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Bomba: HKL engineering team prevented oxygen tanks from blowing up
KUALA LUMPUR: The engineering team from Hospital Kuala Lumpur prevented a larger disaster from happening when they removed 163 oxygen tanks from storage close to the room where a fire had broken out.

The 12.20pm fire on Saturday, which was mainly contained to the National Institute of Forensic Medicine storage room where it started, could have been much worse if it had spread to 163 oxygen tanks stored in another room nearby.

City Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said the quick action of the hospital's engineering team to move the tanks and shut off the electricity and the oxygen pipelines avoided a larger disaster.

He added that a short circuit is believed to have sparked off the fire at the storeroom.

"It was fortunate that today is also Saturday so only two people were working in the building – a technician and a cleaner.
Malaysia  public  fire  injury  oxygen 
yesterday by dchas
Ottawa Y shut down to handle spill Thursday
Ottawa firefighters responded at 1:14 p.m. Thursday to the Ottawa YMCA for a report of a woman coughing from a reaction to a chemical.

The building was evacuated for a chemical spill in the filter room under the pool as firefighters arrived.

YMCA Executive Director Joe Capece said the facility was evacuated for an hour and a half as some spilled pool chemicals blended with water on the floor causing fumes to go through the building.

"Unfortunately it's an incident that occasionally can occur," Capece said. "We don't like to see that, but we got everyone out in a timely fashion."

The fire department was called and tested the acidic/alkaline levels in the building with pH paper.

Capece said firefighters created a wind tunnel in the facility to fan the fumes. The building was ventilated and pH levels returned to normal.
Canada  public  release  response  pool_chemicals 
yesterday by dchas
Wisconsin Firefighters Burn Apartment Building Due to Volatile Chemicals
BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Bomb technicians from the FBI conducting a final sweep of the apartment building where a fatal explosion occurred last week were able to retrieve some important items for tenants who were not allowed to collect personal belongings.
The technicians were sweeping the building for ammunitions and hazardous materials prior to Thursday's controlled burn of the building. Because of the volatility of the chemicals inside the building, residents had to leave behind family heirlooms, important papers, jewelry and other belongings.
The city said Thursday the bomb technicians were able to grab some important property on behalf of the tenants.
Authorities set a controlled fire Thursday to burn the chemicals that could not be removed because of their volatility. The explosion March 5 killed one tenant, 28-year-old Benjamin Morrow, who police believe was making bombs.
us_WI  public  follow-up  environmental  bomb 
2 days ago by dchas
Bottled water: WHO launches plastic health review - BBC News
A few questioned why the study’s results were so much higher than their own internal research or pointed out that there are no regulations on microplastics or agreed methods for testing for them.

The study comes on top of earlier investigations that have found microplastics in tap water, beer, sea salt and fish, and Prof Mason told me that researchers need to be able to answer the pressing question of whether microplastics can be harmful. &!? - WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water Researchers find levels of plastic fibres in popular bottled water brands could be twice as high as those found in tap water
plastic  pollution  public  health 
3 days ago by asterisk2a
Bomb squad searches Morgan Hill home where explosions reported
Authorities are searching a home on McLaughlin Court, just north of downtown Morgan Hill, for explosive material and bomb-making supplies.
As of 11:30am March 13, the street that spans less than a block and ends in a cul-de-sac was closed with crime scene tape while police served a search warrant. Morgan Hill Police called in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad to conduct the search. CalFire’s hazardous materials team was also at the scene.
The search was prompted by two explosions that occurred less than four hours apart in the area of the McLaughlin Court home March 12, according to Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Troy Hoefling.
About 2:45pm March 12, a nearby resident called police to report “a firework or explosion,” Hoefling said. Officers responded but did not find a source of the disturbance at that time.
Then about 6pm March 12, another resident called to report a “louder explosion” than the previous one, Hoefling said. That caller offered more details, including the sighting of a puff of smoke from a specific residence following the explosion.
us_CA  public  explosion  response  bomb 
4 days ago by dchas
Telegraph Avenue history tour app
Now there is a free smart phone enabled Telegraph Historical Walking Tour, featuring compelling stories told by people who experienced the events in person.
Powered by an interactive 3D map developed by Guidekick, the location-sensitive app will help visitors navigate the area and learn how the events that occurred in the district still impact people’s lives today. The 11 locations each have multiple historical points of interest. When the app is opened, an interactive 3D map of the Telegraph District is displayed, offering a simple way to navigate between stops.

The technology enables the app to be used without headphones and written text creates an equal experience for those who are hearing impaired. Tour users will also be able to take thematic tours of the district, such as significant architecture or the internment of Japanese American during World War II.

The idea for the historic walking tour came to Baker when he visited Atlanta and heard about the Civil Rights Freedom Trail.
Telegraph  Avenue  Berkeley  Public  History  Apps 
5 days ago by dbourn
Pembroke man charged after explosion of home drug lab
A 31-year-old man is facing three charges after the explosion of a butane marijuana extraction laboratory inside a home on D’Arcy Street in Pembroke.

On Thursday, March 8, Upper Ottawa Valley OPP arrived to the scene and found a man and a three month old inside the residence. The occupants of the home were sent to hospital for precautionary measures. No injuries were reported.

Police said the explosion was the result of a “clandestine drug laboratory,” and search warrants were executed.

Kurt Dehaan of Petawawa, 27, is charged with trafficking substances, arson by negligence and possession of counterfeit money.
Canada  public  explosion  response  butane  clandestine_lab 
5 days ago by dchas
Authorities say 'suspicious chemicals' found in Live Oak home...
LIVE OAK, Texas - Authorities are clearing the scene of an hourslong investigation into "suspicious chemicals" found in a home in Live Oak Monday afternoon.

The San Antonio and Live Oak police departments went to a home in the 11800 block of Rugged Oak around 4:30 p.m. after receiving an anonymous tip that a person might have "precursors to chemical explosives" in the home.

"When (the SAPD bomb squad) walked in, it looked really suspicious. It was obviously out of the ordinary. Not something you see in an everyday household," Malone said. 

After four hours of investigating, Lt. Matt Malone of the Live Oak Police Department said the San Antonio Police Department's bomb squad tested the suspicious chemicals, but found nothing "apparently dangerous." Malone said that the threat is over and that the neighborhood was safe.
us_TX  public  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
5 days ago by dchas
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