approval late last year to market its Enlist Duo herbicide—a mixture of 2,4-D and glyphosate—in the U.S. Many environmental groups are concerned this will cause use of 2,4-D to skyrocket.
public  discovery  environmental  pesticides 
3 days ago
Terrorist Attack Hits U.S.-Owned Chemical Plant In France
A suspected Islamist extremist attacked an Air Products & Chemicals industrial gases plant early on June 26 in L’Isle-d’Abeau, near Lyon, France. Onlookers told radio reporters that one man crashed a car traveling at high speed through the gates of the site and then into gas canisters, causing an explosion. The man has been arrested and the site locked down.
Inside the car, French police report that officers discovered a decapitated body with a message written on it. The head of the person was reportedly attached to the factory fence along with an Islamist flag.
Two other people were injured in the attack, said French President François Hollande in a press briefing. No further details were given about their condition. “There is absolutely no doubt about this that the intention was to cause an explosion,” Hollande said.
It is unclear whether the individual who was killed was from inside the chemical complex, although Air Products says all of its personnel at the site have been evacuated and accounted for.
France  industrial  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
3 days ago
VOCM.COM|HazMat Team Responds to Chlorine Leak in Corner Brook
A small chlorine leak in Corner Brook had crews responding to the water sub-station at Second Pond. Fire Chief Neville Wheaton says an alarm was activated this morning indicating some sort of leak. Members of the HazMat team suited up to enter the station to examine the potential leak.
Wheaton describes the leak as small.
us_FL  public  release  response  chlorine 
3 days ago
La Crosse Fire Dept.: 20 percent of hazmat of calls in last two years involved meth labs
The use of a dangerous drug is becoming more noticeable among first responders.

Police: 15 'one pot' meth labs found during drug bust

La Crosse police arrest man for 'Shake-and-Bake' meth lab in vehicle
The La Crosse Fire Department presented Thursday some troubling findings about meth use in the community to La Crosse County's Heroin and Illicit Drug Task Force.

The report showed over the last two years, 20 percent of the fire department's hazmat calls involved meth labs.

The department says the biggest problem is portable meth labs or what's better known as a shake and bake.

"It's kind of a moving target so to speak, literally because of the probability of the small bottles, they can make it in cars, they can make it in hotel rooms, they can be transients, go from apartment to apartment," said LCFD Capt. Jeff Schott.

The department says the chemicals used to make meth are highly explosive and often times put them at risk when responding to calls.
us_WI  public  discovery  response  illegal  meth_lab 
3 days ago
Man injured in Bozeman meth lab explosion
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A man suffered chemical burns and other injuries in the explosion of a methamphetamine lab at an apartment attached to a Bozeman motel.
Police Capt. Jim Veltkamp says the victim called 911 at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday to report the explosion. Officers say the man had injuries to his torso and arms and chemical burns on his face. Veltkamp says the man was taken to a hospital outside of Bozeman for treatment of his injuries, which he did not believe were life-threatening.
The meth lab team from the Missouri River Drug Task Force responded and processed what remained of the lab.
us_MT  public  explosion  injury  meth_lab 
4 days ago
Chemical fire reported at Waco recycling business
WACO, Texas (AP) - Police say about 10 workers at a Central Texas recycling plant have been transported to hospitals, as a precaution, following a chemical fire.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says the public was not at risk in Thursday morning's fire and the workers were being examined.

He says CMC Recycling of Waco has been evacuated and the air quality outside the immediate area was safe.

Swanton says a work crew reported a fire inside a steel tank being cut into scrap. Swanton says the tank once held hydrogen cyanide.

Hazardous materials experts were called to the scene. Swanton says the small amount of fumes safely dissipated.
us_TX  industrial  fire  injury  cyanide  waste 
4 days ago
Fire, chemical reaction evacuates Parsippany business
PARSIPPANY – A machine fire resulted in a chemical reaction at a metal technology plant early Thursday morning, prompting an evacuation, Parsippany police said.

At about 12:19 a.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of a fire at Zimmer Trabecular Metal Technology on Pomeroy Road.

Upon arrival, police were met by the plant supervisor and security guard, who confirmed all employees were evacuated prior to police arriving on scene.

Five Parsippany fire companies responded along with Parsippany EMS. Firefighters located and extinguished the fire in the rear of the building, police said.

An investigation revealed the fire was caused by a malfunctioning motor and during the incident, a chemical reaction in the plant caused an elevated chlorine level, police said.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Morris County Hazardous Materials Team and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection were called to the scene due to the chlorine level.
us_NJ  industrial  release  injury  chlorine  metals 
4 days ago
Chemical Safety Board Votes for Urgent Internal Reforms
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today took urgent action to improve the agency’s public transparency and accountability and ability to help prevent chemical disasters. CSB’s action directly responds to calls for reform from the Inspector General, four Congressional Committees, and industry and labor stakeholders and aligns with President Obama’s initiatives for open government.
public  follow-up  environmental 
5 days ago
No chemical leak found after 37 Selah plant employees sent to hospital
SELAH — Thirty-seven workers at a fruit packaging plant were sent to a local hospital Tuesday after having trouble breathing, but emergency workers could find no traces of hazardous chemicals in the building.

No serious injuries were reported and no employees were admitted to the hospital.

About 100 employees were packing cherries at Monson Fruit Co. at the time, but some were returning from a break when the building was evacuated about 9:30 a.m., said Zenaida Martinez, the company’s human resources director.

Martinez said chlorine is used in the building, at 252 N. Rushmore Road, but noted that no leak was detected. Chlorine is used in the cherry-packing process to disinfect fruit of fungal spores, according to a Washington State University website.

An employee leaving the plant Tuesday morning said there had been an ammonia leak. But Martinez said there was no ammonia in the building where cherries were being packed. Ammonia is commonly used as an industrial refrigerant in large warehouses.
us_WA  industrial  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Four hospitalized after chemical spill in Middle River
MIDDLE RIVER, Md. - Four people were taken to the hospital Wednesday after a chemical spill in Middle River.

Baltimore County fire officials said crews responded around 3:50 p.m. to Middle River Aircraft Systems, located at the 100 block of Chesapeake Park Plaza, for a reported hazmat situation. It was unclear what type of chemical was spilled.

However, the four people were taken to the hospital due to inhaling fumes from the chemical.
us_MD  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
Tanker crash leads to chemical spill in Clare County
About 50 gallons of a mixture of calcium chloride, diesel fuel and oil spilled at the scene of a tanker crash in Clare County on Tuesday afternoon, the Clare County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The crash occurred about 1 p.m. at Garfield Avenue north of Ludington in Garfield Township when the driver of a tanker lost control and it rolled onto its side into a ditch. The driver, Paul Lutterloh, 20, of Trufant, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.

The tanker, owned by Michigan Chloride, was hauling 3,000 gallons of calcium chloride.

