Mine company owned by Rep. Keith Hall spills chemical into stream; state says it isn't toxic
A coal-mining company owned by state Rep. W. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, spilled an undetermined quantity of a chemical into his constituents' drinking water supply in Pike County earlier this month, state and local officials said Thursday.

On April 4, the Phelps Fire Department responded to a report of a chemical spill at Hall's BMM Inc., according to the Kentucky Division of Water, which is now in charge of the investigation. Photos show a white, foamy liquid pouring from the front of a blue building on the property, crossing a parking lot and running into a stream that leads to Peter Creek, which flows into the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River upriver from a local drinking-water intake.

"A gel-like substance" was still "seeping from the building" on April 9 when a state inspector toured the site, but it was not running into the stream five days later, said Dick Brown, a spokesman for the Division of Water. No sample was collected, Brown said.

"The DOW inspector was able to contact Mr. Hall and was told by Mr. Hall that the substance is a dust suppressant known as 'Dust Away,'" Brown said. "Mr. Hall said approximately 55 gallons of the product has spilled inside the building and resulted in the subsequent leakage outside the building."
us_KY  public  release  response  dust 
11 hours ago
Lincoln Park High School Chem Lab Fire Leads to Lawsuit
LINCOLN PARK — The mother of a student who was burned in a chemistry lab fire at Lincoln Park High School is suing the school, Chicago Public Schools and the teacher involved.

Jennifer Dryden, the mother of student Tatiana Schwirblat, filed the lawsuit last week arguing the chemistry teacher, Joy Walter, and other defendants were negligent.

The chemistry lab fire broke out just before noon Nov. 25 and injured a total of five students, authorities said at the time.

Tatiana, 16, suffered second-degree burns, including burns on her face, authorities said.

The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court claims Walter was demonstrating an experiment involving the ignition of elements when the fire erupted.

Walter was igniting the element cobalt in a Petri dish with a match and poured an "unmeasured" amount of methanol over the cobalt and match, which sparked an explosion, according to the lawsuit.

Tatiana's clothes caught fire, causing burns on her body and face, according to the suit.

The lawsuit claims Walter failed to take steps to protect students from injury, including putting up a shield around the Petri dish to prevent injury in case of an explosion.
us_IL  laboratory  follow-up  injury  methanol 
11 hours ago
Thomas Guetzloff: Chemical spill may inspire new scientists
The aftermath of January’s chemical spill into the Elk River has been a trying time for many people in and around the Kanawha Valley. However, from an educational standpoint, it has had one positive outcome. It has brought a new level of discourse about science and technology into the public media.

Many scientists and others have been pulled into discussions about water safety and chemical testing. This appears to have attracted the attention of many young people.

My hope is that this will encourage more students to go into the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Perhaps they are learning about the need for our society to have more individuals trained in science to deal with occurrences like the chemical spill that affect people’s everyday lives. The workforce of the future will need people who know how to maintain proper scientific protocols in testing, research and the reporting of findings.

As a chemistry professor, many of my friends and students have sought me out for answers to their questions about MCHM. I have tried to allay many of their fears. People have been confused by the jargon, including the use of terms such as “so many parts per million or billion.”
us_WV  public  follow-up  response  other_chemical 
11 hours ago
Hazmat teams take out 4,000 containers of chemicals from Seattle home
Seattle, WA, United States (4E) – Hazardous material teams completed removing about 4,000 containers of hazardous chemicals from a Seattle home Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Firefighters discovered the chemical stockpile in the Green Lake neighborhood home while helping a resident walk down the steps of the house on April 8. They alerted the EPA because some of the containers were leaking and many were stored improperly and unlabelled.

It took nine days to clean up the home of a brother and sister in their 90s as the containers had to be safely packed before removal. Absorbent pellets were used to capture and neutralize chemicals spilling from leaking and open containers placed in plastic buckets.

The 91-year-old co-owner of the house told EPA inspectors that he’s a scientist and he never felt endangering himself or his neighbors.

Investigators, however, said chemicals oozing, seeping and spilling out of containers pose danger to neighbors as they could produce violent chemical reaction or cause a fire, said Jeffrey Rodin, on-scene coordinator for the EPA.

Neighbors were unaware of the chemical stockpile in the home and they were relieved when the cleanup was over.
us_WA  laboratory  discovery  response  other_chemical 
11 hours ago
Odor leads to Foege Building hazmat response
Several Seattle Fire Department (SFD) units were called to the Foege Building on Thursday afternoon after receiving reports of a potential hazardous material incident. 

According to Seattle Fire Real-Time 911, units were dispatched to the building, which is shared by the Department of Genome Sciences and the Department of Bioengineering, at 3:15 p.m., responding to calls of a strange odor in the building.

After making a preliminary assessment of the scene, University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) Cmdr. Steve Rittereiser said the SFD had concerns that led to a larger response from their hazardous materials team and a full evacuation of the building. 

Rittereiser said the SFD found a broken gallon-sized bottle inside the building that said “organic waste” on it. On Twitter, the SFD reported that this broken bottle is what caused the odor. It is unclear what the contents of the bottle were. The incident did not result in any injuries or exposures.

15th Avenue Northeast between Northeast Boat Street and Northeast Pacific Street was closed for several hours, and people were advised to avoid the area while fire department officials investigated the incident. According to UW Alert, normal building operations had resumed by 5:45 p.m., with one room on the fifth floor remaining closed for the remainder of the evening.
us_WA  laboratory  release  response  waste 
12 hours ago
1 dead after blast, fire in Tenn. ammo, explosives plant
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An explosion and fire at a plant in Tennessee where several ammunition and explosives businesses are based has killed one person and left three injured.

Police and fire dispatchers said rescue workers were called Wednesday afternoon to a blast at a plant in McEwen, about 55 miles west of Nashville.

The property where the plant is based is home to several businesses that have federal licenses for ammunition or explosives, said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Michael Knight. Knight said it was unclear which plant was involved, and he said agents were still trying to determine exactly what happened.

"It's been a tragic incident," CBS Nashville affiliate WTVF-TV quotes ATF Special Agent Jeff Fulton as saying. "We've had a loss of life, so we want to make sure an investigator doesn't get injured. It's gonna take us a little while to get this scene stabilized, get a engineer in here, get some heavy equipment in here and make sure we don't have some explosive powers that will hurt somebody."
us_TN  industrial  explosion  death  explosives 
Worker burned in flash fire in Franklin
FRANKLIN — A Chelsea Drum Company employee suffered serious burns on Wednesday in a flash fire.
Emergency officials responded to the Beaver Street company, which refurbishes barrels and drums, at around 10:30 a.m.
The man had been using a flashlight to inspect what he believed to be an empty barrel when flames suddenly shot out, Fire Chief Gary McCarraher said.
McCarraher said the barrel previously contained hexane, a highly flammable liquid primarily used in extracting edible oils from seed and vegetable crops. The flashlight, he said, ignited a flash fire.
"If there’s a low concentration of the product in the area, once it reaches an ignition source, it burns off very quickly," he said.
us_MA  industrial  fire  response  flammables 
Chemical Plant Explosion in China Kills at Least Five: photo 2
The explosion of a chemical plant and subsequent fire killed at least five people in the city of Rugao, in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, on April 16, according to official reports. 

Two loud explosions sounded at around 10 a.m., issuing from the machine shop of a chemical plant that produces stearic acid in Rugao City, according to the official local newspaper Jianghai Evening News. 

The fire was controlled at around 11 a.m, though rescue activities continue into the evening. At least 5 were found dead and 12 hospitalized, reports said. Three people were missing. The final death toll has not been made public.

