In ruling for victim in UCLA attack, California Supreme Court says universities should protect students
Katherine Rosen, a pre-med student in her junior year at UCLA, was in chemistry lab when she knelt to put something in her desk drawer. A classmate came up behind her and stabbed her in her neck and chest.
She survived the life-threatening injuries, returned to school and sued UCLA for negligence, charging the campus was aware of her classmate's "dangerous propensities" and failed to warn and protect her.
On Thursday, nearly nine years after the stabbing, the California Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and decided Rosen's lawsuit could go forward.
Public colleges, the court said, have a duty to protect students from foreseeable violence in classrooms and other places where they have "curricular" activities.
The unanimous decision, among the first of its kind in the nation, put California's colleges on notice that they may be held responsible if they know a student is dangerous and fail to take steps to control him and protect others.
Citing the 2007 Virginia Tech killings, the state high court said public colleges and universities in California "have a special relationship with their students and a duty to protect them from foreseeable violence."
us_CA  laboratory  follow-up  environmental 
2 hours ago
Grants Pass Daily Courier
MERLIN — A science experiment gone awry at Fleming Middle School injured three students Friday, sending one to the hospital.
Rural/Metro Fire responded to the accident at 12:52 p.m., and said three students conducting a science experiment had received flash burns to the face.
Two students were evaluated and released to their parents, and one boy went to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.
Superintendent Dave Valenzuela of Three Rivers School District said he went to the hospital and was told the boy is going to be OK.
Firefighters and police were able to identify the materials in the experiment as non-hazardous. They were not more specific than that.
The classroom was evacuated until the materials could be identified.
us_OR  laboratory  fire  injury  unknown_chemical 
2 hours ago
Gilroy Hazmat Incident: Apartments Evacuated, Roads Closed
ORIGINAL POST: Gilroy Fire Department evacuated some residents Friday and told others to shelter in place at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Montebello Drive due to a hazardous materials incident, according to Gilroy city officials. The residents affected were alerted and authorities asked the general public to avoid the area for the next several hours, as it will take time for the gas to dissolve to a safe level, Gilroy police said.

Streets closures due to the incident included: Santa Barbara Drive and 3rd Street and Montebello Drive and Wren Avenue.

City officials say the hazardous materials — a mixture of chlorine and muriatic acid — have been contained to a poolhouse. The incident is not life-threatening, according to the city.
us_CA  public  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
2 hours ago
Corrosive liquids onboard crashed b-double
Update, 10.45am: A B-DOUBLE truck which ran into a ditch near Bangalow this morning was carrying hazardous materials.
A Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said a HAZMAT team was tasked to the scene on the northbound off-ramp of the Pacific Highway.

The truck lost control and veered into a 1m ditch earlier this morning.

Fortunately upon investigation the corrosive liquid being carried by the truck were not found to be leaking.

Recovery of the vehicle has now commenced.

Bangalow firefighters are still on the scene asisting the RMS with the clean up operation.
Australia  transportation  release  response  corrosives 
2 hours ago
Firefighters extinguish early morning fire in Frick Chemistry Laboratory
Firefighters were called to campus early Friday morning to extinguish a fire that broke out in a third-floor storage room in the Frick Chemistry Laboratory. The building’s sprinkler system was activated and contained the flames to the storage room, where a firefighter was able to put them out with a fire extinguisher.

The cause was traced to a light fixture in the supply room that failed and ignited boxes of supplies on a storage rack, which held vials, pipes, and other chemical laboratory supplies but no hazardous materials, according to Assistant Vice President for Communications Dan Day. 

A graduate student noticed the fire and called the Department of Public Safety at 1:39 a.m. Firefighters arrived on campus from the town of Princeton, Princeton Junction, the Princeton Plasma Plasma Physics Laboratory, Plainsboro, and Rocky Hill, according to a University statement.The building was briefly closed while firefighters were on scene but has now reopened. 

According to Day, there is “a lingering odor in the area of the storage room” that cleanup crews are taking care of. 

Water from the sprinkler system dripped from the third to the second floor, getting some papers and computers wet, but a University Facilities crew mopped up the water early in the morning. There was no significant structural or equipment damage in the building from the fire or from smoke, Day said. 
us_NJ  laboratory  fire  response  other_chemical 
2 hours ago
Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Effect Still Unknown
HOUSTON (CN) – Hurricane Harvey triggered dozens of toxic releases from Houston chemical plants and refineries, and officials say the public health risks are unknown due to Texas’ industry-friendly rules that left it up to companies to report such incidents.

Nearly seven months after Harvey struck greater Houston, home to 500 chemical plants and 10 refineries, federal regulators have investigated only “a handful” of the more than 100 toxic releases caused by the hurricane, the Houston Chronicle and Associated Press reported Thursday.

Before Harvey hit the area in late August, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that companies would not be held liable for storm-related pollution. He also suspended record-keeping rules for environmental contamination.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state’s pollution regulator, told the news outlets it has investigated 89 Harvey-pollution incidents, but it has yet to issue any sanctions or fines.

The TCEQ’s chairman Bryan Shaw told state lawmakers in January he could not publicize Harvey chemical and oil spills until his staff finished reviewing them, according to the news report.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  oils 
2 hours ago
Binman ‘preparing for war' kept 250 homemade bombs in his Bristol flat
Reeco Fernandez, 29, stashed IEDs and military supplies in a cupboard under the stairs and a garden shed at his parents’ home in Bedminster, Bristol.

His arsenal, including modified fireworks, ball bearings and chemicals to make further explosives, was discovered when emergency services were called to the home on September 8, last year.

Neighbours dialled 999 after hearing bangs, a loud boom and seeing smoke billowing from the house.

The noise was the sound of Fernandez unwittingly blowing himself up in his bedroom.
United_Kingdom  public  follow-up  response  explosives 
2 hours ago
Army seeks changes to chemical weapons disposal in Colorado
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Army wants to change the way it destroys part of its huge stockpile of obsolete chemical weapons in Colorado, but some people worry that could increase the chances of contamination escaping into the air.

The Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot is eradicating 780,000 shells filled with thick liquid mustard agent — many of them dating to the Cold War — under an international treaty banning chemical weapons.

The Army built a highly automated, $4.5 billion plant to do the work, but officials said this week they want to buy two closed detonation chambers for about $30 million each to destroy 97,000 problematic mortar shells. The plant has also experienced a series of setbacks and is currently conducting limited operations while other problems are fixed.

It still has to complete an environmental impact assessment and get state and local permits before proceeding.

The mustard agent in the shells is believed to be contaminated with more rust than originally expected, making it difficult for the plant’s robotic equipment to open them, said Greg Mohrman, the project site manager.

If the shells don’t open cleanly, workers would have to don protective suits and intervene, Mohrman said. That increases the risk they would be exposed to mustard agent, which can maim or kill by blistering skin, scarring eyes and inflaming airways.
us_CO  industrial  discovery  environmental  mustard_gas 
2 hours ago
Czech explosion: Deadly blast at chemical plant
Six people have been killed in an explosion at chemical plant in the Czech Republic.
The blast happened at a Unipetrol facility in the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou, north of the capital, Prague.
"We have received information about six dead and several others seriously injured," regional fire service spokeswoman Vladimira Kerekova told CTK news agency.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known.
It is thought to have struck at about 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT) on the northern outskirts of the town.
In a brief statement, Unipetrol said a fire broke out in a storage tank and that there was no further danger. Czech TV said there was no risk to residents in Kralupy as the town was some distance from the plant.
Unipetrol is one of the largest oil distributing companies and producer of plastics in the Czech Republic.
2 Hurt in Explosion at HP Campus in Corvallis
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two people were injured in an explosion at the HP Inc. campus in Corvallis.

The Gazette-Times reports that firefighters responded at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday to reports of an explosion on the high-tech campus.

Corvallis Fire Department spokesman Jim Patton says a hydrogen generator exploded inside a laboratory. He did not know what caused the generator to explode.

Patton says the damage was contained to the room where the explosion occurred. He says there was no fire and no toxic or unsafe materials were released.

Patton says paramedics took two people to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

No information was immediately available on their identities or the extent of their injuries.
Chemical spill discovered after two days, kills fish in Georgia creek
A chemical spill that began two days ago at a food distribution center has killed fish and other water species in a Dawsonville creek , officials said.

The spill at Gold Creek Foods originally occurred Tuesday, but was discovered not discovered until Thursday afternoon, Dawson County government officials said in a Facebook post. The chemicals traveled through the stormwater drain to Flat Creek. Details on what led to the spill were not released.

“City representatives are on scene with regulatory agencies, as the area affected is in the city limits,” read the post.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ environmental protection division and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency were called to the scene to investigate. Dawson County Emergency Services are on standby with resources if needed and hazmat teams have been notified of the spill, county officials said.
Authorities unsure where Oconomowoc carbon monoxide leak came from
Students will not go back to Oconomowoc High School Friday as investigators work to figure out what caused nearly 200 people to be treated for carbon monoxide exposure.

The Western Lakes Fire Chief Brad Bowen confirmed the "air quality issue" was tied to carbon monoxide Thursday afternoon. As of Thursday evening, five people were still in the hospital getting oxygen.

Student Faints During Oconomowoc 'Air Quality Issue'
However, no one is sure where the CO leak is coming from. The building is going to stay closed while school leaders and maintenance crews go through each section to figure it out.
Noxious chemical smell – first suspected as meth lab – at VA Campus in Menlo Park sickens three workers
Three people called 911 on Wednesday shortly before noon, reporting that they felt sick after breaking into a locked cabinet inside a second floor apartment. They had been cleaning a one-bedroom apartment of an evicted tenant at a public/private transitional housing project located at 605 Willow Road in Menlo Park at the Veterans Administration (VA) which assists homeless veterans, also known as Willow Housing.

The prior tenant had been evicted the week before, and the three immediately left the apartment once they smelled what they described as chemicals, fearing it could be related to some type of drug lab.

Menlo Fire Engine One and Battalion One treated the three victims, who were feeling much better after exiting the apartment. Battalion Chief Tom Calvert determined from the three workers that they suspected that they could be dealing with some type of suspected potential methamphetamine problem or operation.
Chemical spill closes down MacArthur Boulevard and Fitch in Irvine
A traffic collision at MacArthur Boulevard and Fitch in Irvine on Thursday closed down the intersection for at least two hours while hazardous material teams investigated chemicals that were spilled during the crash.

The Orange County Fire Authority and the Costa Mesa Fire Department both had hazmat teams on scene after a pickup truck collided with a sedan at 2 p.m. The truck was carrying multiple chemical containers, which bounced out and went on to the road, OCFA Capt. Larry Kurtz said.

The chemicals aren’t dangerous on their own, Kurtz said, but could be hazardous if they were to mix together.

By 4 p.m., the two hazmat teams were picking up the containers and making sure that none of the liquids had mixed together on the road. The road remained closed during this process.
Bawana fire: Bawana fire that killed 17 in January started in laboratory, owners charged
NEW DELHI: Exactly two months after 17 people were charred to death at a factory in Bawana in the worst fire tragedy seen by the city since the Uphaar incident, crime branch has filed a chargesheet in the case.
Apart from the two factory proprietors, Manoj Jain and Lalit Goyal, police have also charged two godown owners, Girish and Surjeet Goyal, for culpable homicide and under Explosives Act for the incident. It was found that the owners had a small laboratory on the ground floor from which the fire started.