The spill, which caused no harm to the public, was contained. Garfield Avenue was down to one lane during the clean up.
us_MI  transportation  release  injury  other_chemical  diesel 
5 days ago
Traffic crash leads to chemical spill in Madison
MADISON, Wis:--The Madison Fire Department says a traffic crash led to a chlorine spill on Sherman Ave. Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say Engine 10 responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash involving a sedan and a pool chemical truck at 12:58 p.m on the corner of Sherman Ave. and Northport Dr.

Due to the appearance of spilled chemicals underneath the truck, fire crews performed rapid extrication to get the truck driver to a safe place.

Firefighters determined the impact of the crash caused a lid to fly off the chlorine tank.

Engine 10's crew hosed down the area to dilute the chlorine.

The chemical truck also had two other tanks on board contacting sulfuric and muriatic acids. Those lids remained intact and no chemicals mixed as a result of impact.
us_WI  transportation  release  response  acids 
5 days ago
11 people decontaminated after hazmat incident on UK's campus
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The fire department had to decontaminate 11 people after a hazmat incident Wednesday inside the animal pathology building on the University of Kentucky's campus.

Joe Best, Lexington Fire Department spokesman, said the 11 people who were inside the building during the spill complained about their eyes burning and they had nausea. As a precaution, Best said, they will be taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

It's not clear what chemical they were exposed to. Best said they would be able to determine that after firefighters go inside.

"Once we get the patients taken care of -- of course, that's the top priority -- we will be making entry in short order," he said shortly after noon. "I would expect we'll know something probably in the next 45 minutes to an hour."

University officials say the situation in the animal pathology building, 1081 Veterans Drive, stemmed from a refrigerator that was recently moved from one building into another.

They say a movers took the refrigerator from the Gluck Equine Research Center to the animal pathology building Tuesday night. When workers arrived Wednesday morning, they noticed a stench. A university spokesperson said the workers followed the smell to the refrigerator, opened it and were immediately overpowered. They pulled an alarm and left.

Everyone evacuated the building and a hazardous materials crew was waiting on special gear to arrive Wednesday afternoon so they could enter the building. A UK spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that the refrigerator was empty. They believe the odor was from something that had previously been in the refrigerator.
us_KY  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago
About 5,000 People Protest Rumored Chemical Plant in China
SHANGHAI — At least 5,000 residents of a Shanghai suburb protested Wednesday over a report that a petrochemical plant may be moved to their neighborhood, although authorities dismissed the report as untrue.

The protest reflected growing public concern about the environmental impact of projects such as petrochemical plants, as well as the public's deep distrust of local governments.

Over the past several years, residents of many Chinese cities have taken to the streets to oppose environmentally hazardous projects, a method they believe to be the most effective in influencing local officials who often shut the public out of decision-making.

Under police watch, thousands of demonstrators gathered Wednesday evening outside the local government compound in Jinshan district, holding up banners and chanting slogans against the possible relocation of a paraxylene plant to a planned chemical zone in Jinshan. Paraxylene is a hazardous chemical used to produce fibers and plastics.
China  industrial  discovery  environmental 
5 days ago
Firefighter, worker hurt in Westbury industrial fire
WESTBURY - Workers at a Westbury manufacturing plant were evacuated and hazmat crews were called after a fire broke out at the facility Monday afternoon.
Nassau County Fire Marshal Vincent McManus says metallic powders used in products like airline engines are produced at the Oerlikon manufacturing plant on Prospect Avenue. The fire broke out at around 1:30 p.m. in a container that holds metallic dust.
One worker was injured at the time of the accident, although the extent of his injuries are unclear. A firefighter was also injured when a piece of machinery collapsed at the plant.
McManus says it's not uncommon for containers like the one involved in today's incident to catch fire. He says Monday's warm temperatures may have also been a factor, but the exact cause of the flames remains unclear.
us_NY  industrial  fire  injury  dust 
6 days ago
Truck collision causes hazmat leak from pipeline in Houston
An 18-wheeler truck hit a gas pipeline in La Porte, Houston, killing the driver and causing a leak of hazardous material on Monday, news website myfoxhouston.com reported.

Fire officials said the ruptured pipleline leaked a large quantity of propylene on Highway 225, blocking the road between Allen Genoa and Goodyear, according to the report.

Crews were trying to cap the leak, the report said. It did not name the company that operates the pipeline. Fire officials were not immediately available for comment.
us_TX  transportation  release  death  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Explosion investigated at Chesterfield hotel; no injuries reported
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. —  Fire crews were called to the Intown Suites on Green Spring Road near Chesterfield Towne Center for a report of an explosion at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. Once crews arrived to the hotel, they reported no fire and no one was hurt.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and then footsteps running down the hallway. They also reported smelling chemicals. Investigators are working to locate the person who rented the room in question.

The explosion was big enough to blow the outside window out of the wall.  It landed more than 20 feet away in the parking lot.  The entire building was evacuated for most of the morning while HAZMAT crews inspected the scene, but tenants were allowed back inside the hotel around noon.

The initial report was for a flash fire. The sprinkler system at the InTown Suites actually extinguished the flames after the explosion.

“The Chesterfield Fire and EMS Hazardous Materials team was brought in to investigate the scene but found no evidence of hazardous materials in the room,” Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said.
us_VA  public  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
All main lanes of Hwy 225 west at Allen Genoa reopen after all-day closure
The westbound lanes of Highway 225 at Allen Genoa have reopened after a fatal truck accident involving a HazMat spill.

A fiery crash on Highway 225 shut down both sides of the freeway for more than 13 hours Monday.

An 18-wheeler ran off the freeway, made its way over the barriers and slammed into a gas line -- sending a flammable chemical called propylene into the air, according to Houston police.
us_TX  transportation  release  response  flammables 
7 days ago
Report: Chemical mix may cause cancer
Chemicals deemed safe to humans may blend lethally together inside the human body to cause cancer, a high-profile scientific taskforce has ruled.

Researchers, including New Zealand scientist Dr Linda Gulliver, have released findings into possible links between common chemicals and the development of cancer.

Their results, published in the journal Carcinogenesis, show mixtures of chemicals used in our environment may be acting in concert with each other inside the body to trigger the deadly disease.

Dr Gulliver, from Otago University's faculty of medicine, says on the back of the findings of the Halifax Project, "considerable attention" needs to be given to investigating the concerning links.

The taskforce was formed in 2013 by the NGO Getting to Know Cancer which had concerns that cancer research has focused primarily on the role of heritable and lifestyle factors as triggers.

This is despite evidence that as many as one in five cancers may be caused by chemical exposures in the environment that are not related to personal lifestyle choices.

Chemicals are tested for carcinogenic links but only one at a time, leaving questions around the possibility that a fusion of these chemicals may instead be causing cancer.