“Bang! It was so loud. I thought it was a military exercise! And then I saw fire in the sky!” said a local resident who lives near the plant, in an interview with the U.S.-based Sound of Hope radio. “The doors and windows shook.”  

Photos from China News, an official website, show heavy black smoke and large fires emanating from the plant, with part of the building collapsed. An irritating odor filled the air, the report said. Bodies were moved with a forklift.  

Reports said that 20 ambulances were dispatched; police are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

The burnt plant belongs a large private manufacturer in Rugao City, called Shuangma Chemical, which launched in 1997. It mainly produces stearic acid, glycerin, palm wax. 
China  industrial  explosion  death  other_chemical 
Hazmat team called to local residence
COLUMBUS — The Columbus hazardous materials team was called to a local residence Tuesday afternoon after the property owner reported an unknown substance leaking from a container in the house’s basement.

According to Columbus Fire Chief Dean Hefti, the substance was reported around 2:30 p.m. and the hazmat team mobilized about an hour later after devising a plan to address the situation at 2421 10th St.

Hefti said four members of the hazmat team suited up and two entered the house to take a look at the container and determine how it could be removed.

The 5-gallon bucket was placed in a second container with absorbent and removed from the house. Testing showed the liquid was a mixture of pesticide and diesel fuel, Hefti said.

The fire chief said the bucket had been in the house’s basement for decades.

The hazmat team spent about six hours addressing the situation and members of the Columbus Fire and Police departments and a Nebraska State Patrol hazardous incident team also assisted at the scene.
us_NE  public  discovery  response  unknown_chemical  diesel  pesticides 
Officials: Failed Transformer Caused Cleaning Solution to Overheat in Cain Building
Fire crews say a malfunctioning circulation pump triggered an automatic fire alarm Wednesday morning on the Texas A&M campus.

Before 7 a.m., firefighters were called to the James A Cain building on Spence Street for a potential haz mat situation. When they went inside the building, crews discovered that a machine used to clean the parts of a 3D printer malfunctioned. The circulation pump moves a solution that contains sodium hydroxide.

Officials believe there was a problem with a transfromer that caused the solution to overheat. That sent fumes into a room on the third floor. The building was evacuated.

An emergency alert was broadcast over televisions alerting the community that the building would be closed until further notice.

At 7:55 a.m., Texas A&M sent out a Code Maroon message saying that there is a Chemical Spill at James Cain/Engineering Physics. The building is shut down. The message also asked that people avoid the area.
us_TX  laboratory  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
Possible HAZMAT Situation at Otero Jr. College
The odor from a beaker that boiled dry on a hot plate prompted evacuations at a southern Colorado College Tuesday.

It happened at Wheeler Hall at Otero Jr. College. The building was closed while HAZMAT investigated what was going on in the Chemistry lab.

The La Junta fire department says no injuries were reported.
us_CO  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
Three Injured in Fire at Laboratory
Three staffers of Anglo-French Drugs & Industries Ltd sustained severe burns when a fire broke out in the lab in Peenya Industrial Area on Tuesday.

Six fire tenders were pressed into service and after an operation that lasted for more than three hours, the fire was doused.

Two of the injured, Manjunath and Abishek,  have been hospitalised. The third person is yet to be identified. 

Fire department officials said the fire broke out around 2.50 pm on the first floor of the two-storey building on AVB Road. Security guard Timmarayappa noticed smoke billowing out from the lab and alerted the fire force but the fire spread to other parts of the building.

More than 80 people on the ground floor did not notice or hear the fire as some parts of the building was sound-proof. They were alerted by people outside the building. Manjunath and Abhishek were rescued before fire fighters reached the spot. Chemicals and other drugs used to manufacture medicines were destroyed in the fire.

A senior officer from the fire department said the building neither had fire-fighting equipment nor a No-Objection Certificate from the department. The cause of the fire and losses are yet to be ascertained, Peenya police said.
India  laboratory  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 days ago
2 injured in Tacoma trailer explosion
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man who ran off after an explosion blew apart a 30-foot trailer in Tacoma was later found and taken to a hospital with burns.

Another man found at the scene Monday morning also was treated at a hospital for burns.

Tacoma Fire Department officials say the blast around 2 a.m. destroyed the trailer, which was parked behind a house.

The Fire Department says investigators determined the explosion was caused by propane gas from a portable tank venting into the enclosed trailer. Despite initial reports, investigators say they found no evidence of a drug lab.
us_WA  public  explosion  injury  drugs  propane 
3 days ago
Aldrich Chemical damaged in lightning strike
A lightning strike at Sigma-Aldrich Chemical early Sunday morning blew out a water main and damaged the company’s critical fire-supression system.

According to a release from the Town of Wilson Fire Department, the well supplies the plant’s 1 million gallon fire pond, which provides water for the entire fire suppression system at the facility

It also blew out a water main on the south east part of the property, setting off an alarm that started the main fire pump. That light strike also set off three other alarms at the plant.

By the time maintenance staff arrived at the pump house, the pond was empty. Production cannot continue if the fire supression system is out of order.
us_WI  industrial  discovery  response  other_chemical 
3 days ago
One taken to hospital after explosion in downtown Winston-Salem lab
One person was injured in a small chemical explosion that shut down streets around city hall for several hours Monday morning.
Winston-Salem police, firefighters and EMS personnel responded to a call of an explosion at 200 East First St., part of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, around 10 a.m. A small explosion in a fume hood in a fourth-floor lab injured a person conducting a routine experiment. Eric Tomlinson, president of the Innovation Quarter, said the injured person was shielded from the explosion by the hood’s screen but suffered minor injuries to the hands. That individual was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center by EMS.

...The injured person was working for Asinex, a company that makes substances used by the pharmaceutical industry. Byrum said the employee was mixing sodium azide with a trade chemical, a routine procedure.
“It’s a normal reaction, that for some reason this time went awry,” Tomlinson said.
us_NC  laboratory  explosion  injury  sodium_azide 
3 days ago
Health woes vex neighbors of tire warehouse fire
TORRINGTON — A tire fire in Torrington that stopped burning more than a week ago has led to health concerns among local residents.
The Toce Brothers Co. warehouse fire began April 3 and was extinguished the next day. Water from fire hoses cascaded along the road containing bits of rubber.
More than 1 million gallons of water and hundreds of gallons of foam extinguished the fire.
The Republican-American reports that debris were strewn along the curb, around storm drains and filled in crevasses. Roads were coated with what looked like black paint.
Health officials say residents do not face significant health or environmental risks especially if they take all reasonable steps to clean their property.
Pamela Colucci says her dog's paws were black and sticky after a recent walk.
us_CT  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
KENNEWICK, Wash.: Ammonia leak clears Toyota Center in Kennewick
KENNEWICK, WASH. — Hundreds of people were evacuated from the Toyota Center during a junior hockey game Sunday afternoon because of an ammonia leak.

KEPR reports (http://bit.ly/1m1h42W) firefighters responded to an ammonia alarm and aired out the building.

Refrigeration workers hoped to have things back to normal Monday.
us_WA  public  release  response  ammonia 
4 days ago
Chemical scare at Sydney Water building
Hundreds of workers have been evacuated from Sydney Water's headquarters in Parramatta after a chemical scare.

