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KMCO explosion in Crosby, Texas could have been prevented: Lawsuit
CROSBY, Texas (KTRK) -- Could the deadly blast at KMCO have been prevented? Three contractors who worked at the plant say yes.

"They absolutely knew about the leak... at least within the many minutes before the explosion," said Larry Wilson.

Wilson represents the three contractors who filed suit Monday morning.

These contractors are claiming in the suit that officials knew about a leak in a check valve that malfunctioned. That valve, according to the lawsuit, was connected to the butylene line.

"Obviously what they should have been doing at that point was calling a general alarm and evacuating people when they began to suspect a leak," said Wilson.

The lawsuit claims that authorities instead only went to investigate, and in that time the fire ignited

"The only way that you end up with flammable products outside of where they're supposed to be is because you at some point had a breakdown in the system," claimed Wilson.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  death  flammables 
11 days ago by dchas
Life-threatening businesses not to be allowed in old Dhaka: mayor Khokon
Dhaka South city mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon at a discussion on Sunday said that he would not allow any life-threatening businesses in the city.
Dhaka South City Corporation organised the discussion on chemical business crisis and a way out on the Armanitola Playground in Old Dhaka.
Addressing as chief guest, the city mayor said that everyone should be aware about the danger of chemical business so that deadly incidents like Churihatta fire would not be repeat.
’Don’t store 35 flammable items of chemical in warehouses in Old Dhaka,’ he said.
He announced that a fire drill would take place at Armanitola Playground on Tuesday to prepare the local people.
He said that business is to bring prosperity to life, authority could not allow any business when it became the cause of death of many people.
Bangladesh  industrial  discovery  environmental  flammables 
12 days ago by dchas
Another toxic blaze clouds Melbourne
A waste management factory which exploded into a fireball sending a toxic black plume over Melbourne had been storing almost three times the quantity of chemicals permitted.

The inferno at suburban Campbellfield was sparked about 6.40am on Friday and although under control by shortly after midday, is expected to burn for days.

Operators of the Campbellfield business had their licence suspended by the Environmental Protection Agency in March after being repeatedly found storing too much highly-flammable material.

"We inspected the premises and found three times the amount of material being stored on the premise than it was licensed to store," the authority's Damian Wells said.

Storage containers were also inadequately labelled and being handled outside an appropriate area.

The address is registered to Bradbury Industrial Services, a toxic waste disposal company.

The factory is allowed to hold a maximum 150,000 litres of waste material, including solvents, inks, paints and other flammable materials, before being processed.
Australia  industrial  fire  response  flammables  waste 
15 days ago by dchas
Three detained over China chemical blast that killed 78
Police have detained three suspects linked to a chemical plant blast in China, which killed 78 people and left hundreds injured, local officials said Wednesday.

The explosion last month in Yancheng city, in eastern Jiangsu province, was one of the worst industrial accidents in the country in recent years.

Three employees from Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, whose facility was involved in the blast, had "significant responsibility" for the accident, according to a statement on the Yancheng government's official Twitter-like Weibo account.

Officials said the suspects have been subjected to "criminal coercive measures" -- a vague term which indicates detention, arrest or being put under house arrest temporarily until police complete their investigations, according to an explanation on the Chinese parliament's website.

Yancheng police declined to offer details on the case when contacted by AFP.

The blast razed an industrial park and blew out the windows of surrounding homes.

The company, with 195 employees, was established in 2007 and mainly produces raw chemical materials including anisole, a highly flammable compound.
China  industrial  follow-up  death  flammables  illegal 
16 days ago by dchas
Dozens killed and hundreds injured in explosion at Chinese chemical plant
An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed at least 47 people and injured more than 600, state media said, the latest in a series of industrial accidents that has sparked widespread public anger.

The blast occurred on shortly before 3pm on Thursday afternoon in Yancheng in Jiangsu province, north of Shanghai.

The fire was not brought under control until the early hours of Friday, state television said.

Survivors were taken to 16 hospitals with 640 people being treated for injuries. Thirty-two of them were critically injured, it said.

The explosion at the plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical sent fire spreading to neighbouring factories. Children at a kindergarten in the vicinity were also injured in the blast, media reported.