The taskforce of 174 scientists in 28 countries investigated 85 prototypic chemicals that were not considered to be carcinogenic to humans, and they reviewed their effects against a long list of mechanisms that are important for cancer development.
New_Zealand  public  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Machine Fire in UCSD research building
SAN DIEGO – Firefighters made quick work of a blaze at the Stein Clinical Research Building at UC San Diego Monday morning, San Diego Fire said.

The fire started around 4 a.m. on the first floor of the research facility off of Gillman Drive when a paint shaker machine melted. The sprinkler system of the building was activated and kept the flames at bay until firefighters arrived a few minutes later. They managed to knock the fire down around 4:45 a.m.

Several Hazard Materials crews were at the scene to ensure no hazardous chemicals were released by the flames. They determined no such threat existed around 6:15 a.m.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.
us_CA  education  fire  response  other_chemical 
7 days ago
Norfolk swimming pool leaves 40 injured after chemical leak at holiday park
More than 30 people including a three-year-old have been taken to hospital after a chlorine leak in a holiday park swimming pool.

Emergency services including police, fire and ambulance crews were called at around 2.35pm to Wild Duck Holiday Park in Belton near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Haven Holidays spokesman Tom Cassidy said that 33 people described as ‘walking wounded’ had been evacuated and taken to three different hospitals as a ‘precaution’.

The casualties taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth or Ipswich Hospital, Mr Cassidy said.
United_Kingdom  public  release  injury  chlorine 
8 days ago
Chemical Release at United Taconite Lab in Forbes, 2 Injured
Two people suffered injuries after a chemical was released late Saturday morning at the lab at United Taconite in Forbes.
Virginia Fire Dept. Battalion Chief Erik Jonassen said the compound was stannous chloride, a vapor that can cause harm if inhaled as well as irritate and burn the skin or eyes. Jonassen said the chemical release was due to a failure of the in-house ventilation system.
Two people left the site and were taken to a local hospital; one had burns to his face while the others' injuries were unknown. However, Jonassen said as of noon on Saturday, both said their injuries were non-life threatening.
The Virginia Fire Department got the call at 10:49 a.m. on Saturday. When crews arrived, the lab and associated areas of the building were evacuated and sealed. Firefighters worked with the Minnesota State Duty Officer as well as Minnesota Homeland Security on identifying and determining the proper personnel protective equipment. Once the area was cleared, Jonassen said they started ventilating the atmosphere and identified the chemical compound as stannous chloride and determined how to mitigate it. After that, they ventilated the lab and cleared the scene by 2:15 p.m.
us_MN  laboratory  release  injury  other_chemical 
9 days ago
Chemical spill forces evacuation of Lovejoy pool in Buffalo
A chemical spill at an indoor municipal swimming pool in Buffalo hospitalized one lifeguard and caused swimmers to evacuate Friday afternoon.

Two firefighters in hazardous material gear entered Lovejoy pool, 1171 E. Lovejoy St., to neutralize the spill. The state Department of Environmental Conservation also was notified.

Lifeguard Chris Patrella said another lifeguard noticed the chemicals in the pool were not changing, so she went to the basement to investigate at about 1:30 p.m. What she found was a small puddle of muriatic acid, a chemical commonly used to clean pools.

“She came running back up because she had inhaled a lot of the fumes,” Patrella said, still holding onto a small respirator. “So I had to go back down to make sure everything was off and clear the building.”

The lifeguard was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated and released, Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said.

He said the spill was caused by a mechanical failure.
us_NY  public  release  injury  hydrochloric_acid 
10 days ago
Feds close investigation of 2010 Texas Tech lab explosion that left student severely injured
A federal investigation into a 2010 Texas Tech chemistry lab explosion that severely injured a graduate student has been closed, according to a statement from the university.

Alice Young, associate vice president for research at Tech, said the U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation at Tech was the first it had done at a university and came shortly after a lab death at the University of California, Los Angeles. The board has not investigated an academic lab accident since, she said.

“They sort of brought a spotlight to safety in academic labs,” Young said.

In incidents at Tech after the 2010 chemistry lab explosion, Young said, the CSB has not investigated.

“The academic community at Texas Tech has taken on the challenge to develop a strong positive safety culture,” Young said in a statement from Tech. “Staff, students, faculty and administrators have worked to change our expectations about the safety needs of our work and about how we act on those needs.”
us_TX  laboratory  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
10 days ago
'Shelter in place' lifted after chemical exposure on Electron Drive sends 1 to hospital
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A chemical leak at a Jeffersontown biotech company sends one man to the hospital. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday at Peptides International on Electron Drive in the Jeffersontown Industrial Park.

Jeffersontown Fire Chief Sean Dreisbach said the worker was conducting an experiment in the lab when he was exposed to hydrofluoric acid, a serious corrosive material commonly called "HF". The man was using a container of HF when its plastic tubing popped off, leading to the exposure.

Officials said the lab worker inhaled the chemical. He was immediately decontaminated outside the facility then taken to the hospital where he was examined and released. Approximately 30 other people working at the site evacuated and were able to get out unharmed.
us_KY  laboratory  release  injury  hydrofluoric_acid 
10 days ago
Hazmat officials respond to leak
PARKERSBURG - A minor chlorine leak at the Claywood Park Public Service District prompted a hazmat response on Thursday afternoon.

No nearby homes were in danger, said Capt. George Orr with the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department. The chlorine leaked from a 150-pound cylinder in an enclosed space, Orr said.

The leak, discovered at 3:06 p.m. and reported to 911, happened near the valve area where small amounts were being vented into the room, said Shawyne Brabham, assistant manager of the Claywood Park Public Service District.
us_WV  public  release  response  chlorine  gas_cylinders 
11 days ago
UPDATE: Wichita plant running following chlorine release
WICHITA, Kan. -- Two people were hospitalized Wednesday evening after a machine leaked chlorine gas at a south Wichita plant

Emergency crews were called just after 8 p.m. to Wescon Plastics at 2810 South West Street.

In a statement, Wescon Plastics CEO Michael Bright said an injection molding machine overheated, causing it to release a small amount of chlorine gas. Bright said six employees were examined by EMS workers with two employees taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The statement added Wescon Plastics was running at full capacity Thursday.
us_KS  industrial  release  injury  chlorine 
11 days ago
Man airlifted to Indy hospital for extensive chemical burns after possible meth lab explosion
VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (June 18, 2015)– Troopers with Indiana State Police responded to a possible meth lab explosion at a Vigo County house Thursday afternoon. 

Authorities said the incident occurred inside a detached garage at a residence in the 5500 block of North Clinton Street. 

Police said resident 37-year-old David Stewart was inside the garage when the explosion occurred. They said his two children were inside the house. One child ran next door for help following the blast. The children were not injured. 