The alarm was raised at a tower block just before 1pm (AEST) on Monday, with police sealing off parts of the road and forcing staff to abandon their desks and wait outside for much of the afternoon.
Fire and Rescue NSW said chemicals had mixed in the basement and the compound was giving off a strong, potentially dangerous vapour.
Firefighters wearing protective suits and rubber gloves entered the basement to try to identify if there was any imminent threat.
It is understood they isolated one of the chemicals in a 50-litre drum and made it safe.
One firefighter was seen being washed down with a hose outside the building.
Australia  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Powder shuts down hospital emergency room in Memphis; substance proves to be nontoxic
A FedEx employee exposed to a white powder on the job prompted the shutdown and decontamination of the emergency room at Methodist University Hospital Sunday night, according a Memphis Fire Department spokesman.

The 42-year-old woman went home after her shift and showered, but drove herself to the emergency room after she started experiencing breathing problems and vomiting.

Her name was not released.

Late Sunday night, the substance was determined to be a nontoxic food additive, and the woman was scheduled to be released from the hospital, according to fire department spokesman Lt. Wayne Cooke.

Hospital authorities alerted the fire department at 6:45 p.m., prompting hazmat units to shut down the emergency room in the Medical Center area and begin decontamination procedures.

Until just before 10 p.m., Cooke said all tests performed on the substance had continued to come back “inconclusive or negative.”
us_TN  public  release  injury  dust 
4 days ago
Big fire sends toxic smoke across Gore
UPDATED 6:54am: Praise for fire crews in Gore who've managed to contain a massive fire in a livestock supplies factory.

It took five hours to get it under control and it's still being tended to, but area manager Bruce Stubbs says they've managed to stop the intense blaze from spreading beyond the property.

"The operational crews here on arrival and throughout the evening have prevented any of the adjacent buildings from being affected. We've been able to save those buildings."

At its height, a dense, chemical-laden smoke hung over the southern area of Gore and residents were told to stay inside this morning if they have breathing problems they should see their GP.
New_Zealand  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Series of explosion in Tarapur chemical unit, no casualties reported
MUMBAI: A series of six explosions took place in the reactor of a chemical plant in Tarapur MIDC on Sunday evening. Reports of injuries were not known.

According to fire brigade sources, the at least six explosions were heard from the reactor of Spectrochem Pvt Limited, located on plot E-55 in the Tarapur-MIDC area. The first explosion occurred at 8.32 pm, said API Abbasaheb Patil of Boisar-MIDC police. It was followed by another five blasts followed by fire in the factory.

As the flames spread, the entire area was cordoned off. Though it was not known whether there were any casualties, police said that the factory had shut down for the day at 3 pm. Interestingly, all industries in the Tarapur-MIDC area are shut on Fridays and work in three shifts on all other days, including Sundays. It is not known why Spectro Chemicals that manufacture laboratory and organic chemicals shut down early on Sunday.
India  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
4 days ago
Why the recurrence?
Four individuals died and many more have been badly injured in Tejturi Bazar fire on Thursday. Reports relating to the hazards posed by factories and chemical workshops situated in residential areas have appeared regularly in the media. Despite all the concerns expressed over the years and court orders to free residential areas of chemical stores, no effective compliant measures have neither been enforced nor taken.
What has happened in Tejturi Bazar is simple: an open 200-litre paint thinner barrel developed a fire and the flames simply leapt out of the shop and into the narrow alley. The intensity of the fire could be seen from the manner in which the flames affected passersby. As for those inside the shop, apart from the individuals who have died, their normal breathing ran into problems. As a medical expert at DMCH put it, the hot gases burnt the breathing tracts of the affected individuals.
The question now is: How much more time must elapse before real and effective action is taken against elements who allow parts of their homes to be used as shops where dangerous chemicals may be in use? Apart from that, when will purposeful action be demonstrated to ensure safety measures for shop employees?
Whatever suggestions have been made by experts should be revisited on a priority basis and a strategy adopted to implement those within a specified timeline under the watch of a clearly designated authority. We cannot be mute spectators to deaths of unsuspecting people through avoidable accidents.
Bangladesh  public  follow-up  death  solvent 
5 days ago
Fuel from south-side refinery spills into S.A. River
Fuel from a south-side refinery spilled into the San Antonio River Saturday morning as the fire department and a hazardous materials crew rushed to the scene to try to contain the spill.

The fuel spilled into the river just south of S.E. Military Drive and S. Presa Street.

Fire crews said the Calumet refinery plant was transferring jet fuel to a rail truck Friday night when it spilled.

Firefighters didn't receive word about that spill until Saturday morning, because the refinery initially believed they had contained the spill.

Fire Department and San Antonio River Authority personnel on the scene said about 1,100 gallons spilled out.
us_TX  transportation  release  response  jet_fuel 
5 days ago
Hotel, homes evacuated in SE Houston gas leak
A motel and four homes had to be evacuated earlier Saturday after a gas leak in southeast Houston.

Houston Fire Department officials reported a leak in a main gas line at Chevers and Martin Luther King Boulevard just after noon.

The gas line is a two-inch pressurized line, not something hazmat teams could handle, according to HFD. 

The gas company is bringing heavy duty crews to the scene, and HFD officials said it may be some time before the area is clear of danger.
us_TX  public  release  response  other_chemical 
5 days ago
2 killed in chemical unit blast
VISAKHAPATNAM: Two chemists were killed and 16 workers injured in an explosion that ripped through the reactor of Deccan Fine Chemicals Private Limited's plant near Rajavaram village in Payakaraopeta mandal in the district in the early hours of Saturday.

The deceased were identified as V Ramu, 36, of Narsipatnam and G Subba Rao, 31, of Alamuru in East Godavari. Both died on their way to a hospital in Visakhapatnam. The other injured workers were admitted to hospitals in Tuni.

According to sources, the condition of two of the injured is critical, while the remaining 14 are said to be stable. A majority of the injured fell unconscious after inhaling the fumes of chemical Dichloromethane, popularly known as Methylene Dichloride, that spread all over the block as a result of the blast, causing suffocation and breathing problem.

According to police, the incident took place between 5 am to 6 am when around 30 workers were at the site and the two chemists at the reactor. The increased pressure in the reactor might have caused the accident, one of the employees said.

Such was the impact of the blast, which took place in block-A of the plant and set off a fire, that its sound was heard nearly one km away, triggering panic in the nearby villages.
India  industrial  explosion  death  methylene_chloride 
5 days ago
Grass fire kept short of Lawrence chemical plant
Firefighters from several Douglas County municipalities Friday helped prevent a grass fire from reaching phorphorus tanks at a Lawrence-area chemical plant.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical units responded at 12:51 p.m. Friday to a report of a grass fire near Isreal Chemical Limited, a plant north of Lawrence that produces materials used in making fertilizers.

First responders reported flames encroaching on the plant’s chemical tanks, and a structure fire situation was declared along with a mutual aid request. Fire units from Eudora, Wakarusa, Lecompton and Kanwaka townships responded to deal with burning trees and vegetation close to the plant.
us_KS  industrial  fire  response  ag_chems 
6 days ago
Agencies respond to chemical spill at Amity Road
A 150 gallon mixture of xylene and ethyl benzene was spilled at a Halliburton chemical service, Multi-Chem, at Amity Road in Conway Thursday.

According to the Conway Fire Department, which responded to the scene due to the flammable nature of the chemicals, the product is used in natural gas extraction as a de-foaming agent.

An Arkansas Department of Emergency Management hazardous materials incident report associated with the spill states the chemical solution’s container was damaged by a forklift.

The incident report states the release of the chemicals was contained on site, and no injuries or evacuations were reported.

The tank was at capacity with 330 gallons of the solution.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality responded to observe cleanup activities carried out by Multi-Chem’s contractor, United States Environmental Services.
us_AR  industrial  release  response  xylene  Flammables 
6 days ago
Three small fires doused at Los Alamos lab
LOS ALAMOS – Crews have doused three small fires at Los Alamos National Laboratory that were sparked by fragments at one of the northern New Mexico lab’s firing ranges.