The illegal firecracker factory functioning in the garb of a plastic products manufacturing unit had caught fire on January 20 around 6pm. The victims, mostly labourers, were trapped inside a room as escape routes had been blocked by unauthorised construction and locked gates. The probe also revealed that the factory owners had also employed child labourers, whose identities have been verified by their parents.
2 days ago
North Bergen NJ: Fire at waste treatment plant
NORTH BERGEN — No one was injured in a waste treatment plant fire Wednesday morning that caused heavy smoke in the area. 

Firefighters arrived at the River Road location around 9:30 a.m., fire officials posted on Twitter. The fire was under control around noon. The smoke blowing toward a nearby residential building caused police to advise residents they keep their windows closed, North Bergen spokesman Phil Swibinski said.

The director of the New Jersey Sierra Club said the plant at the time of the blaze was undergoing renovations. 

"We hope no one in North Bergen gets sick from the fire," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club in a statement. "Accidents happen, but they happen more frequently when there aren’t enough inspectors or enforcers to watch these facilities."
2 days ago
Human Remains Found At Texas Chemical Plant Explosion Site – Houston Public Media
Human remains have been found in the wreckage of a North Texas chemical plant nearly a week after a worker went missing following an explosion and fire.
In a statement, Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson says the remains were found about 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Tri-Chem Industries plant near Cresson, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth. The remains were sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth for positive identification.
The missing worker has been identified as 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell. He is presumed dead. Two other workers were injured in the March 15 explosion.
The search for Mitchell has been slowed by the presence of hazardous materials released and spread by the explosion and fire.
2 days ago
Federal agencies to notify cities of serious citations of local companies
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal agencies will create new protocols to notify local governments and emergency services when a company in their area is hit with a serious citation.

OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security are working on the new protocols for communicating and training with local governments and first responders, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who lobbied for the protocols in the wake of a fatal chemical explosion and fire at a New Windsor, New York, cosmetic factory.

The chemical facility security and safety working group will coordinate strategies, activities, policies and communication across governmental entities and work to improve OSHA’s coordination and communication systems to local municipalities and their respective stakeholders, particularly when serious citations are issued for workplace safety violations.
2 days ago
Large explosives cache found at bizarre Foresthill standoff, fatal fire scene
A secluded property that was the scene of a standoff and fire that left a Foresthill resident dead contained a large amount of explosives, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said today.

Deputies surrounded a secluded mobilehome on the Baltimore Mine Road property to serve a warrant Tuesday morning. But the occupant barricaded himself inside and set fire to the building. Then, as flames engulfed the structure, he shot toward deputies, striking two vehicles.

“The man is believed to perished in the structure,” the Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page.

The Sheriff’s Office released more information about why detectives and Special Enforcement Team units surrounded the mobilehome. The warrant was granted by a Placer County judge to allow a search for suspected drugs, firearms and ammunition, as well as explosives.
2 days ago
Hazmat crew inspects Jacksonville State building
A hazmat crew was called into part of the Jacksonville State University campus after an EF-3 tornado hit the area.

On Tuesday morning, a team went into McGee Hall, which houses chemistry classes, after a professor alerted first responders that there was a possibility some chemicals might have been damaged in the storm.

The teams suited up and went through the decontamination process. Luckily, it was determined that there was no danger to the public.

"Just from looking at the structure we felt like it was OK. But from a precautionary standpoint, we went level A, cleared all the rooms. Make sure everything is good and it is.  There was nothing leaking. There were no fractured vessels anywhere. The compressed gas cylinders were all in tact, everything was good,” said Anniston Fire Chief Chris Collins.
3 days ago
Chemical reaction in lab results in major evacuation in New Haven
Roughly 1,000 people were evacuated from their downtown New Haven businesses Tuesday morning following the report of a strong smell of gas.

Workers inside 300 George Street, which houses employees from both Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, said the smell was unmistakable

"As we walked down the stairwells the smell of the gas got really strong," said Dave Batza. "From the fifth floor, all the way down the stairs and out outside, it was a strong smell."

However, even with metering, neither Southern Connecticut Gas nor the New Haven Fire Department could find a source.

"We blocked off the area, stopped road traffic and evacuated the buildings that were affected," said Assistant Chief Mark Vendetto of the New Haven Fire Department.

In addition to 300 George Street, the Alexion Pharmaceuticals building, right next-door, at 100 College Street, was also evacuated for a couple of hours. Finally, after several hours, the smell was determined to be coming from a third-floor laboratory.

"There’s absolutely no reason to be fearful," said Vendetto. "There’s no harm to the public at this time or anybody that was in the building. What was being used was in small amounts. These buildings are designed for that. The room is under negative pressure."

"At this point, we are working with the chemists on site to determine what chemicals they were using and then the resultant by products of that reaction," said Jeff Chandler of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
3 days ago
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3 days ago
Federal agency to set up factory safety alert system
The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration has agreed to establish a system for notifying local officials and fire departments when it cites factories for serious violations involving flammable and combustible materials, and to share the facilities’ lists of chemicals.

The OSHA decision came at the request of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who announced the change Tuesday.

Schumer said he pushed OSHA to create the transparency rules because of a Times Herald-Record investigation of the deadly Nov. 20 fire at the Verla International, LLC cosmetics factory in New Windsor.

A preventable static electric spark from a flammable liquid transfer – an issue for which OSHA had previously cited the factory – caused the tragic incident, in which a man was killed and several local firefighters were hurt.

The Record’s reporting revealed the communication gaps between emergency agencies, New Windsor and the privately owned factory.

Vails Gate Fire Department Chief Chris Sweeney said his firefighters were somewhat familiar with the factory’s chemicals thanks to New Windsor officials’ building inspections. The Vails Gate department knew, for example, that Verla stores large quantities of acetone and isopropyl alcohol.

But the firefighters and town officials didn’t have a full chemical list, Sweeney added, partly because some of the factory’s chemicals were kept in such small quantities that they didn’t meet a state reporting threshold.