The garaged engulfed in flames and was extinguished by firefighters. Stewart was airlifted to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment for extensive chemical and thermal burns, said police. 

A search of the home revealed numerous items commonly associated with methamphetamine production and a “one pot” meth lab inside the garage.
us_IN  public  explosion  response  meth_lab 
11 days ago
40 People, Mostly Children Sickened After Possible Chemical Exposure At Antioch Water Park
ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — About 40 people, mostly children, fell ill Thursday afternoon due to a possible chemical exposure at an East Bay water park.
At 2:29 p.m., emergency crews responded to reports of a child complaining of respiratory problems after swimming at Antioch Water Park, located at 4701 Lone Tree Way, according to a fire inspector with Contra Costa Fire Protection.
“We just heard people screaming, saying their throat burned,” Marquan George told KPIX 5.
The chemical exposure may be due to excessive chlorine that leaked into the pool, Fire Inspector Lisa Martinez said.
As of 4 p.m., 10 to 15 people had been taken to the hospital, Martinez said.
Parents arrived at the park to pick up their children.
us_CA  public  release  injury  chlorine 
11 days ago
OSHA Fines Oklahoma Drilling Firm Over Fatal Rig Fire
U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday cited Lamont, Okla.-based Dan D Drilling Corp. with 10 violations in connection with a December 2014 drilling rig fire that killed three rig workers and seriously injured two others.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said an open-flame heater on the floor of the rig likely sparked the fire. The accident followed 18 months after OSHA cited the company for allowing the use of an open-flame heater in an earlier incident.

Representatives from Dan D Drilling did not return phone calls to The Oklahoman on Wednesday.

Kelsey Bellah, 27, and Gary Keenan, 26, died at the scene of the December 2014 fire. Mark Pittman Jr., 26, died from his burns 16 days later. Two others were hospitalized because of burns from the incident.

“Three young men died because Dan D Drilling again allowed the use of an open-flame heater,” David Bates, OSHA’s area director in Oklahoma City, said in a statement Wednesday. “The heater probably started the fire. The company knew this was hazardous, but chose to ignore the hazard.”

OSHA cited the company with two willful, seven serious and one repeated violation. The willful violations were for using an open-flame heater on the rig floor and for failing to provide and ensure that employees were wearing flame-resistant clothing.
us_OK  industrial  follow-up  death  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Firefighter, Tanker Driver Injured After Chemical Spill from Truck
BELEWS CREEK, N.C. -- Firefighters are on the scene of a chemical spill after a tanker overturned in Belews Creek Wednesday.

The crash happened at Goodwill Church Road and Highway 158. Investigators said a tanker truck carrying Hexylene Glycol overturned and pinned inside. Crews had to extricate him from the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital.

No other information has been released on the driver.

A Forsyth County firefighter was also taken to the hospital after coming into contact with the chemical from the tanker.

Investigators said they have stopped the leak. A regional hazmat team is on its way to determine the exact chemical.

Winston-Salem IAFF, Winston-Salem Haz Mat, Belews Creek Volunteer Fire Department, and Walkertown Fire Department are all responded to the scene
us_NC  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
UPDATE: Chattanooga firefighters released from hospital after chemical fire
The three Chattanooga firefighters who were taken to the hospital after battling a fire at NA Industries near Amnicola Highway have been treated and released.

One firefighter was taken to Erlanger Medical Center due to possible chemical exposure. Another two had minor complaints and were taken to the hospital for observation, fire department spokesman Bruce Garner said.

The fire was out at 11:35 a.m. and the fire department left the scene around 12:45 p.m.

Officials say the blaze was an acrylic acid fire which briefly evacuated the plant.

Chief Danny Hague with fire department said officials do not believe there was any chemical release off site. No plant employees were injured and none were exposed, he said.

Authorities said there appears to be no threat to the public.
us_TN  industrial  fire  injury  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Tanker overturns on U.S. 158 (VIDEO)
WALKERTOWN State highway patrol officers are trying to determine what caused a tanker truck to overturn on U.S. 158 near Goodwill Church Road Wednesday afternoon, causing its chemical load to spill onto the road.
The tanker was carrying a mixture of hexamine and water, said Command Officer Ken Kennedy with Belews Creek Fire and Rescue.
Hexamine is a chemical used to make other chemical compounds such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and rubber additives, according to several websites. It also can be used as a food additive and to produce plastic explosives.
Battalion Chief Sandy Shepherd of the Winston-Salem Fire Department said the chemical has a flammable component, but the batch the tanker was hauling was diluted and didn’t pose a fire threat.
us_NC  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
12 days ago
Feds: New studies back water decisions after chemical spill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal officials say studies reinforce advisement that people could use tap water shortly after a chemical spill in West Virginia last year.

The National Toxicology Program on Tuesday evaluated updated findings about the chemicals that spilled.

Some studies used pregnant rats, zebrafish and nematoads. Others used cellular, molecular and computer modeling to identify potential health effects.

State Health Officer Dr. Rahul Gupta called the results reassuring.

The January 2014 spill in Charleston tainted water for 300,000 people. Using limited research, federal officials quickly crafted a standard about when water was safe to use again. A ban was lifted after four to 10 days.

Still, people visited hospitals with symptoms from rashes to nausea.
us_WV  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
12 days ago
sometimes bomb squad is called in
Twice in the past year the Becker County Household Hazardous Waste site has called in the bomb squad to dispose of potentially explosive chemicals.

Both involved peroxides used as a bonding agent in auto body repair fillers. The most recent was about a pint of highly explosive methyl ethyl ketone peroxicide.

It arrived at the HHW shed in the form of two half-full plastic pint bottles that were in a box of other chemical products, said Sandy Gunderson, who handles the HHW program for Becker County Environmental Services.

The HHW building is located in a corner of the County solid waste transfer site.

She called the sheriff’s office, which notified the state, which dispatched the regional bomb squad out of Crow Wing County.

They disposed of it by starting it on fire, causing an explosion that effectively vaporized the chemical in a gravel pit at the transfer station.
us_MN  public  discovery  response  other_chemical  waste 
12 days ago
Chemical explosion in south Wichita injures five
WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita firefighters were called to a plastics molding plant in south Wichita Wednesday night following a hazardous materials explosion.

The incident occurred at Wescon Products, located in the 2800 block of S. West Street. The building was not evacuated.