Officials say the fires were ignited Thursday afternoon at Technical Area 36 and were out within an hour. The area is fenced and in a remote location.

Lab spokesman Kevin Roark tells The Los Alamos Monitor (http://bit.ly/1nd1NMl) the fire department did a good job keeping the blazes from spreading.

The threat of wildfire at the lab is a big concern.

After a large wildfire lapped at the edges of lab property in the summer of 2011, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez identified the removal of thousands of barrels of waste as a top priority.

The waste is stored above ground at one of the lab’s other technical areas
us_NM  laboratory  fire  response  waste 
6 days ago
Chemical factory blast kills two in Andhra Pradesh
A reactor blast at a chemical factory at Rajavaram under the limits of Payakaraopeta police station bordering Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, about 100 km from here, killed two persons and injured 26 others on Saturday.

Among the injured, 19 were admitted to hospital with minor injuries, Visakhapatnam SP Vikram Jeet Duggal said. The incident occurred at Deccan Fine Chemicals Pvt. Ltd at about 6 a.m.

The deceased have been identified as Ramu (36) of Narsipatnam and Subba Rao (31) of Alamuru (East Godavari). Both, working as chemists, died on the way to hospital. Tension broke out at the factory with the workers and people in the neighbourhood staging a dharna criticising the management for not taking enough safeguards to prevent the incident.

The fire was doused a few hours later after fire tenders from Tuni, Payakaraopeta and other places were rushed to the spot. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Officials from the Factories Department took blast samples from the spot for chemical examination.  
India  industrial  explosion  death  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Hazmat Situation at College of New Jersey
Hazmat crews were called to the College of New Jersey Friday afternoon after a student was exposed to a hazardous chemical.

The female student was exposed to benzyl bromide while in the chemistry building located on the college campus at 2000 Pennington Road, according to school officials.

"She was walking around, into the library and the dining hall," said J.J. Heindel, a 21-year-old senior. "She was sitting with her friends in the dining hall and everyone was tearing up."

School officials say the affected student checked in with the school's health services after feeling a tingling sensation on her arm and smelling an unusual odor.

Authorities called hazmat crews to investigate the possiblity of contamination in the buildings she entered, forcing students to stay put in the library, dining hall and chemistry building during a quarantine.

No contamination was detected in any of the three buildings, which were all reopened by 2 p.m., according to school officials.

"It was pretty calm," said Heindel, who had to remain inside the cafeteria for about 20 minutes.
us_NJ  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
6 days ago
Small explosion at LSU Dairy Science lab leaves two injured
A small explosion at the LSU Dairy Science Building in the laboratory has left two people injured.

Capt. Cory Lalonde with the LSU Police Department says two people were conducting an experiment and there was a small explosion. He says it appears to be an accident.

A female suffered significant cuts on her hand and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. A man also suffered minor injuries.
us_LA  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Chemical bombs found in Liberty Twp., sheriff warns residents
A series of incidents involving chemical reaction bombs has prompted the Butler County Sheriff's Office to warn citizens of their dangers.

Officers say the warning stems from two separate Liberty Township incidents in which residents found chemical bombs. Both incidents resulted in property damage and posed inherent physical dangers to the finders.

In the first incident, a caller found five chemical bombs in the 5200 block of Aspen Valley Drive. Officers say that the individual collected them and put them in the trash on Sunday. On Monday, the individual heard an explosion and went outside to investigate. Authorities say a woman found an additional bomb and brought it home to show her husband. Police say she dripped the contents on her carpet, leaving a burn trail on her carpet.

A second incident occurred Thursday morning in the 5200 block of Aspen Valley Drive. Officers say a resident found a chemical bomb lying in his driveway and attempted to kick it to the curb.

Officers say the bomb exploded, spraying the victim with acidic contents. Police say the victim was not injured but his boots and driveway sustained damage.

Sheriffs say that chemical bombs usually are made in plastic soda or water bottles. Pressure is generated inside the bottled by reacting with an acid or base with a metal in most cases. Officers say the reaction generates heat and Hydrogen gas as it builds pressure. An explosion sends acidic contents and shards of plastic in every direction.
us_OH  public  explosion  response  bomb 
7 days ago
4 taken to hospital after chemical exposure at Georgia State lab
Four people were transported to a hospital after being exposed to a chemical at a Georgia State University lab on Thursday afternoon.
The Natural Sciences Building at 50 Decatur Street was evacuated as a precautionary measure after the incident occurred around 2:30 p.m., Atlanta fire department spokeswoman Janet Ward said. The site was all clear by 4:45 p.m.
A group of workers and students were moving a drum of chemicals in a third-floor lab in the science building when there was a spill, university spokeswoman Andrea Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
After being exposed to a chemical, they were decontaminated and transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, according to Ward.
The chemical vendor was called to the scene and assisted the Atlanta fire department and a hazmat team, Jones said.
us_GA  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Fire originates from chemical shop in residential building
One person was killed and 10 others were injured as flammable chemicals caught fire and exploded at a shop on the ground floor of a residential building in the capital's Tejgaon yesterday.
Most of the victims were pedestrians and at least six of the injured are fighting for life with over 30 percent of their bodies burnt. Two university students and a minor boy are among the injured.
The dead is Abdul Latif, 50, a rickshaw van puller. He had been admitted to the burn unit of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital with 96 percent burns. He succumbed to his injuries around 1:00am today.

Sources said the blast occurred at Mahfuz Sewing and Electric, a shop that sells accessories for garment factories in East Tejturi Bazar near Farmgate around 2:45pm.
“We had brought a 200-litre barrel of paint thinner into our shop and opened it and we smelt something very unusual. As soon as I rushed out of the shop, I saw a fire followed by a loud bang," Mahmudul Hasan, owner of the shop, told The Daily Star at a hospital writhing in pain.
At least 35 percent of his body was burnt.
Bangladesh  public  explosion  death  flammables  solvent 
7 days ago
Chemical company fire reignites briefly
Firefighters returned to an east Tulsa chemical business early Thursday after a blaze that damaged the building Wednesday night reignited.
Crews arrived about 2:30 a.m. at Sabre Chem Inc., 9919 E. 47th Place, to put out several hot spots, Fire Department spokesman Stan May said.
No injuries were reported, even though the building's roof collapsed while crews were on the scene, he said.
The owner of the business said Thursday that he knows what sparked the blaze.
"I know exactly what caused it," owner Scott Bever said. "It was a static charge that sparked it."
Bever said the charge quickly ignited nearby industrial materials and fluids.
"It's cool, low humidity in there," he said. "I don't know why it happened."
An official cause of the fire, which led to several explosions, has not been determined, May said.
us_OK  industrial  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago
Suspected 'hash oil' lab explodes in Malibu home; 1 man burned
A suspected drug lab at a home in Malibu caught fire and exploded Tuesday, injuring one person who had to be transported to the hospital via helicopter, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to the home in the 1200 block of Encinal Canyon Road shortly before 6:15 p.m. to find it fully engulfed in flames, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Authorities later discovered the substance “honey oil” -- a type of marijuana oil -- at the residence, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Fray Lupian told KTLA-TV.

A 25-year-old man who was burned in the explosion and ensuing fire was airlifted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, authorities said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, would likely be arrested on drug-related charges after recovering, Lupian said.
us_CA  laboratory  explosion  injury  drugs 
8 days ago
Toxic chemical spill in south Auckland
A highly toxic chemical has seen a workplace evacuated in south Auckland this morning.