As for safety violations, although the OSHA website allows people to search for them, “As a volunteer agency, our fire department doesn’t have the time to compile our own database, and this (Schumer-led initiative) will help us do our job better,” Sweeney said.
3 days ago
Chemical leak at Hemlock Semiconductor contained on site with no injuries
HEMLOCK (WJRT) (3/19/2018) - Two employees at Hemlock Semiconductor were quarantined for a while after a chemical leak brought emergency responders to the plant Monday.

Neither of the affected employees was hospitalized. Thomas Township Fire Chief Mike Cousins described the leak as small thanks to the company's emergency plan for such an incident.

"Hemlock Semiconductor was conducting a normal, routine maintenance check that they do as proactive measures, and during that process a small leak had occurred, and it was silicon tetrachloride," he said.

Silicon tetrachloride is a byproduct of Hemlock Semiconductor's manufacturing process to make polycrystalline silicon metal for the semiconductor and solar cell industries.

It's a colorless liquid that can form a visible, fog-like cloud when released. If inhaled, it cause upper respiratory health problems and other hazards.

"We do have two people that they are looking at, just to make sure they are monitoring them -- maybe a higher blood pressure that they want to look at the person a little more," Cousins said.
us_MI  industrial  release  injury  silicon_tetrachloride 
4 days ago
Fire At Exploded Hood County Chemical Plant Being Allowed To Burn
CRESSON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A fire at a North Texas chemical plant following an explosion last week is being allowed to burn itself out before authorities search for a missing worker who’s presumed dead.

Cresson Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Bob Cornett said Sunday that conditions at the 15,000-square-foot Tri-Chem Industries plant are “just too hot” and “just too dangerous.” He says rains Saturday night aggravated chemicals and acids at the site about 25 miles  southwest of Fort Worth.

Cornett says the plant is being guarded to ensure no one enters and that state and federal environmental and workplace officials are standing by to assist local authorities.

According to the Hood County Fire Marshal, rescuers have performed a number of searches looking for 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell, but they had to be abandoned because of toxic smoke and fumes.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  response  acids 
4 days ago
Oklahoma City VA hospital partially evacuated due to chemical spill
OKLAHOMA CITY – The local veterans affairs hospital has been partially evacuated due to a chemical spill.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday at the hospital in the 900 block of N.E. 13th Street.

The fire department said a chemical used for cleaning and disinfecting was spilled on the sixth floor of the building, forcing the partial evacuation.

A hazardous materials team was also on scene.
us_OK  public  release  response  cleaner 
5 days ago
Birmingham fire respond to chemical spill
Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of a chemical spill near Bermco Aluminum on Messer Airport Highway Sunday morning.

According to Capt. Harold Watson, employees were changing out a cylinder tank full of chlorine when it spilled over. Two employees suffered minor injuries from inhalation.

Hazmat and decontamination crews responded to the scene for clean-up. The Emergency Management Agency is headed to the scene.

Police have roads blocked and expect roads to be closed for about an hour.
us_AL  industrial  release  injury  chlorine  gas_cylinders 
6 days ago
Search comes up empty so far for more sources of Greensboro water contaminant
GREENSBORO — Efforts by city officials to eliminate or sharply curtail the PFOS contaminant in local drinking water have not followed the traditional pathway taken by many such environmental mysteries.

Unlike many, the local dilemma does not trace back to a single industry with just one or a handful of well-defined release points for a bad-actor chemical that is being spewed carelessly into the environment.

Instead, city officials are seeking multiple sources for a chemical compound with origins that are difficult to pinpoint because PFOS has been so widely deployed for useful purposes that include snuffing out raging fires.

Local investigators remain alert for any industrial emitters of PFOS pollution in the manufacturing zone surrounding Piedmont Triad International Airport, the general area where much of the PFOS contamination seems to originate. But so far, they have come up empty, said Peter Schneider, Greensboro’s water quality supervisor, who has done much of the city’s PFOS sleuthing.
us_NC  industrial  discovery  environmental  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
Steady Fire Delays Search for Missing Chemical Plant Worker
CRESSON, Texas (AP) — The search for a man missing since a North Texas chemical plant exploded and caught fire on Thursday has been postponed because of dangerous site conditions.

Cresson Mayor and Assistant Fire Chief Bob Cornett said Saturday that fires are still burning at the 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson.

Cornett says, "They've pulled everybody out. It's just too dangerous."

Cornett identified the missing worker who is presumed dead as 27-year-old Dylan Mitchell.

Two other workers were injured in the explosion. One remained in the hospital Friday in serious condition with severe burns from the waist up. His condition could not be immediately be confirmed on Saturday.

Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said Saturday that hazardous-material crews are preparing for expected rain, which could aggravate the plant's exposed chemicals.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
6 days ago
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 
7 days ago
Hazardous Gas Leak Disrupts Ortega Highway Laboratory
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA — An ammonia leak caused evacuations at an Orange County laboratory and spurred over 50 firefighters and the hazardous materials team to the scene Friday morning, Orange County Fire Authority said.

Though workers did not see or feel the detrimental effects of ammonia poisoning, an internal alarm alerted them of the danger, OCFA Capt. Steve Horner told Patch. The commercial laboratory business, located in the 33000 Block of Ortega Highway, evacuated approximately 150 workers, he said.

"Alarms activated at approximately 9:45 a.m. Friday, alerting employees to leave the building," OCFA Capt. Steve Horner told Patch. When ammonia is present, symptoms can include an onset of lightheaded-ness or burning sensation, as the chemical is very strong in gas form, he said.

The HazMat team, in full protective gear, made entry into the business.

'They located and stopped the ammonia leak, using instrumentation to find and stop the leak. Then, they made sure the building was clear of any other hazards before it was returned back to supervisors.
us_CA  laboratory  release  response  ammonia 
7 days ago
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 
7 days ago
Pressure release at Westlake Chemical part of ‘decomp’ process
A momentary flash of light filled the sky, and the sound of an explosion carried as far west as Texas on Wednesday, jolting residents awake and sending them scrambling for answers that evening.