Emergency dispatchers say five people received minor injuries following the explosion which occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Two of the workers were taken to a hospital. Their injuries were not thought to be serious.
us_KS  industrial  explosion  injury  plastics 
12 days ago
Chemical Spill at Hamilton Sundstrand
An employee at Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks was taken to the hospital after a chemical spill on Tuesday morning.
Crews responded to a hazmat incident at the aerospace company on Schoephoester Road just before 10 a.m.
Less than a gallon of ammonia hydroxide spilled from a container in one of the smaller buildings on the Hamilton Sundstrand campus, according to company spokesperson, Sylvio Albino.
There were only 15 people in the building at the time of the spill and the facilty was evacuated, Albino said.
us_CT  industrial  release  injury  ammonium_hydroxide 
13 days ago
Three Taken To Hospitals After NW Side Ammonia Leak
(STMW) — Three people were taken to hospitals after an ammonia leak at a factory Tuesday afternoon in the Northwest Side Irving Park neighborhood.
A Level 2 HazMat response was called was at Koch Foods Inc. at 4405 W. Berteau because of the ammonia leak, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight.
Three workers were taken to hospitals, where their conditions stabilized, Knight said.
The HazMat situation has been secured by the fire department.
us_IL  industrial  release  injury  ammonia 
13 days ago
Company: Circuit glitch likely caused chemical plant fire
HANOVER, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania chemical company says preliminary information shows an electrical circuit malfunction likely caused a massive manufacturing plant fire that burned for more than 12 hours.

Miller Chemical and Fertilizer said Monday it’s also installed a large above-ground tank to contain runoff and prevent water from entering Slagle Run and Conewago Creek.

Last week, officials said thousands of dead fish had been seen over a 10- to 15-mile span of the creek after the June 8 fire in Conewago, Adams County.

State environmental officials are monitoring Conewago Creek for contaminants. Miller Chemical says the creek’s oxygen levels have improved.

Miller Chemical says it manufactures nonhazardous crop protection and nutritional agrochemicals.
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems  oxygen  runoff 
13 days ago
Road Back Open In Knox Co. After Truck Carrying Pool Chemicals C
KNOX COUNTY, Ohio - Ohio 661 is back open in southern Knox County after a truck carrying pool chemicals crashed near Ward Road. 

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the tanker crashed into a ditch at about 10:30 a.m. Monday

Troopers had said earlier the truck was leaking acid but it was later determine no leak had occurred.  However, about 1,000 gallons of bleach spilled during the crash.

According to the driver of the truck, he was carrying pool supplies at the time of the crash. A wrecker was able to eventually pull the truck out of the ditch. The Ohio EPA and a clean up crew are overseeing the removal of the chemicals. The driver, uninjured in the crash, was cited by Ohio Highway Patrol for failure to control his vehicle.   
us_OH  transportation  release  response  bleach  pool_chemicals 
14 days ago
Two KU students injured when chemistry experiment goes awry / LJWorld.com
Two Kansas University students were taken to area hospitals after a chemical reaction around noon Monday in Malott Hall shattered a glass beaker and fume hood, authorities said.

The injuries, which were caused by breaking glass, were not life-threatening, said Capt. James Anguiano of the KU Public Safety Office.

One student was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, while the other was taken to Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Anguiano said.

No smoke or fire alarms were set off by the accident, and the building was not evacuated, said KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson. Malott Hall remained open.
us_KS  transportation  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Farmington Hills Ice Arena evacuated after chemical leak
The Farmington Hills Ice Arena was closed for about three hours Sunday afternoon as firefighters and a HAZMAT team investigated a potentially dangerous chemical leak.

According to Farmington Hills Fire Department Lt. Jamie Neufeld, a power outage and eventual surge that impacted the the area of M-5 and Drake Road likely caused the relief valve on the anhydrous ammonia to vent and thus triggered an alarm.

Neufeld said the arena, which had about 30-40 people inside, was evacuated immediately as anhydrous ammonia is dangerous to breathe. The chemical is often used by farmers as fertilizer and by the ice arena to keep the surface cold.

“When our first units got there, they went toward the tank and heard hissing,” Neufeld said. “The relief value did operate properly and there might have been a small release, but we are always going to be a little more on the safe side because it’s an extremely hazardous substance.”
us_MI  public  release  response  ammonia 
14 days ago
Cleanup effort underway after massive chemical plant fire
HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – The Miller Chemical and Fertilizer plant is working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to monitor water contamination. This, after emergency crews extinguished a fire at the Hanover facility on June 8.

According to the DEP, thousands of fish likely died due to runoff from the Miller site which reduced the concentration of oxygen and increased the presence of nitrogen compounds in the Conewago Creek.

The plant has acquired a large above ground tank to contain water pumped from those areas that have been affected.

The DEP confirmed that runoff water has been stopped from entering Slagle Run and Conewago Creek. In addition, no water systems of nearby municipalities have been contaminated.
us_PA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems  runoff 
14 days ago
Farmington Hills Ice Arena evacuated after chemical leak
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - Firefighters evacuated the Farmington Hills Ice Arena because of a potentially dangerous chemical leak.

It happened late afternoon on Sunday, June 14. Firefighters told MLive they believe there was a power surge that triggered a relief valve to vent from the anhydrous ammonia tank.

Someone inside the arena called 911 after hearing a loud sound, like an explosion, and smelling chemicals. There was no explosion, but firefighters and EMS evacuated the building immediately and brought in a Hazmat team because of the chemical leak.

Crews also evacuated a church next door and told people living nearby to stay in their homes.
us_MI  public  release  response  ammonia 
15 days ago
Chemical mixture likely behind explosion in central France: report
PARIS, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The three teenagers killed in an explosion in central France on Saturday likely lost the control of a chemical product mixture they were making, which provoked the explosion, local media reported on Sunday.
Speaking to news channel BFMTV, local Deputy Prosecutor Yves Dubuy said investigations revealed "significant traces of acetone and hydrochloric acid" on the spot and a weapon used for soft air games.
"The assumption of a loss of control over a chemical compound is studied," Dubuy added.
On Saturday afternoon, an explosion hit an abandoned house at Ranchevoux in Bas-en-Basset in central France, killing three teenagers aged 14 to 16.
A fourth victim was seriously wounded, the report added.
France  public  explosion  death  acetone  hydrochloric_acid 
15 days ago
Small fire at BioLab quickly contained by Rockdale County Fire Rescue
CONYERS - A small fire that started on a wood pallet outside at chemical manufacturer BioLab was quickly contained Sunday afternoon, according to Rockdale County Fire Rescue. No employees were injured and no evacuations were required.

Firefighters received the call around 12:45 p.m., according to a RCFR spokesperson. Some chemical residue on wood pallets that were being stored outside reportly caught fire.

The fire was quickly brought under control using a "deck gun" from one of the first responding units. A "deck gun" is a nozzle attached to the top of the fire engine capable of putting large amounts of water on a fire very quickly, according to a RCFR statement.

Six firefighters were sent to Rockdale Medical Center to be checked out for various non-life threatening injuries, including heat related conditions and exposure to chemicals. All were expected to be released Sunday.