Fire crews were called to National Steel in Wiri just after 8.00AM after staff reported an unusual chemical smell coming from some cars they were crushing.

A Fire Service communications spokesman says the chemical posed no hazard to people outside the property.

Fire crews are still at the Hobill Avenue business, waiting on representatives from WorkSafe New Zealand to arrive before clearing the chemical.
New_Zealand  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical  toxics 
8 days ago
Saltney: ten people hospitalised after chemical incident at Saltney industrial estate
Ten people have been taken to hospital after inhaling chemicals following a spill at a plant in Saltney this morning

"Of the 12, ten people have been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital in a stable condition, two people have been discharged at the scene."

The Incident Response Unit from Deeside and the Environmental Protection Unit from Wrexham are also at the factory.

A fire service spokesman said emergency services were called after two cleaning agents are understood to have been mixed, causing a release of toxic vapour.
United_Kingdom  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
8 days ago
Crews clean up chlorine spill caused by vandals at Camarillo YMCA
Fire and hazardous materials crews Wednesday cleaned up a chemical spill caused by vandals at the Camarillo YMCA, officials said.

The incident was reported about 7 a.m. in the 3100 block of Village at the Park Drive. Someone had broken into the outdoor pool area and knocked over two 55-gallon drums of chlorine and muriatic acid, authorities said. People swimming in the outdoor pool noticed a strong odor and alerted authorities.

The building was evacuated, and crews made sure the wind didn’t pick up and carry the strong odor.

Residents nearby were asked to remain indoors until about noon. No injuries were reported.
us_CA  public  release  response  chlorine  hydrochloric_acid 
8 days ago
Experts warn chemical spills, aging infrastructure could cut off D.C. water
(WJLA) - After a chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River left 300,000 residents without drinking water for several days in January, cities across the country started reviewing their infrastructure and emergency preparedness plans.

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On Wednesday, experts told the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that a similar crisis could happen anywhere.

D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins said, “All of our greatest fears are connected to loss of service… [Drinking water is] not an add on. It's not an amenity. It's a necessity.”

If a similar spill happened in the Washington region, its impact would be 15 times larger. But how likely is that?

Washington is better situated – the experts said – because there are fewer industrial sites along the Potomac, the local watershed is protected by forests and the river has a high volume of water.

Still, there are low probability threats that would mean high impact consequences such as the Colonial Oil Pipeline that carries petroleum under the Potomac rupturing, or a train or semi-truck carrying chemicals falling off a bridge.
us_DC  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Explosive fire rocks Tulsa chemical business
A fire destroyed an east Tulsa chemical business that was rocked by several explosions Wednesday night.
Firefighters responded about 8:20 p.m. to reports of explosions in the area near 47th Street and Mingo Road, said Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May.
When fire crews arrived, heavy smoke was coming from Sabre Chem Inc., 9919 E. 47th Place, and the building was fully involved in flames, he said.
A large plume of smoke and flames could be seen from nearby highways, including the Broken Arrow Expressway.
The business owner was at the scene and told firefighters that all employees were accounted for, May said.
Additional explosions occurred while firefighters were at the scene, and there was one minor injury to an employee, he said.
A second alarm was called, and firefighters needed about 40 minutes to get the fire under control.
"It didn't look that bad when we got here, but there were some explosions after we arrived," May said.
Hazardous materials crews were brought to the scene because of the nature of the business, which May said dealt with industrial and oil-field fluids.
us_OK  industrial  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
Faulty Seal Leads to Oil Well Blast
A failed seal on a well created a pressure buildup of air and crude oil which led to an explosion near Loco Hills, NM, Wednesday leaving four people injured, officials said.
One worker ended up flown by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX, after a failed seal on a well created a pressure buildup within the well after a pipe released below the surface, resulting in a blowout, according to the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office.
us_NM  public  explosion  injury  petroleum 
9 days ago
Ammonia leak prompts evacuations in airport industrial area
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
An unknown number of workers were evacuated Tuesday after an ammonia leak was detected at the Unicold Corporation building in the airport industrial area on Oahu.

Honolulu police closed Koapaka Street and Ualena Street from Paiea Street to Ohohia Street while Hazmat crews investigated.

According to the Honolulu Fire Department, the leak was contained around 1:44 p.m.
us_HI  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
9 days ago
Chemistry department at UEA evacuated after laboratory fire
The chemistry department at the University of East Anglia was evacuated this morning after a fire broke out in one of the laboratories.

An alarm was sounding at the campus and students who had been evacuated from the laboratory were stood outside the block alongside firefighters who had been making sure the area was safe.

A spokesman for the fire service said there had been a number of crews sent to the fire due to the size of the building, but that the fire had been dealt with before their arrival due to a special C02 gas flooding system in place at the university.

“There was a well-coordinated evacuation and we are now focusing on trying to get people back in the building asap,” he said.

A spokesman for UEA said: “We can confirm that the chemistry area of the Teaching Wall at UEA has been evacuated due to a small fire in a lab. Fire crews responded within minutes and are currently on scene to assess the situation. Fire safety systems were triggered and the building was evacuated immediately.”
United_Kingdom  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
Downtown chemical spill forces street closure
PIQUA — A chemical spill near downtown Piqua necessitated the closing of a portion of North Main Street on Tuesday.

A box truck carrying hazardous material stopped at the downtown Shell gas station around 9 a.m. when it was reported that something was spilling from the back of the vehicle.

Investigators from the Piqua Fire Department arrived at the scene and contacted the EPA.

It is believed that possibly 20-25 gallons of the chemical P500 (Permacel) Foaming Agent Concentrate spilled onto the concrete at the gas station.

According to the material safety data sheets for the products, P500 is used as a foaming and curing agent for Core-fill 500 resin. It is classified as a corrosive material.
us_OH  transportation  release  response  corrosives  resin 
9 days ago
Habanero pepper shreds found after playground hazmat situation in Lakewood
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Habanero pepper shreds were found strewn across a school playground after several children reported coughing and itchy eyes, the school district says.

Jefferson County Open School was evacuated just before 1 p.m. Monday when children on the playground started reporting the symptoms, according to district spokeswoman Melissa Reeves.

Thirty students and one teacher aid were decontaminated. Seven students were taken to St. Anthony's Hospital and to Exempla Lutheran Medical Center for treatment.

Initially, officials suspected that fertilizer applied to a soccer field at the school might have been the source of the irritation, but fire officials ruled that out.

Now, the district confirms to 7NEWS that shreds of "approximately six" habanero peppers were found on the playground in the wood chips. Reporter Lindsey Sablan asked if the peppers were put there intentionally, but the district could not answer the question at this time.
us_CO  education  follow-up  injury  chilis 
9 days ago
Fire crews respond to hazardous situation near airport
PHOENIX -- Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department were called to a business near Sky Harbor Airport Tuesday evening to check out a hazardous materials situation.
It happened at Summit Chemical Specialty near 29th Street and Washington.
A tank inside the water purification company reportedly overheated, causing a small fire. That fire resulted in a chemical reaction. Fire officials tell us the chemicals involved were aluminum, hydrochloric acid and water.
“What happened tonight has never happened before, which clearly means that they got a shipment of some bad chemicals," says Phoenix Fire Captain John Teefy. "So, they mixed some chemicals that they shouldn’t have. What happened was because it caused heat to build up in the tank to make hydrogen gas, which then flashed, slightly burning one of the employee. He’s fine."
us_AZ  industrial  fire  response  hydrochloric_acid 
9 days ago
BREAKING NEWS: ‘Chemical incident’ at Selsey school
POLICE and firefighters were at a school in Selsey after a ‘chemical incident’ this afternoon (April 8).