The cause of the blast was under investigation, but the company – which produces more than 30 organic chemical compounds, some of which are highly flammable – has been cited and fined for work safety violations in the past, the China Daily said.
China  industrial  explosion  death  flammables  pesticides 
29 days ago by dchas
Chemical factory goes up in flames
A major fire broke out in an industrial unit in the Phase 7 Industrial Area here, gutting the chemical factory this afternoon. However, no loss of life was reported in the incident.

According to eyewitnesses, multiple explosions were heard during the fire at the thinner factory as highly inflammable chemicals, that had been stored in barrels, exploded followed by ball of fire rising into the air.

The intensity of the fire was such that black smoke layers could be seen as far as 8 to 10 km from the city.
Four factory workers, who were working inside the factory when the blasts took place, scaled the walls of the factory to save their lives. The owner of the factory, Sat Pal Garg, was also inside the factory at the time of the incident. Workers said after they noticed the fire, they rushed out of the factory to save their lives. The owner also ran out.

Five fire engines were pressed into service by the Mohali Fire Department, besides a water boozer, which made 20 rounds to douse the fire. Three fire engines from Chandigarh were also pressed into service.
India  industrial  explosion  response  flammables 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Fatal fire in Chawkbazar originated from chemical stored in Wahed Mansion: IEB probe
The devastating fire in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar started at Wahed Mansion used for storing chemical, not by gas cylinder of any vehicle or restaurant, The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh or IEB has concluded after an investigation.

“We are 100 percent sure that the fire originated from chemical, nothing else,” IEB General Secretary Khandker Manjur Morhsed told bdnews24.com on Tuesday.

“If the fire had started from something else, it would have spread from below. But there was no transformer or cylinder blast. Everything was alright,” he added, disputing previous claims by building owners of the congested area and a government minister.

The four-storey building which suffered most damage in the fire has two sections – Wahed Manzil and Wahed Mansion.

The ground floor of the Mansion housed around a dozen shops while the first floor was used as warehouses of high pressure deodorant canisters and raw plastic granules. Different families lived in the rest of the building.

Fire service officials also found a huge amount of highly combustible materials stashed in the basement of Wahed Manzil. The fire crews shivered to imagine what would have happened had the fire reached the basement of the building.

The IEB report blamed the storage of flammables on the first floor of the building for the monstrosity of the fire.
Bangladesh  industrial  follow-up  environmental  flammables 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Chemical Fire Breaks Out At Dunmore Corporation In Bristol Township – CBS Philly
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Fire investigators are looking into the cause of an overnight chemical fire in Bucks County. It happened at Dunmore Corporation along Wharton Road in Bristol Township.

First responders say a worker was handling flammable liquids when the fire suddenly broke out.

Crews got the fire under control within 15 minutes.

Everyone made it out safely and there were no injuries.

Investigators are now trying to see if static electricity may have been the cause of the fire.
us_PA  industrial  fire  response  flammables 
7 weeks ago by dchas
New body formed as old one sinks into oblivion
The government has again formed a committee to prepare a list of factories which use flammable products and chemicals in Dhaka and operate without having licence as the previous committee failed to do the same job in four years.
Labour ministry on Friday formed a five-member committee headed by additional secretary Syed Ahmed and asked it to prepare the report with recommendations within 10 days.
Following the fire accident at Apcco Bangladesh Limited, a plastic factory operating illegally at Mirpur in the capital, that killed 13 people on January 31, 2015, Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments had formed a five-member committee for listing factories running unlawfully and also deal in flammable items and chemicals.
A high official of labour ministry said that they had formed the committee in February of the year and asked it to give the real picture of the unapproved chemical, plastic and rubber factories but no progress was reported.
Bangladesh  industrial  follow-up  death  flammables 
7 weeks ago by dchas
‘No chemical warehouse, just perfume’
Wednesday’s fire in the Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka was the result of a liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder explosion, and unrelated to any chemical warehouses, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun has said.

According to the minister, the LPG cylinder was being delivered to the area on a truck, when a transformer blew and caused it to explode.

“The fire had nothing to do with a chemical warehouse. There was no chemical warehouse on the ground floor of the building where the fire spread to first, although a perfume and cosmetics warehouse was located there,” he said while visiting the site of the fire on Thursday.

Earlier, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said it was yet to be confirmed whether the LPG cylinder that allegedly started the fire had been on a car or in a building.

Furthermore, Quader pointed out that the fire may have spread quickly due to the presence of chemical compounds stored in buildings in the area.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Fire Service and Civil Defence officials also said the cause of the fire is yet to be discerned.