According to a statement sent by Fire Chief Dan Morgan, "RCFR and Biolab responders train together during the year on a regular basis to be able to respond and combat these types of incidents quickly. That training was very evident today as the entire incident was kept confined to a small area within the BioLab grounds."
us_GA  industrial  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
HAZMAT crews on scene of an ammonia spill at Speedway Coca-Cola plant
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (June 15, 2015) – Fire and HAZMAT crews are on the scene of an ammonia leak at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Speedway.

Dispatchers received a call about a chemical spill from the plant in the 5000 block of West 25th Street near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just before 2 a.m. Monday.

Officers say employees in the plant were transferring liquid ammonia when it spilled or leaked from its container.

Crews have assessed the plant and have found no active leak. They are currently inside the building taking air samples to make sure the air is safe to breathe.
us_IN  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
15 days ago
Chemical fire prompts evacuation of homes near Forbes in Central West New South Wales
Fire and Rescue New South Wales said they received a call about the HAZMAT incident at Jemalong shortly before 10.00am (AEST).

Eight workers were evacuated but no-one was injured.

Superintendent Tom Cooper said the fire is under a 120,000 litre tank containing sodium.

"We believe that management from the company had tried to knock this fire out with carbon dioxide prior to the fire brigade being called," he said.

"Fire crews are now on site and have set up a 500-metre exclusion zone."

Police have evacuated nearby homes 500 metres downwind from the site as a precaution.

Crews from Fire and Rescue New South Wales and the Rural Fire Service responded to the incident.
Australia  industrial  fire  response  carbon_dioxide  sodium 
16 days ago
Hazmat finds unknown substance, ingredient in mothballs
A hazardous materials crew called to investigate an unknown substance found in east Bakersfield Friday determined the substance was the main ingredient in mothballs, the Kern County Fire Department reported.

Officials received a call just before 6:30 p.m. reporting a white crystallized substance found on the 5700 block of Fairfax Road, wrote Kern County Fire Department Captain Tyler Townsend in a news release late Friday night.

A local apartment manager told authorities he discovered a bucket of the unknown substance behind one of the apartment units. A hazmat crew gathered a sample and found through tests the substance was naphthalene, the main ingredient of mothballs.
us_CA  public  discovery  response  other_chemical 
16 days ago
Fire breaks out in Thirukkovil school technical lab (Watch video)
A fire brke out in the Technical Laboratory building of the Vinayagapuram Maha Vidyalaya in Thirukkovil.

News 1st was informed of the fire by U-Reporter Amila Mahesh.

The fire was reported at around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12, evening.

In the fire, 43 computers in the computer laboratory located on the upper floor of the Technical Laboratory building were destroyed.

According to U-Reporter Mahesh, the fire was doused with the assistance of the locals and the police. No casualties were reported.

Police have commenced an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Sri_Lanka  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Five injured in Andhra defence laboratory blast
Hyderabad, June 13
Five persons were injured in an explosion in the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) here on Saturday, an official said.
The explosion occurred in the BDL premises in Kanchanbagh area. The injured were admitted to nearby Apollo DRDO Hospital, the official said.
The cause of the explosion and other details are awaited. The BDL is a Central government enterprise under the defence ministry. IANS
India  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
Chemical spill on the A61 near Ripley
Fire crews dealt with a chemical spill on the A61 near Ripley overnight.

Approximatley 20 to 30 litres of Formic acid had leaked onto the road from a barrel which had fallen off a tractor and then hit two vehicles travelling behind on the A61.

Everyone travelling in the cars was checked over by paramedics.

Crews from Harrogate and Tadcaster initially respondedto reports of a chemical spill on the A61 near Ripley at 10.52pm.

Upon arrival crews called for a further three appliances and another heavy rescue unit which came from Summerbridge, Ripon, Knaresborough and Malton.
United_Kingdom  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
16 days ago
21Alive: News, Sports, Weather, Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, and CW
The Columbia City Police Department has ordered an evacuation for Southwest Columbia City due to a structure and chemical fire, located at C & R Plating Corp, 302 Factory Avenue.
We are asking residents in the following expanded areas to evacuate to the First Church Of God, 1200 W Depoy Drive:
All residents and businesses located in the area South of Market Street, between Main and Oak Streets, to the South city limits.
Additionally, if you can smell smoke or chemical smells at your location and you are outside the evacuation zone please leave as well.
us_IN  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
17 days ago
Hazardous gas sends 2 to hospital BEF Foods evacuated, 2 hurt
LIMA — An employee mixed a cleaning product with bleach at BEF Foods Inc. early Thursday, creating a gas that sent two employees to hospitals and caused the plant to be evacuated for three hours.

The chemical reaction was at the former Kettle Creations, which makes mashed potatoes for Bob Evans. The Allen County Emergency Management Agency was called at about 5:30 a.m. and worked with HAZMAT to clear the air, said Tom Berger, local EMA director.

Cody Rhinock, 26, of Lima, was taken to St Rita’s Medical Center, and Jacob Spencer, 22, of Lima, was taken to Lima Memorial Health System for breathing issues. Their injuries were not life threatening.

The building was cleared while the HAZMAT team assisted with the clean-up process, Berger said. Employees were allowed back into the plant at about 8:30 a.m. to continue working.
us_OH  industrial  release  injury  bleach 
17 days ago
1st Ld: Explosion and fire hit chemical plant in east China
NANJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- An explosion and ensuing fire hit a chemical plant in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing on Friday night, fire fighters said
An epoxyethane device at a plant in the chemical industry park in Nanjing got exploded and then triggered fire at about 9:15 p.m.. The fire spread to three of six chemical tanks nearby.
Each tank has a storage capacity of 1,000 cubic meters.
Workers have moved to safe areas after the explosion.
More than 200 fire fighters arrived at the site to put out the fire.
China  industrial  explosion  response  other_chemical 
17 days ago
City keeps a close watch on Conewago chemical leak
Lancaster officials say they are keeping a close eye on an Adams County fertilizer plant fire that has contaminated a tributary of the Susquehanna River, a major source of drinking water to tens of thousands of resident of the city and its suburbs.
The fire at Miller Chemical and efforts to extinguish it forced contaminants into the Conewago Creek, and public-works officials here say they are concerned about the impact on Lancaster’s water supply.
They said they may be forced to implement water restrictions if the chemicals reach Lancaster’s water source.
“It’s a pretty scary situation, and we hope everyone does their job of cleaning it up so it does not affect the city,” said Charlotte Katzenmoyer, Lancaster city’s director of public works.
She said that city employees are being vigilant and maintaining close contact with state Department of Environment Protection officials about the contamination.
us_PA  industrial  fire  environmental  ag_chems 
18 days ago
Evacuation after chemical leak at university laboratory
A chemical leak broke out at the Physics’ Department Clarendon Laboratory last Wednesday evening, causing the building to be evacuated.

The laboratory in Parks Road was evacuated around 10pm after reports were made of a smell later identified as ammonia gas.