The blast came from Westlake Chemical, where pressure had built up in one of the units containing ethylene, a highly flammable gas, company spokesman Joe Andrepont said Thursday.

He said the buildup triggered what’s known in the industry as a “decomp” or a controlled pressure release into the atmosphere around 10:15 p.m.

No employees were injured, he said, and no residents were endangered, although many were understandably frightened by the sound and the resulting “fireball” of burning gas.
us_LA  industrial  explosion  response  flammables 
7 days ago
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 
8 days ago
Fire In Illegal Chemical Warehouse Leaves Many Homeless In Kolkata
KOLKATA:  A massive fire broke out in a chemical warehouse in Kolkata on Thursday, leaving more than 20 families homeless.

The fire, which started at a warehouse where chemicals were allegedly being stored illegally, spread out within minutes to the nearby area where several families were residing. No casualties have been reported in the incident which happened near Strand Road, near Howrah.

20 fire engines rushed to the spot immediately. According to a fire officer, initially it was extremely difficult to control the fire because of the obnoxious smell from the chemical compound was preventing them to enter the core area.
India  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
8 days ago
UPDATE: Toxic Air, Explosion Risk Keeps Crews From Texas Plant Fire – Houston Public Media
Investigators believe a worker dragging his foot along a factory floor sparked a Thursday explosion at a Texas chemical plant that injured two workers and left a third unaccounted for, and fears of another blast amid the toxic chemicals prevented crews from battling the ensuing blaze, an official said.
Nine emergency-rescue and fire departments responded to the blaze at the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Dallas, but were evacuated from the vicinity because of risk of exposure and of another explosion, Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett told The Associated Press.

The worker who dragged his foot while chemicals were being mixed caught fire from the waist up and was airlifted with critical burn injures to a Dallas hospital. Another worker with less severe injuries also was treated at a hospital. Cornett identified the missing worker as 27-year-old Dillon Mitchell.
Rescuers “haven’t even attempted to try to find him. It’s too hot,” Cornett said late Thursday, as the fire continued to burn.
Aerial photos showed that the plant’s metal beams had caved in, and Cornett said the earliest rescuers could begin searching for Mitchell was Friday morning, after the fire had extinguished itself and heavy excavation equipment could be brought to the site.
us_TX  industrial  explosion  injury  metals  toxics 
8 days ago
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 
10 days ago
Arkema Chemical Plant Faces Another Lawsuit Over Harvey Chemical Spill
Liberty County has filed a lawsuit against Arkema Inc. When Hurricane Harvey hit the region, the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby flooded. As a result, fires broke out and wastewater tanks overflowed.
In its lawsuit, Liberty County claims this contaminated areas inside the county.
“The county wants Arkema to clean up any type of residual contamination from the fire and explosions,” said Muhammad Aziz, who represents the plaintiffs.
He said residents as far as five miles from the plant suffered symptoms, such as coughing and vomiting.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
10 days ago
Official: Criminal probe underway at Virginia chemical plant
HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) — State and federal authorities have responded to an industrial chemical manufacturing facility as part of what a Virginia official says is a criminal environmental investigation.

AdvanSix said in a statement that authorities were at the company's plant in Hopewell Tuesday to execute a search warrant. Spokeswoman Debra Lewis says the company is "still learning" about the investigation and she can't provide further details.

Ann Regn is a spokeswoman for Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality. She says the agency is taking part in a criminal environmental investigation led by the Environmental Protection Agency.

An EPA spokeswoman confirmed it had employees at the site but declined further comment.

According to AdvanSix's website, the plant southeast of Richmond is one of the world's largest single-site producers of a chemical used to make packaging, plastics and fibers.
us_VA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  illegal 
10 days ago
Four held in Tarapur factory explosion
MUMBAI: One of the owners and three employees of Tarapur MIDC based Novaphene Specialities company has been arrested in connection with the explosion and fire in the factory and four adjoining units on March 8.
The explosion had spread to four other chemical units killing three workers of Aarti Drugs and injuring 14 labourers. On late Monday, a watchman Nackched Singh (62) of Prachi Pharmaceuticals died of severe head injuries in a Surat based hospital.
The four arrest were made under IPC section 304 (a) ( causing death by negligence) which is available offence.
The arrests were made by the Boisar police based on the inquiry report submitted by the Director of Industrial Safety and Health ( DISH) that found lapses in the factory.
India  industrial  follow-up  death  pharmaceutical  illegal 
10 days ago
Rossville, Ga., oil spill contains chemical linked to health risks, cancer
Two days before Walker County, Ga., development officials planned to review offers to buy an old mill, a hazardous material linked to cancer spilled from the building.

Police officers and emergency workers in hazmat suits responded to the former Coats American plant in Rossville around 7 p.m. Sunday, when a resident reported seeing an oily sheen on the water in a ditch across the street. The oil came from a transformer that had tipped over inside the abandoned mill. Emergency responders said it contained polychlorinated biphenyls, a chemical linked to several health risks.

No longer made in the United States, manufacturers once used PCBs as a coolant in transformers. Multiple studies in the 1980s and 1990s concluded long-term exposure to the chemical can cause cancer. Eating PCB-contaminated fish can stop men from reproducing and increase the risk of neurological development problems in children.

Walker County spokesman Joe Legge said emergency workers contained the spill in about four hours. They believe only about as much oil spilled as would run off from a large parking lot during a rain shower.
us_GA  industrial  release  response  oils  petroleum 
11 days ago
UPDATE: Marion Fire HAZMAT respond to organic peroxide spill
UPDATE: The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says the spill was of organic peroxide.

Firefighters say there were three 45-pound containers of liquid involved, and only one had leaked.

All employees were evacuated before firefighters arrived. There is no damage to the building.
us_IA  industrial  release  response  peroxide 
11 days ago
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 
11 days ago
Lab battery blast hits students
Three students were sent to hospital when a battery exploded during an experiment in the laboratory of a Tseung Kwan O secondary school yesterday.