The emergency services arrived at The Academy, Selsey, at 1.30pm and evacuated staff after reports of a chemical spill at the site.

Sussex Police said: “A member of staff in the science block was affected by fumes created by a chemical leak.

“He was taken to hospital for a check-up. Other staff at the school were evacuated none of whom were affected.”

However, the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the staff member was not taken to hospital, but was given first aid as a precaution.

Group manager at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Dave McMahon, was at the scene, and said: “We are at The Academy in Selsey after a small chemical spill where they store chemicals for the science lab.

“We think there might be a leak of some of the chemicals.

“There’s 150 different chemicals in there at the moment and we don’t know which ones [are spilt].
United_Kingdom  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
9 days ago
EPA finds cache of toxic chemicals inside Green Lake home
The EPA is on scene clearing out more than 1,000 containers full of what it described as commercial grade chemicals.

Overnight, an EPA lab sprouted outside a Green lake home. The EPA's emergency response team is removing any and all hazardous chemicals.

"It's not where these type of chemicals belong," said Jeffry Rodin, Emergency Response On-Scene Coordinator for the EPA's District 10 office.

A tip from the Seattle Fire Department led the EPA to the 6300 block of 5th Avenue NE, which is the home of a man and his chemicals; many of them toxic, including Arsenic, Sodium Nitrate, Benzidine and Cadmium.

"The owner had a background in chemistry and research chemistry,"said Rodin.

Some neighbors referred to the homeowner as the "neighborhood's mad scientist," but one neighbor who knows him called him "eccentric."
us_WA  laboratory  discovery  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago
No serious injuries in Mauston fire
Three employees of Stroh Precision Die Casting in Mauston’s West Industrial Park were taken to Mile Bluff Medical Center after a Friday-morning fire.

Mauston Fire Department Chief Kim Hale said the employees were taken to the hospital as a precaution for inhalation of smoke and chemicals after they attempted to put out the fire.

“Most of it I think was probably from the carbon-dioxide extinguishers they were using to try and put it out,” Hale said. “They wasted seven or eight extinguishers and that stuff is pretty nasty.”

Hale said several of the employees had already returned to work early Friday afternoon. No firefighters were injured, Hale said.

The fire was caused by a build-up of aluminum dust inside machinery. Hale said the fire call came at 10:56 a.m. and firefighters cleared the scene at about 2:15 p.m. The fire created a lot of smoke, but Hale said hazardous materials handbooks indicated the smoke represented no public-health hazard.

Stroh Precision Die Casting was cited in 2011 and 2012 by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for safety violations.
us_WI  industrial  fire  injury  aluminum_dust 
10 days ago
Indiana's NewsCenter: News, Sports, Weather, Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, and CW
Bluffton, Ind. (21Alive) -- A chlorine leak at the waste water treatment plant in Bluffton, Indiana has an evacuation underway at the factory.
Area fire departments are on scene lending a hand. The leak was reported at 8:05 Friday morning, the cause of the leak is not known at this time.
us_IN  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
10 days ago
Warehouse in Norton evacuated after ammonia leak
A freezer storage warehouse in Norton was evacuated Thursday after an ammonia leak was detected in the building’s cooling system, fire officials said. No injuries were reported, and everyone in the immediate area was evacuated, according to Captain Al Fuller of the Norton Fire Department. Firefighters responded to 380 South Worcester St. for reports that a leak in the building’s extensive cooling system was allowing ammonia to seep into the area at 8 a.m. “The leak has stopped at this point, and we’re waiting on the arrival of a hazmat team to evaluate it,” Fuller said.
us_MA  industrial  release  response  ammonia 
10 days ago
Effects of West Virginia Chemical Spill Still Linger in the Air
On Jan. 9, a leak in a Freedom Industries chemical-storage facility contaminated the Elk River with 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, leaving 300,000 West Virginia residents without tap water for several days. Nearly three months after the spill, researchers have found that the accident continues to affect the water and air quality in the Mountain State.

“Based on our increasing understanding of the chemicals involved in the water crisis, the complexities and implications of the spill keep growing,” said Andrea Dietrich, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. “People are still afraid to drink the water. Odors persist in schools, residences and businesses. Data are still lacking for the properties of the mixture of chemicals in the crude MCHM that spilled.“

Dietrich and her research team received a National Science Foundation grant to analyze the properties of crude 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM, the major component in the chemicals that spilled into the Elk River. MCHM is used in the separation and cleaning of coal products.
us_WV  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
10 days ago
School remains closed as 'toxic irritant' investigated
JEFFERSON COUNTY - A mysterious substance officials describe as a "toxic irritant" caused a school-wide evacuation and hospitalized a handful of students at Jefferson County Open school in Lakewood Monday afternoon.

Police, firefighters and Hazmat crews surrounded the school around lunchtime. The pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school is located at West 10th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard in Lakewood.

"I just saw some guy being carried out on a stretcher," 8th grader Ciera Spaulding said.

West Metro Fire says 30 students and a teacher's aide were treated for symptoms similar to an allergic reaction. Hazmat crews decontaminated students outside the school. The rest of the students and staff were evacuated to a church down the street.
us_CO  education  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
10 days ago
Driver flees chemical-laden truck fire
A TRUCK driver who left his chemical-laden vehicle ablaze on Eyre Highway near the West Australian border is being sought by police.

The truck was found about 20 metres off the road about 11pm (WST) on Sunday and was believed to be carrying hazardous chemicals.

Eucla police and the local fire officer repeatedly tried to put out the fire, but it continues to burn.

A member of the local community is now trying to put it out using a front-end loader and sand.

Police are on the scene and managing traffic on Eyre Highway.

The driver of the truck fled and is yet to be found.

Police believe he was picked up by another truck driver heading towards South Australia.

Eyre Highway is now closed in both directions between Madura and Mundrabilla as toxic fumes from the fire is making it hazardous for motorists.
Australia  transportation  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
UCLA student suffers face and neck burns after lab oven explodes
A UCLA student suffered chest injuries and burns to his face and neck when a laboratory oven exploded Saturday evening, authorities said.

The student was conducting a science experiment on the second floor of the campus engineering building at around 6 p.m. when the accident happened, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphries.

The student is in fair condition at a local hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, Humphries said.

The lab has been closed off to allow fire officials to investigate, but students and staff have not been ordered to evacuate the six-story building.
us_CA  laboratory  explosion  injury  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Anadarko Pays Billions in Settling Toxins Case
HOUSTON — A giant Texas oil company, Anadarko Petroleum, has agreed to pay $5.1 billion for a vast environmental cleanup, a sum the Justice Department said was the largest it had ever won in such a case.

The settlement, announced on Thursday, is aimed at restoring thousands of sites polluted by toxins and compensating thousands of people with personal injury claims.

The case stretches back almost a decade, originating with claims against Kerr-McGee, an Oklahoma energy and chemical company that is now a subsidiary of Anadarko, one of the country’s most successful oil and gas producers.

Anadarko had argued that it could not be held liable for pollution caused by Kerr-McGee, which had ostensibly passed the liabilities on to a spinoff company called Tronox, which later declared bankruptcy. But a bankruptcy judge said the reorganization was simply an attempt to dodge liability.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  petroleum  toxics 
12 days ago
Chemical plant employee dies in accident in Scioto County, OH
An employee at a chemical plant in Scioto County, OH died in an accident while on the job Friday night.

According to a news release, this happened at the Haverhill Chemicals plant at 10:30 p.m.

According to the news release, on-site emergency response team members responded to the accident and provided treatment to the victim following the company's strict chemical exposure procedure, and until first responders arrived and took the victim to the hospital.