Two fire engines from Oxford City station, a specialist Hazardous Decontamination Unit and decontamination vehicle, and a crew of twelve firemen successfully contained the incident.

A spokesman for Oxford University stated that there were no injuries as a result of the incident, adding: “Students noticed the noxious smell and called the University’s security services who immediately evacuated the building and notified the fire service”.

“The fire service responded rapidly and ensured that any gas was quickly dispersed and the equipment was made safe.The building reopened as normal this morning”.

Crew manager Ben Bishop from Rewley Road fire station commented: “Accurate information was supplied to us quickly to enable us to establish a good cordon nice and early to prevent anyone from being affected.”

“We are well versed with the hazards posed by this type of incident and conduct regular visits to ensure our information and plans are kept up-to-date and practiced”.

On being asked about concerns about safety in the laboratory, one first year Physics student said that he is not worried about the implications of this incident: “These things are very rare, and the authorities have proper procedure to take care of it. They do check equipment regularly, so I’m really not that worried”.

The University Safety Office has published a set of safety rules for laboratories where there is a risk of chemical exposure. Rules are reviewed annually and are explained to laboratory personnel and students before they begin practical work.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  release  response  ammonia 
18 days ago
No injuries in fire that required hazmat crews
Several first responders were on the scene of a fire involving hazardous materials, according to Craighead County Jonesboro E911 Director Jeff Presley. No one was injured in the incident.

Presley told Region 8 News that a truck loaded with fertilizer caught fire near Highway 91 between Cash and Jonesboro, near Cole Corner.

According to Presley, several fire departments assisted in fighting the blaze. The Arkansas Office of Emergency Management was called to assist.

Presley said no evacuations took place because the fire was "in an open area."

Crews on the scene told dispatchers that the truck is loaded with 12,000 pounds of urea. The fire started in the cab of the truck and did not spread to the urea.
us_AR  transportation  fire  response  ag_chems 
18 days ago
UPDATE: 7 released from hospital after UW-P chemical spill
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Seven people were sent to the hospital for observation and precautionary measures following a chemical spill today in a University of Wisconsin-Platteville building.
University officials said no injuries were reported.
The chemical “spill” occurred at about 11:45 a.m. in Ottensman Hall, causing a reaction that released a chemical cloud throughout the second floor of the building, according to a press release. The university’s chemistry program is housed on that floor.
According to Jesse Decker, UW-P risk management specialist, a small amount of lithium metal accidentally was dropped into a sink drain. The reaction of lithium with water in the drain trap caused hydrogen gas and lithium hydroxide to form.
Fire department crews responded to verify that the chemical reaction was complete and to ventilate the floor. One student and six staff members, whose names were not released, were exposed to the chemical cloud. They were sent to Southwest Health Center for observation and precautionary measures. They were released later Thursday.
By 2 p.m. the building was ventilated, the scene of the spill secured and the ground, first and third floors of the building reopened.
Parts of the second floor will remain closed until further notice, along with the main elevator for the building, according to university spokesman Dan Wackershauser. He did not know how many people were in the building at the time of the spill.
According to Decker, specifically for lithium metal, safety protocols are followed as directed by the university’s safety data sheet.
“The quick work of our (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) team under John Niehaus and extra ventilating fans provided by the Platteville Fire Department allowed for quick venting and minimization of the chemical,” wrote Decker in an email. “We will be reviewing this incident in its entirety with the principal investigator, the chemical hygiene officer and the chair of chemistry (department).”
us_WI  laboratory  release  response  hydrogen  metals 
18 days ago
Police: Man Kills Self With Chemical Gas, 11 Hospitalized
A man who was apparently distraught over a failing relationship released chemical gases in his apartment on Thursday, killing himself and sending 11 other people to the hospital, authorities said.
Police in Lowell say officers and paramedics responded in the late morning to a third-floor apartment after the 31-year-old man made postings on Facebook that concerned his friends.
23 Animals Found Dead in Home, Owners Arrested
Authorities aren't sure what chemicals were used, but early indications are a mix of hydrogen and sulfur, police Capt. Timothy Crowley said.
"We believe that the reason he had been making postings about harming himself was the dissolving of a relationship that he had," Crowley said.
RAW VIDEO: Police at Hazmat Scene in Lowell, Massachusetts
Authorities say 1 person committed chemical suicide and that at least 7 first responders have been hospitalized. (Published Thursday, Jun 11, 2015)
Four police officers and three emergency medical workers were exposed to hazardous materials and were taken to a hospital in unknown conditions, authorities said. The four officers were being treated for possible respiratory problems.
Four residents of the house also were taken to the hospital, but police say it doesn't appear they were exposed to the gases.
us_MA  public  release  death  hydrogen  suicide  sulphur 
18 days ago
Firefighters battle blaze at chemical factory near Dimona
Firefighters were battling a blaze that broke out at one of the facilities of the Rotem Amfert chemicals factory near Dimona on Wednesday.

Factory emergency services, who were helping to fight the fire along with 17 firefighting crews, said that there was not known to be anybody trapped in the facility.

The firefighters were all evacuated from the facility, which was in danger of collapsing. Biohazard teams were also on the scene.

One firefighter fell sustaining light injuries while fighting the blaze and an employee took ill from breathing in noxious fumes. Fire crews were fighting to prevent the blaze from spreading to the factory's ammonia production facility.

Rotem Amfert is a subsidiary of Israel Chemicals which produces complex fertilizers and phosphate fertilizers.
Israel  industrial  fire  injury  ag_chems  ammonia 
19 days ago
Medics ill after exposure to unknown chemical in Auckland mall
Three St John paramedics have been hospitalised after coming into contact with an unknown chemical while treating a man in an Auckland shopping mall bathroom.

A large emergency service presence descended on Westfield Manukau about 1.20pm.
St John spokesman Robbie Walker said three paramedics and the male patient were being transported to Middlemore Hospital.

Fire Service spokesman Jaron Phillips said they had come into contact with a jar of an unknown chemical while treating the patient who had also come into contact with the chemical.

Mr Walker said the original patient was in a serious condition while one paramedic was in a serious condition, one in a moderate condition and one in a minor condition.

Mr Phillips said the man had the "jar of chemicals", understood to be a liquid, in a bathroom at the mall.

Numerous police, firefighters and St John vehicles were seen at the shopping centre on the corner of Great South Rd and Manukau Station Rd.

Fire Service hazardous material crews decontaminated personnel and controlled the chemical, said Mr Phillips.
New_Zealand  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
19 days ago
Chemical spill closes major intersection in uptown Beckley
 Emergency responders were on the scene of a chemical spill in Beckley on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  According to a Captain with the Beckley Fire Department, five 5-gallon buckets fell off of a truck at around 3 p.m.  Right now, there is no word on what the chemical was.