The lithium battery caught fire in the laboratory at HHCKLA Buddhist Ching Kok Secondary School yesterday morning, prompting the teacher and students to flee.

The school called the police and firemen, who extinguished the fire. However, three boys felt ill after inhaling the smoke and were sent to hospital.

Firemen said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.

Last month, lithium batteries stored in a container in a Yuen Long car park caught fire after short-circuiting, resulting in five cars being damaged. More than 20 people were moved out and no one was injured.

The University of Hong Kong's chair of power electronics, Ron Hui Shu-yuen, said a battery is likely to explode after short-circuiting. He said a short-circuit occurs when metals are placed near the positive and negative conductors of a battery, which induces a high current that delivers a large amount of heat and subsequently causes an explosion.
Hong_Kong  laboratory  explosion  injuries  batteries  metals 
11 days ago
Hazmat crews clean up chemicals after pool-cleaning truck crashes in Long Beach – Press Telegram
Hazmat crews cleaned up a small chemical spill in Long Beach’s Bluff Heights neighborhood Monday afternoon when a crash knocked over a pickup truck hauling pool-cleaning supplies, authorities said.

Nobody was hurt in the crash that happened around noon near the intersection of Fourth Street and Orizaba Avenue, according to fire officials.

The two car-crash knocked over a light pole and ended with the pickup truck on its side in the roadway, spilling three or four gallons of chlorine and other chemicals onto the asphalt, authorities said.

Police blocked off the intersection and asked neighbors and shoppers at a nearby grocery store to stay inside while hazmat crews cleaned up.
us_CA  transportation  release  response  pool_chemicals 
11 days ago
Authorities: Water now safe from Allen Creek after nearby chemical fire
Authorities said the water in Allen Creek is now safe for drinking, swimming, fishing and other recreational activities following a chemical fire at a nearby Monroe Drive business in Gainesville last week. They had advised residents on Tuesday, March 6, not to use the water “for any purpose” following the Sunday, March 4, fire.

“Water quality monitoring has occurred daily, and the pH of the water in Allen Creek has returned to an acceptable range,” Hall County Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett wrote in an email about 5 p.m. Monday, March 12. “No other abnormal readings are present.”

Monroe Drive is still closed to through traffic “due to removal of parts of the building and the amount of heavy machinery working in and close to the roadway,” Brackett said.

He said demolition will continue Tuesday, March 13, on the building housing a cleaning, sanitizing, water management, food manufacturing and food safety consulting company named AFCO.
us_GA  industrial  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
11 days ago
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 
11 days ago
Salisbury manufacturer faces $15,000 in OSHA fines for alleged employee chemical exposure
A Salisbury Township machine manufacturing company has been fined nearly $15,000 for exposing employees to dangerous chemical hazards, accord to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

After receiving a complaint, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Lamm’s Machine Inc., at 3216 Berger St., for exposing employees to vapors from a degreasing operation, which was in an enclosed space.

“Exposure to these types of hazardous chemical vapors can lead to serious illnesses and health issues,” said Jean Kulp, OSHA area office director for Allentown. “Employers must monitor their facilities to ensure workplace health and safety procedures are adequate and effective.”

The employer was cited for “failing to evaluate the workplace to determine if there was a need for respirators; develop a respiratory protection program; use effective ventilation systems and respirators; ensure proper use of compressed air for cleaning purposes; and provide proper hand protection.”

Lamm’s Machine did not return phone calls for comment.

The penalties totaled $14,782. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before an independent review commission.
us_PA  industrial  discovery  response  other_chemical 
11 days ago
Tarapur chemical factory blast: Inquiry report points to series of violations by Novaphene
An inquiry report by the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH) on the chemical factory blast in Tarapur’s Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has pointed towards a series of violations by Novaphene Specialties Pvt Ltd that led to an uncontrolled fire which killed three and injured 15 factory workers. The report, submitted on Monday to the Boisar MIDC police and Palghar district collector, shows that Novaphene violated the Maharashtra Factories Rules, 1963, provision 4(1)(d) that does not allow an occupier to run a premises as a factory until an approval by the chief inspector of factories has been taken for changing a manufacturing process.
“The company did not have permission to conduct a certain manufacturing procedure from our department,” an official from DISH said. The factory was also found violating Rule 73(H)(1)(B) — labourers appointed were not trained in handling hazardous chemical material and enough safeguards were not kept for treatment of chemical and reactive material.
“The supervisor should be a chemical engineer. In this case, the supervisor was not qualified,” an investigating officer said. The factory did not have an automatic steam cut-off valve that could have prevented the blast, the inquiry report found. The blast that started in the Novaphene factory late on Friday night gutted five other factories apart from shattering windows and ripping apart electric wiring on street in the neighbourhood. Local people claimed the intensity of the blast was massive enough to confuse them to think it was an earthquake. The explosion and subsequent fire led to multiple blasts in tankers storing chemical solvents of the six factories.
India  industrial  follow-up  death  solvent 
11 days ago
Beaver Dam blast building to be burned
A Beaver Dam apartment building is set to be deliberately burned later this week. A man was killed in a explosion, one week ago in Building 109 at the Village Glen apartment complex. The FBI did a controlled explosion last Wednesday, and Mayor Rebecca Glewen on Sunday confirmed there was another explosion last Thursday.

“There’s too many unknowns,” Glewen said, including what specific chemicals led to the explosion, and if there’s a connection to a chemical filled apartment discovered on Madison’s west side three weeks ago.

“We have on information connecting those at this time,” she said. “That’s part of the investigation that is ongoing.”

Residents of building 109 will not be allowed back in prior to the burn on Wednesday. “It was deemed just not safe for anyone to go in,” Glewen said.

The burn is set for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. Precautions will be taken to save other parts of the complex, including a barrier to be placed in between Building 109 and neighboring Building #113.
us_wi  public  explosion  followup  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago
Three employees hospitalized after hazardous materials incident at Colonie post office
COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Three employees were hospitalized after they came into contact with a hazardous material in the package room at the Karner Road Post Office in Colonie early Sunday morning.