Flammable chemicals stored in the area, such as those found in perfume, caused the blaze to spread at a rapid rate, they added.
India  transportation  follow-up  environmental  flammables 
8 weeks ago by dchas
Beijing university expels department head after fatal lab blast
The head of the civil engineering department at Beijing Jiaotong University has been removed from his post after three students died in an explosion at a chemistry laboratory on campus, the university announced on Saturday.

The supervisor of the three students was also suspended from conducting any scientific research, the statement added.

The explosion occurred on Wednesday when three students were conducting an experiment on the purification of landfill leachate.

Students left bouquets outside the building to mourn the students who died in the fatal accident. /VCG Photo 
Previous reports said before the fatal accident happened, students had noticed large quantities of inflammable and explosive materials in the laboratory.

A social media user who claimed to be a relative of one of the victims said in an online post that 40 bags of cement, 30 barrels of magnesium powder, 28 bags of sodium phosphate, and six barrels of phosphoric acid were inside the lab.

Several barrels of magnesium powder were reportedly inside the laboratory when the explosion happened. /Photo via Weibo
The university said its staffers have been visiting the families of the victims to comfort them and promised to deal with the incident seriously.

Psychological counseling services were offered to teachers and students who experienced the terrified incident.
China  laboratory  follow-up  death  flammables  phosphoric_acid 
12 weeks ago by dchas
Blast Destroys Building At Russian Chemical Plant; Four Hospitalized
Four people were hospitalized with cuts and other injuries after a powerful explosion ripped through a chemical factory in the northwestern Russian city of Kingisepp.

The blast destroyed a two-story building at the Polyplast plant in the city, 140 kilometers southwest of St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast Governor Aleksandr Drozdenko said.

Drozdenko said the explosion was most likely set off by sparks flying from a grinder operating near a barrel containing the flammable chemical compound saltpeter.

Rescue teams, police, local authorities, and environmental hazard teams rushed to the site, and the explosion was under investigation.
Russia  industrial  explosion  injury  flammables 
january 2019 by dchas
"We dodged a bullet"
ADAIR — The village of Adair narrowly missed being the scene of a hazardous material spill of explosive gas late Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, a freight train carrying three low-pressure tankers of isobutylene, a colorless and explosive flammable gas that goes under placard ID# 1055, derailed next to US 136 between Table Grove in Fulton County and Adair in McDonough County.
According to Edgar Rodriguez, Director of the McDonough County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA), ESDA got a call through dispatch emergency services at 4:57 p.m. that a train derailment had taken place near the village of Adair. Nine cars were affected by the derailment, including the three tankers containing isobutylene.
As of Monday morning, one of the tankers remained on the tracks.
“Two actually overturned: one was on its side, one was on (its) top. So overturned, totally,” he said. “Fortunately, none of them spilled. I think the snow helped us out.“
us_IL  transportation  discovery  response  flammables 
january 2019 by dchas
Major fire at house-cum-factory
A major fire broke out in a house-cum-herbal products manufacturing unit at Upkar Nagar this evening. More than 12 fire engines were pressed into service. The firemen were on their toes when the reports last came in.

The factory, Herbal House HTI Experts, is owned by Dr Rajesh Thaper.
Srishti Nath, station fire officer, said the fire started around 4 pm. After the fire brigade was informed, fire engines immediately reached the spot.

He said chemicals were reportedly stored in the house-cum-factory due to which the fire could not be controlled easily. Since there were no fire-fighting arrangements at the unit, the employees failed to control the fire at the initial stage.
He said seven firemen had a close shave when there was a blast in the burning house. He had asked the factory owner if there was any cylinder or inflammable chemical lying inside the unit. Had the firemen stood close to the point where the blast took place, they would have suffered serious injuries. “The exact cause of fire is still unknown,” he added.
India  industrial  explosion  injury  flammables  gas_cylinders 
january 2019 by dchas
Poor maintenance cited in chemical plant blast
A safety expert from the Ministry of Emergency Management said recently that the explosion at a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, that claimed 23 lives last month, was the result of sloppy management, poor maintenance and the mishandling of the emergency.

The preliminary investigation found that the explosion on Nov 28 was caused by a leak of vinyl chloride gas, a highly flammable substance, from a storage facility at Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry's plant. The facility housed three gas storage tanks, two of which were filled with the explosive chemical.

Sun Guangyu, the ministry's director of safety supervision and management of hazardous chemicals, said such tanks should be inspected and serviced every one to two years, and undergo major maintenance work every five to six years, according to a China Central Television report on Sunday.