Crews have closed down one lane on Harper Road and one lane on Robert C. Byrd Drive at the intersection where the two roads meet.  That is near the Beckley Intermodal Gateway.  Officials said the lanes will be closed for several hours.  Drivers should avoid the area
us_WV  transportation  release  response  unknown_chemical 
19 days ago
No injuries in chemical fire off Indiana 57
Firefighters put out a chemical fire at a Vanderburgh County business on Indiana 57 at about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire at American Custom Extrusion was reported at 1:45 p.m., about four miles northeast of Evansville Regional Airport. The fire occurred inside the exhaust ducts of American Custom, where it was contained, firefighters said. It did not spread to the interior of the building. Arriving crews found the building full of smoke. The fire took about an hour to put out.

All employees were evacuated and no one was injured. Tim Robards, owner of American Custom Extrusion, said there was minimal damage to the building and that the facility would be operational again late Tuesday afternoon. The business is located at 14020 Indiana 57.

Firefighters were unable to use water to extinguish the fire because of compounds used and present in the ducts, officials said. Instead, chemical extinguishers and carbon dioxide were used to put out the fire.

"This is a relatively rare incident," Captain Nathan Stoermer said. "The exterior heat with how hot and humid it is compounded the issue."

Indiana 57 was shut down for about an hour due to the incident.
us_IN  industrial  fire  response  carbon_dioxide 
20 days ago
Firefighters Respond to Hazmat Incident in East Hampton
Update, 3:30 p.m.: A case of pool chemicals fell off the back of a truck, calling out the East Hampton Fire Department's hazmat team on Tuesday afternoon. 

Ken Wessberg, the first assistant fire chief, said about half a gallon of muriatic acid, used to clean the lining of pools, spilled onto the road at the intersection of Cedar Street and Stephen Hand's Path. He and Gerry Turza, the second assistant chief, responded to the call.

"The road started smoking," Chief Wessberg said, adding that he called the fire marshal, who said the hazmat team could use water on the chemicals. Firefighters hosed down the road. 

The case likely fell off a pool company's truck, but no one claimed the chemicals, Chief Wessberg said. The situation took about 20 minutes to remedy. "Everything is fine," he said. 
us_NY  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid  pool_chemicals 
20 days ago
UCF Police find suspicious chemicals at Knights Circle
Reports of a suspicious package sent area police officers to Knights Circle apartments, where they found bottles filled with foil and acid — a chemical mixture that causes containers to pressurize and explode.

Around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, UCF Police officers received a call from a Knights Circle maintenance worker who was doing a routine clean-up in the parking lot, according to a UCF PD news release.

The worker found a Powerade bottle filled with pressurized liquid at the parking lot between buildings 12 and 13.

Officers responded on scene and found three more bottles nearby.

Police knocked on the apartment doors and asked students to evacuate buildings 12 and 13. About a half hour later, a UCF Alert was sent out the community, warning students to stay clear of the area. Officers from the UCF Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Office roped off the area surrounding buildings 12 and 13. The local fire department and bomb techs were also on the scene.
us_FL  education  discovery  response  bomb 
20 days ago
Estonia chemical plant catches fire
A fire broke out at an Estonian plant producing rare metals on June 9, sending potentially toxic chemicals into the air.

That's according to the national Rescue Service Department.  

Local residents were urged to stay indoors and keep all windows closed after the Silmet complex caught ablaze near the town of Sillamäe.

"There are chemicals in there. It is unclear yet whether an explosion can occur due to high temperature combustion. Rescuers suggest there may be some acids in the building but this information is unconfirmed," - said a spokesperson of Rescue Service Department, Helen Tammets.

The fire has destroyed the roof of one of the plant facilities, preventing firefighters from tackling the flames from inside the building. Chemical contamination and the spread of toxic smoke remains a threat.

Rescuers arrived with special equipment and doctors at the scene, but so far it is unknown whether people were trapped in the burning building. 

Earlier today a similar tragedy hit Ukraine's capital - a powerful explosion killed a number of firemen as they fought to control a blazing fuel depot which had burned through the night outside of Kyiv.
Ukraine  industrial  fire  death  acids  metals  toxics 
20 days ago
West-inspired fertilizer storage bill signed into law
A fertilizer safety bill inspired by the 2013 West explosion that killed 15 people is now law and should ensure that no more ammonium nitrate facilities explode, said its author, state Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-College Station.
Kacal, whose district includes West, stood with West Mayor Tommy Muska on Monday as Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 942.
“We’re going to make this state safer,” he said. “I hope there’s not another fire at one of these facilities — we cannot prevent those — but a fire should not be catastrophic.”
The bill requires ammonium nitrate dealers to allow state fire marshal inspections, to maintain a 30-foot distance between the fertilizer and flammable materials and to report their storage quantities to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rather than the Department of State Health Services.
A fire at the West Fertilizer Co. dealership on April 17, 2013, detonated 30 tons of the granulated nitrogen fertilizer, leading to an explosion that wrecked whole neighborhoods and killed 15 people, mostly firefighters.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  ag_chems  ammonium_nitrate  flammables  nitrogen 
20 days ago
Drinking water contaminated by Adams County chemical plant fire; water restrictions in place
Thousands of Adams County residents on Tuesday remained under mandatory water restrictions one day after a fire destroyed a fertilizer plant and led to the contamination of one of the main water sources in the region.

Approximately 4,500 New Oxford residents continued to get their water from York County after public safety officials detected contaminants in the south branch of the Conewago Creek in the aftermath of the Monday fire that destroyed the Miller Chemical and Fertilizer Corp., in Conewago Township just outside Hanover.

Officials are closely monitoring another tributary after they found traces of herbicides, pesticides and other substances consistent with possible contamination.

Officials shut down the main intake for water for New Oxford early on Monday in advance of a possible contamination from the runoff of the water used to battle the blaze.

John Repetz, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, explained that as a result, water samples showed no negative impact to the water supply for the borough.

The contamination continued to work its way through the creek on Tuesday, however, but the intake remained shut down. Residents do not have access to that water.
us_PA  public  fire  environmental  ag_chems  pesticides  runoff 
20 days ago
Firefighters battle chemical plant fire
HANOVER — Firefighters attacked a blaze later Monday at a central Pennsylvania chemical plant after letting it burn for hours.

Officials said crews were knocking down remaining exterior walls and pouring water on the flames at Miller Chemical and Fertilizer plant in Conewago, Adams County.

They constructed a retention pool to recycle hose water and minimize environmental impact.

The blaze broke out at about 3:30 a.m. Monday and burned into the afternoon. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

Officials said the smoke is not considered toxic. Nearby residents were asked to shelter in place as a precaution. Officials were monitoring air quality.

People at the scene reported a nasty smell and burning eyes. Several containers were heard exploding.

Miller Chemical said it manufactures nonhazardous crop protection and nutritional agrochemicals.
us_PA  industrial  explosion  response  ag_chems 
20 days ago
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