Officials at the scene say each of the employees contracted a rash and other symptoms after separately entering the package room. The first employee took themselves to urgent care. EMS was called after the second person became ill, shortly after midnight.

Upon arrival, EMS determined the situation was serious and called for a response from local fire departments and several hazmat and decontamination crews. Employees at the facility were put in quarantine while crews investigated the incident.

Officials say the three affected employees have been released from the hospital with no complications and are expected to be ok. The remainder of the employees have been released from quarantine.

The Karner Road Post Office will remain closed for the day Sunday while crews clean the building.Officials say they have still not identified the hazardous material involved in the incident or whether it came directly from a package, but say they have been able to trace it back to the package room.
us_NY  public  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Boisar blaze: Case filed against fire officer
Mumbai: A case has been registered against the fire officer of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Tarapur, for failing to send a fire engine to Boisar MIDC where a fire broke out Thursday night. A case has been filed under sections 56 and 57 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. According to Boisar MIDC police, the fire officer, S.S. Borkar, should have sent fire engines to the spot to help douse the flames.

At about 11.38pm on Thursday, an explosion caused a fire to break out at Novaphone chemical factory in the Boisar MIDC area, killing three workers and injuring 15 others. The deceased have been identified as Pintu Kumar Gautam, Alok Nath and Janu Adaria. The fire spread to five other factories i.e. Unimax, Prachi, Arti, Bharat Rasayan and Darbari. So much so that it took nine fire engines to bring the inferno under control after which, cooling operations were carried out.

Prakash Birajdar, senior inspector, MIDC police station, Boisar, said, “The district collector Prashant Narnaware has submitted a complaint against Mr Borkar of Tarapore fire station. Mr Borkar has been booked under sections 56 and 57 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Disaster management officers and the police control room repeatedly asked him to send fire engines but he denied, saying he could not send them without asking his seniors.”

The guardian minister of Palghar, Vishnu Sawara, has ordered an inquiry into the mishap and assured that the people responsible for the fire will be taken to task.
India  industrial  follow-up  environmental  unknown_chemical 
13 days ago
Fire official: Box of lithium batteries explodes in Uptown post office
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A box of lithium batteries exploded in an Uptown post office Friday afternoon, Chicago fire officials said.

No one was injured in the explosion in the 4800-block of North Broadway Street, officials said. Traffic was blocked around the building for a time, though Broadway has since reopened. The post office remains locked and closed. No one is being allowed in or out.

The box was initially reported as a suspicious package, drawing a hazmat response from Chicago police and firefighters.

It was not clear if the batteries had been sent through the mail or dropped off at the post office.

The USPS Inspection Service is leading the investigation.
us_IL  public  explosion  response  batteries 
14 days ago
First Responders Sue after Chemical Plant Meltdown during Hurricane Harvey
A lawsuit filed in Texas alleges first responders and the public suffered serious lung injuries as a result of explosions that took place at a chemical plant. The suit claims Arkema Inc. knew the chemicals inside would become unstable.

Crosby, TXIf they'd been told just how dangerous the Arkema Inc. chemical plant could become the plaintiffs would have taken more precautions, but according to the statement of claim filed in a Texas court, Arkema's failure to warn authorities and the public resulted in serious injuries to a team of first responders and nearby residents.

By August 29, 2017, Hurricane Harvey had dumped so much rain in and around Harris County that workers were forced to abandon the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. Harris County Sheriff's officers were asked to monitor the 1.5 mile perimeter Arkema Inc. had arbitrarily set up around the facility.

Local residents living near the plant were ordered out under mandatory evacuation.
us_TX  industrial  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
14 days ago
Wyoming, Utah Gas Plants Penalized For EPA Violations
Kinder Morgan Altamont and Colorado Interstate Gas have agreed to pay a penalty and improve the maintenance of equipment to reduce the risk of an accidental release of hazardous chemicals at natural gas processing facilities in Altamont, Utah, and the Rawlins Station Gas Plant near Sinclair, Wyo., according to a news release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed the consent degree and the civil complaint enjoining further violations in federal court in Utah on Friday.
The settlement resulted from EPA inspections dating to 2013 at the Kinder Morgan Altamont facility and dating to 2015 at the CIG Sinclair facility that revealed violations of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program regulations.
The violations included deficiencies associated with safety information, hazard analysis, mechanical integrity, and incident investigations.

Under the consent decree, the companies will have an industry expert conduct mechanical integrity audits at four facilities, submit corrective action plans to EPA, and correct any violations detected in a timely manner.

They also will pay a $179,099 penalty and spend $387,500 to install a system flare at the Rabbit Gulch gas compressor station in Duchesne County, Utah.
us_CO  industrial  discovery  environmental  methane  natural_gas 
14 days ago
Chemical Explodes During Batch Mixing at Ohio Plant
Workers at an Ohio production plant were briefly evacuated last Monday after static electricity sparked an explosion in a mixing vessel, several local news organizations reported. Firefighters were called to the Mar-Flex Waterproofing and Building Products facility in Carlisle, OH at about 10:30 a.m., finding no structural damage save for a detached exterior wall panel.

“They were batch mixing a chemical called S500 for sealant,” Dustin Perry, a member of the Franklin Township Fire Department, told Cincinnati, OH-based NBC News affiliate WLWT. “During that process, they had an explosion that blew out part of the building, and then the container that holds the S500 started to catch fire.”

Perry called the incident a “dust explosion” in a report by the Dayton Daily News. Mar-Flex Waterproofing and Building Materials Director of Marketing and Sales Brad Wymore told the newspaper that static electricity built up in the mixing vessel and sparked, causing the blast. Sprinklers in the facility activated immediately after the incident, the company official said, and said that no flames appeared.