The victim's name is not yet known.

No other injuries were reported, and according to the news release, no one outside of the plant was in any danger during this incident.

The cause of the accident is not yet known and is under investigation by the company.
us_OH  industrial  release  death  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Contractor's chemical mix forces Cresskill Animal Hospital to evacuate staff members, patients
CRESSKILL — A contractor mixing chemicals to remove mold managed to concoct a chlorine cloud that forced the staff of the Cresskill Animal Hospital to evacuate the building with its furry patients Saturday morning.

A vapor cloud rising from the basement of the veterinarian's office left five staff members with symptoms of nausea and irritated eyes, Cresskill Fire Chief Christopher Ulshoefer said.

The building was declared unsafe and will remain shuttered until Monday morning, he added.
us_NJ  public  release  injury  chlorine 
12 days ago
Five fire engines attend chemical spillage at The University of Nottingham
Firefighters were called out to a chemical spillage at a University of Nottingham science facility.

The spillage happened in a first-floor laboratory at the University Park campus at just after 6pm yesterday.

Five engines from Highfields, Central and West Bridgford fire stations made their way to the campus. The service's hazardous material and environmental protection unit was also called, while firefighters used special suits to assess the incident.

No one was injured. Crews left the scene at around 10pm.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
RMIT University fire, chemical spill closes city street
A fire has broken out at a CBD university overnight, resulting in a chemical spill and the closure of an entire city street.
MFB spokeswoman Heather Stockton said crews were called to Building 10 at RMIT University just before 2am on Sunday and found a cabinet containing unknown and dangerous chemicals on fire.

The MFB was accompanied by specialist hazardous materials trucks, a scientific officer and RMIT experts to advise crews on the chemicals.

Although the fire was quickly controlled, the MFB and police remain cautious about any potential chemical spillage and dangerous residue lingering in the air.
Australia  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Fire damaged NUS research lab
SINGAPORE: Fire damaged a research laboratory in the Engineering block of the National University of Singapore (NUS) in Kent Ridge on Friday night.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted at about 10.15pm.

A spokesman said when firefighters arrived at the scene, the laboratory, which had chemical materials, was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters took about an hour to bring the blaze under control.

A man - believed to be a research student - and a security guard were sent to the National University Hospital (NUH) for smoke inhalation.
Singapore  laboratory  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Review of Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health, Safety, and Environmental Considerations, 4th Edition
When Guidelines for Laboratory Design: Health, Safety, and Environmental Considerations, 4th ed. was written, the goal was to make it easier for lab users and designers to meet the many challenges and considerations inherent in laboratory design, such as complying with health, safety, and environmental requirements. The book emphasizes the critical nature of the communication between the laboratory users, construction engineers, administration, and environmental health and safety personnel for a successful lab design. Such a design provides the best place for scientists to engage in research or teaching with reduced health and safety risks, as has been discussed in this Journal.(1, 2) The authors make it quite clear that a safe and efficient lab does not come about just by hiring the best in the business, but through clear communication and genuine cooperation between all parties involved, including those who will be working in the lab.
laboratory  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Chemical leak prompts evacuations in Norton, Mass.
(NECN: Norton, Mass.) - Several streets have been closed and homes have been evacuated in Norton, Mass. due to a chemical spill.

There is an ammonia leak at 380 South Worcester St. It started at 8:00 a.m.

South Worcester St. by Woodward St. is closed.

All persons evacuated are welcome to go to the Yelle School for shelter.
us_MA  public  release  response  ammonia 
14 days ago
Nanomaterial-Based Chemical Sensor Detects Chemical Vapors and Alerts Users Wirelessly
A research team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed a small electronic sensing device that can alert users wirelessly to the presence of chemical vapors in the atmosphere. The technology, which could be manufactured using familiar aerosol-jet printing techniques, is aimed at myriad applications in military, commercial, environmental, healthcare and other areas.

Close-up of a functionalized nanomaterial-based chemical sensor, inside a flow-cell test chamber. Credit: Georgia Tech Photo: Rob Felt
The current design integrates nanotechnology and radio-frequency identification (RFID) capabilities into a small working prototype. An array of sensors uses carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials to detect specific chemicals, while an RFID integrated circuit informs users about the presence and concentrations of those vapors at a safe distance wirelessly.
us_GA  industrial  discovery  environmental  nanotech 
14 days ago
Royston factory investigated after chemical explosion
The Health and Safety Executive is to investigate a chemical explosion at a Royston factory.

The incident happened at about 6.45pm on Wednesday at Johnson Matthey PLC in Orchard Road, Royston, following a chemical spillage.

Fire crews and police were called to the site, with road closures put in place.

Nobody was injured and no fire was caused.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said the case had been handed over to the HSE.
United_Kingdom  industrial  explosion  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Explosion in cracker making factory, no one injured
Explosive chemical used for making crackers burst into flames and razed to ground the store room at a private fireworks factory at Kayalpatti in the district today.

Police said no one was injured.

The workers who were mixing the chemicals saw smoke coming from the "highly dried chemical" and left the room.

Soon the chemical exploded and the shed and store room were brought down in the impact.
India  industrial  fire  response  fireworks 
14 days ago
Combustible chemical causes Lizana house fire
HARRISON COUNTY -- Fire crews from Lazana, Saucier and Harrison County extinguished a fire at a two-story home in less than 30 minutes Thursday evening, Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan said.

Crews were called to a fire on Tim Bradley Road about 5:30 p.m. Sullivan said 11 firefighters and four trucks put out the fire in about 15 to 20 minutes. He said the home sustained smoke and fire damage but no one was injured.

Upon investigation, Sullivan said, officials found a stack of rags soaked with a wood-treating product had spontaneously combusted in a plastic trash can in an extension of the home that was under construction.

Sullivan said the fire was discovered early enough to prevent a total loss. He cautioned anyone using wood-treatment products to carefully read usage and storage labels.
us_MS  public  fire  response  other_chemical 
14 days ago
Chemical odor prompts Kahaluu Elementary evacuation
Kahaluu Elementary was evacuated Thursday due to a chemical odor reported near the campus. School officials notified the Honolulu Fire Dept. of a suspicious odor in the area around 11:15 a.m.

Students and teachers complained of a horrid smell coming through the classrooms, causing itchy eyes and nausea. It was enough to make some of the children vomit.

“It was very intense at first, so I myself felt kind of nauseated, but I didn’t get myself checked out,” said Joelyn Kaina, a tutor at the school. “But I had a sore tummy ache, (and felt) real light-headed and faint.”

“Everybody was complaining that their eyes were sore and then we just left,” said student Trinity Correa.

As a precaution, 25 students and six teachers were taken to Castle Medical Center or Kaiser Permanente.

“Any time you have a student complaining of shortness of breath, it needs to be taken seriously, though we did transfer them all in stable condition,” said Shayne Enright, public information officer for Emergency Medical Services.
us_HI  education  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Major fire engulfs chemical godown in Bhiwandi
THANE: Major fire broke out at a chemical godown in Poorna village, Bhiwandi in Thane district.

Around 15 godowns are located in the vicinity.

Fire fighting operation were going on to prevent the fire from spreading.