The company had done no inspection or maintenance at all on the storage tanks since 2012, Sun said.

When the leak began, the operators noticed a drop in internal pressure from one of the tanks but failed to examine the situation at the site. They simply pumped more gas into the tank to increase container pressure, following standard procedures.

"This is not a correct way to deal with emergencies," Sun said. "The rapid increase in pressure broke the container and made the leak even worse."
China  industrial  follow-up  response  flammables 
december 2018 by dchas
Fire Breaks Out In Kolkata's Chemical Godown
New Delhi: The officials said that a fire broke out in a chemical godown in the eastern part of Kolkata on Monday evening, but no casualty was reported.

"The fire broke out at about 5.23 p.m. Ten fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire," a fire brigade official said.

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As per the source, although the exact reason of fire is yet to be established, it seems that the huge amount of inflammable materials stacked inside the godown might have led to the fire.

No casualities have been reported.
India  industrial  fire  response  flammables 
october 2018 by dchas
Explosion Injures 2 At Cartown Kia In Nicholasville
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) – Firefighters in Nicholasville responded to an explosion at Car Town Kia Wednesday.

The explosion happened in the garage portion of the dealership.

An employee says that a mechanic was trying to open a 55-gallon drum containing some methanol. The chemical interacted with an open flame and exploded. The fire marshall said that the flame was not from a cigarette.

Two people were sent to the hospital with severe burns. One of them had second to third-degree burns.

“To prevent what happened here today, you cannot have an open flame near flammable gases. And that’s just a very common safety concern that people should have when they’re around the shop,” said Nicholasville Fire Marshal David Johns.

A fire that started immediately after the explosion has been extinguished.

We are told the methanol was used for windshield wiper fluid.
us_KY  industrial  explosion  injury  flammables  methanol 
october 2018 by dchas
Six labourers killed in UP factory blast
Lucknow: Six labourers were killed in a chemical explosion that took place in a petro-chemical factory in Bijnore district on Wednesday.

Eleven persons were working at the accident site in the Mohit Petro Chemical factory that produces ethanol when the explosion took place.

Two others were seriously injured and have been admitted to a local hospital. One labourer is missing.

Bijnore SP Umesh Singh said that the blast took place when the labourers were repairing a tank.

“The methane gas tanker had developed faults and the labourers were fixing it. While welding, the gas which is highly inflammable, caught fire leading to the explosion”, the SP said.

The SP said that a case of negligence was being lodged against the owners of the factory for violating safety norms and allowing welding without taking adequate precautions.
India  industrial  explosion  death  flammables 
september 2018 by dchas
Fire at chemical factory kills two, injures eight
NEW DELHI: Two men were killed and eight injured when a major fire gutted a warehouse in outer Delhi’s Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar on Tuesday evening. The factory, operating out of a three-storey building, had among stored items highly inflammable chemicals. The fire started when the compressed natural gas kit installed in a mini truck exploded. Two men who were unloading chemical compounds from the truck died on the spot, while eight men working on the first floor suffered injuries.
Police said the warehouse was running illegally as its owner failed to provide any valid documents of the property.
The fire service and police were informed about the blaze at 4.20 pm. Ten fire tenders were sent to the site, but when the inferno could not be controlled even after over an hour, seven more tenders were pressed into service. It took two more hours before the flames were doused.
India  industrial  explosion  death  flammables  natural_gas 
september 2018 by dchas
Warnings issued after medical marijuana facility fires
COOLIDGE, AZ - A new warning is being issued about fires at medical marijuana facilities, after two fires in our state were caused this summer and a chemical spill at another facility. 

The most recent occurred on August 12 in Coolidge.  

First responders say a worker at a facility off Coolidge Avenue did not store a can of butane properly and it exploded inside of a fridge, starting a fire. 

Coolidge Fire Capt. Mark Dillon says the situation was especially dangerous for his crew because there were different types of gasses stored inside, something that's typical for marijuana processing, but not for dispensing the drug, which is the only thing this particular facility was zoned for. 

"It most definitely could be deadly for first responders, whether it be law enforcement or fire," explained Chief Dillon. 

Part of the reason is because of all the flammable materials inside - chemicals, lamps, electrical equipment, and even the plants themselves. 
us_AZ  industrial  explosion  response  flammables 
august 2018 by dchas

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