Additional help from neighbouring areas like Thane, Kalyan and Ulhasnagar were provided to help contain the fire.
India  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
Corn Dust Catches Fire at Ethanol Plant
During a routine shutdown, a fire started up Tuesday in some ductwork at an ethanol production plant in Monroe, WI, officials said.
The fire call for Badger State Ethanol came in at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, Monroe Police Chief Fred Kelley said.
A small crew of employees was cleaning and doing maintenance during a routine plant shutdown when the fire started in corn dust inside ductwork.
Kelley said the first fire unit to arrive on scene could see flames coming from seams in the roof duct piping.
“At that point, Fire Chief Daryl Rausch called for a mutual aid box alarm system alert, which brought units from 12 other surrounding departments,” Kelley said.
Part of the process at the plant involves corn grain, and grain dust appears to be the cause of the fire. “There was no danger of the ethanol being involved,” Kelley said.
us_WI  industrial  fire  response  dust 
15 days ago
‘Miracle’ nobody died in blast at Eastern Washington LNG plant
Authorities said Wednesday the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.

Benton County sheriff’s Deputy Joe Lusignan said Wednesday that it was “a little bit of a miracle” that no one was killed.

“It was an extremely powerful explosion, the initial explosion,” he said. “Fortunately, we didn’t have any subsequent ones after that.”

The Monday blast inside a processing plant at the Williams Northwest Pipeline LNG storage facility outside Plymouth, Benton County, injured five people and left a big gash in the side of an LNG storage tank.

But a detailed assessment of the damage inside the processing plant will have to wait for a structural engineer to assure the building is safe to enter, Williams spokeswoman Michele Swaner said.
us_WA  industrial  explosion  response  natural_gas 
15 days ago
Chemical leaks in building at Ohio nuclear plant
PERRY, Ohio (AP) - The operator of a northeast Ohio nuclear power plant says a refrigerant leaked from equipment in a building on the site, prompting air monitoring for the chemical.

A FirstEnergy Corp. spokeswoman tells The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/Po76wX ) an undetermined amount of the chemical escaped Wednesday as workers were starting routine maintenance at a facility near the reactor building at the Perry nuclear plant along Lake Erie. The leak occurred at a building that contains charcoal beds to absorb radioactive gases.

No one was hurt, but the building was deemed off-limits. Air monitors were called to check for trichloroethylene, a chemical from the refrigerant that can be a neurotoxin in high concentrations.

Such problems are required to be reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
15 days ago
11 people take to hospital after HazMat scare
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Eleven people were taken to the hospital after the wrong chemical was put in a tank at the Roanoke River Service Authority Water Treatment Works in Mecklenburg County.
The 11 people include seven firefighters, one rescue crew member, two employees at the plant and a delivery driver.  Some of people were taken to the hospital because they inhaled chemical fumes, others as a precaution.
The HazMat incident has not affected the water supply in the county and the water is safe, authorities said.
A tanker truck driver offloading chemicals at the plant accidentally put the wrong chemical in the wrong tank, authorities told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil.
HazMat crews were called in to remove the chemical.
Sheriff’s deputies went door to door to tell people who live near the plant about the large number of fire and EMS crews in the area.
us_VA  transportation  release  injury  water_treatment 
15 days ago
Forklift causes chemical spill
tine from a forklift punctured a container causing a chemical spill in the industrial area of Greerton today, which saw a major fire service turn out just metres from the Greerton Fire Station.

Northern Fire Communications shift manager Scott Osmond says the punctured drum contained about 20 litres of a toxic organic chemical that spilled into the Mainstream yard.
New_Zealand  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Chemical explosion blows roof off Kitchener water treatment plant
Residents in the St. Mary’s Hospital area of Kitchener were startled Wednesday afternoon by an explosion at a water treatment plant.
The explosion occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday at 20 Greenbrook Drive.
Fire crews, including 15 firefighters and a hazmat team, responded to the scene moments later.

“There’s been some type of an explosion,” Kitchener Fire Chief Tim Beckett tells CTV News.
“Once they arrived, they found a strong chemical odour and some damage to the building.”
Officials believe the likely cause of the explosion was a delivery of ammonia accidentally being pumped into a chlorine tank.
“What we have been able to determine from the chemicals involved is (that) it doesn’t pose a health risk to the surrounding areas,” says Beckett.
Canada  industrial  explosion  response  ammonia  chlorine  water_treatment 
15 days ago
Chemical warehouse catches fire in capital
Four staff were seriously injured in a fire that broke out in a chemical warehouse housed on the third floor of a six-storey building in Chhoto Katra area of the capital yesterday evening.
The injured Kabir, 30, Mofiz, 40, Shambhu, 40, and Abdul Aziz, 30, were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital.
The cause behind the fire could not be known immediately, said fire service officials.
Six fire fighting units doused the fire, they said.
Bangladesh  industrial  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago
Ball Mill Grinds Monomers Into Polymer
Smashing compounds together to get them to polymerize sounds more like desperation than effective organic chemistry. But chemists Timothy M. Swager of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jens B. Ravnsbæk, now of Aarhus University, in Denmark, have demonstrated that the technique works. They polymerized poly(phenylene vinylene) (PPV)—a conductive polymer used in organic light-emitting diodes—in minutes inside a ball mill, which grinds the reactants together (ACS Macro Lett. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/mz500098r). They say the process is fast, requires no solvent, and yields more consistent chain lengths than wet-chemistry synthesis.

Chemists commonly use ball mills to grind materials into powders and mix them together, yet few groups use the mechanical energy of a mill to chemically bond molecules, Swager says. Using mechanochemistry to create polymers is particularly unusual, he adds, because ball mills are known to break down polymer chains.
us_MA  education  discovery  environmental 
16 days ago
The Safety Zone Blog: Safety videos, courtesy of a department contest
Last Spring, the University of Minnesota department of chemical engineering and materials science held a lab safety video contest. Department chair Frank Bates thought it would be a nice way to motivate interest in the safety moments that the department holds before seminars, he says.

The contest rules were simply that the videos had to maintain basic standards of decency and respectfulness, Bates says. Graduate students worked in small teams to develop four entries, which were judged by members of the department. Prizes were $500 for first place, $300 for second, and $150 for third. Bates says that the contest was fun and generated a lot of interest. He expects that the department will hold a similar contest again at some point.

(video links on the blog site)
us_MN  laboratory  discovery  response 
16 days ago
Fire extinguishers discharged in Camp Hill school cause fire crews to respond to possible fire
CAMP HILL — When a man and his father called 911 earlier Tuesday night to report smoke pouring out of the Schaeffer Elementary School, firefighters wasted little time arriving.

But instead of a fire, crews arriving in the 2900 block of Walnut Street discovered copious amounts of chemical fire extinguisher dust billowing out of the school, said Camp Hill Fire Company Chief Mark Simpson, who chalked the incident up to vandalism. Nonetheless, the dust, which coated the school hallways and spilled out into the parking lot, certainly resembled smoke from an actual fire, Simpson said.

"It was a large number of dry chemical fire extinguishers that were discharged inside. I definitely don't think it was accidental, it was vandalism, but it was more of a nuisance," the chief said.

Camp Hill police Sgt. John K. Kidman agreed with Simpson's assessment, adding that, as of Tuesday night, no suspects were identified.
us_PA  education  release  response  fire_extinguisher 
16 days ago
Naples FD responds to chemical situation at Alternative Labs
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Employees of Alternative Laboratories, located at 2231 Linwood Ave.,suffered an apparent chemical reaction and went to the hospital today, after exposure to a chemical yesterday.

According to the East Naples Fire Department, the employees were exposed to too much of a chemical that got into the air after a third party contractor used slightly too of the substance much yesterday.

The chemical is used to make a solution that purifies water.

Yesterday, six people refused treatment and suffered watery eyes and runny noses, but today their symptoms persisted, so they went to the hospital as a precaution.

Naples Fire conducted an air quality check and deemed everything was fine. Hazmat responded and cleared the scene.
us_FL  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
16 days ago
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