“The S500 was not really a concern. It’s a flammable liquid that you can use Class B foam on, which is what we did. We capped the container off, which contained it to the 800-gallon tank it was involved in,” Perry said in WLWT’s coverage.  

10 employees in the facility were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported. The same facility suffered an explosion in 2011 and a chemical fire in 2004, the television station reported.
us_OH  industrial  explosion  response  dust  flammables 
14 days ago
Industry agrees to filter drinking water for PFOA
POWNAL — A carbon filtering system to reduce PFOA levels — rather than a new groundwater source — was proposed recently as a permanent solution to chemical contamination of the Pownal Fire District 2 well.

Negotiations over a replacement well site have apparently stalled, consultants overseeing the search process told district board members at a Feb. 26 meeting. Representatives of Unicorn Management Consultants then presented details of the permanent filtering option, which was promptly criticized by the board.

The consultants were hired in 2016 by American Premier Underwriters of Cincinnati, the company that has assumed environmental liability for the former Warren Wire/General Cable factory site and is overseeing the insurance firm's response to the PFOA contamination.

State environmental officials believe that perfluorooctanoic acid emanated from the former plant — located about 1,000 feet from the district's well head off Route 346. Testing found PFOA at levels above 20 parts per trillion, the state's advisory mark for drinking water.

The insurer provided an enclosed carbon filtering system near the existing district well head, and APU is funding the search for a replacement well.
us_VT  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical 
14 days ago
Hazardous chemical spills from big rig onto I-10
A big rig driver is in trouble after the hazardous chemical he was hauling spilled on shoulder of I-10.

The truck carrying hydrochloric acid lost part of its load near the I-10 and I-45 interchange near downtown.

Houston Police tell KHOU 11 News the truck driver shouldn’t have had the hazardous chemical inside of the 610 Loop. That driver told HPD’s commercial vehicle enforcement officers a car cut him off and caused him to slam on brakes.

Police say they found several violations, including the improperly secured load, an issue with the truck’s tires and problem with the driver’s paperwork.
us_TX  transportation  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
14 days ago
Fire Reported at Knight Chemical Laboratory – The Buchtelite
While many students were leaving campus for the day on Wednesday, a convoy of fire trucks was heading the opposite direction towards the Knight Chemical Laboratory where a small fire was reported in a chemical waste room located on the first floor adjacent to the building’s loading dock.
There were no injuries and the fire was quickly extinguished.
Bart Hamilton, building coordinator for the complex, was working in the loading dock when he noticed the smell of smoke immediately followed by the sounding of the building’s fire alarm. Knowing the potential severity of the situation given the types of chemicals stored in that area, he urged nearby students to evacuate right away.

The locked waste room is located near a much larger storage area where large containers of highly toxic and flammable chemicals are held. Had the fire not been controlled and spread to that area, the situation could have been much worse, Hamilton pointed out.
us_OH  laboratory  fire  response  flammables  waste 
14 days ago
Tennessee fines chemical plant $25,000 in hydrogen explosion
CHARLESTON, Tenn. — Tennessee regulators have fined a chemical plant $25,000 for an explosion that shut down an interstate and put several schools on lockdown.

WRCB-TV reported Friday that the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Wacker Chemie for seven violations stemming from the explosion at its Bradley County plant in September. The report says a broken cylinder fractured, releasing hydrogen that caught fire.

The cited violations range from improper training to failing to follow good engineering practices. A week before the explosion, five employees had been hospitalized for chemical exposure, resulting in a separate $20,000 fine.

A company statement says they're still working to reopen the plant, but are confident that it'll reopen safely.
us_TN  industrial  follow-up  environmental  gas_cylinders  hydrogen 
14 days ago
Fire breaks out in chemical factory in Sangareddy
Sangareddy: A massive fire broke out in Mahasai Chemical Company at Gummadidala in Sangareddy district on Friday evening.

The fire spread to all corners of the company following a minor blast in drums filled with chemicals. Panicked employees ran to safety. Fire tenders rushed to spot were fighting to bring the fire under control. The company was almost reduced to ashes. Though the loss is not yet estimated, it is put in crores. A case was registered.
India  industrial  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
14 days ago
3 killed, 14 hurt in blasts in Boisar chemical factories
Fire started in chemical unit and soon spread to 5 neighbouring plants. In all, 35 to 40 blasts reported.

Three people were killed and 14 reported injured in multiple blasts that gutted six chemicals factories in Tarapur MIDC, Boisar, on Thursday night.

The 14 injured were admitted to a nearby hospital, of which at least two are said to be critical, and may have to be shifted to Mumbai. In all, six factories were completely gutted in the fire, which witnessed around 35 to 40 blasts in all. A couple of blasts were so severe, locals said, that the tremors were even felt in Palghar and Mahim.

Preliminary reports suggest that the blasts occurred in 25 drums of 200-litre capacity belonging to Novaphene Speciality Limited, in their factory at Plot E-107, Boisar MIDC. These drums were said to have housed flammable chemical solvents, although final reports were awaited.

One of the locals of a residential complex in the vicinity said the doors and glass panes of nearby houses were shattered by the impact of the exlosions. The Boisar cops have registered an offence in this regard and will file a final case once officials from the Director of Industrial Safety and Health, Vasai, file their final findings after conducting a detailed panchnama.

District Collector Dr Prashant Narnaware was at the spot, along with fire brigade officials from Vasai, Bhiwandi, Palghar, the Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS), Reliance Thermal, Dahanu, Thane and Palghar, said Manjunath Singe, superintendent of police.

At least four foam tenders and four water tenders were seen fighting the blaze between the blasts throughout Thursday night and early into Friday morning.
India  industrial  explosion  death  flammables  solvent 
14 days ago
UPDATE: Chlorine fumes at King’s send 8 to hospital
WILKES-BARRE — Eight King’s College employees were taken to a hospital after feeling ill due to chlorine fumes inside the Scandlon Physical Education Center on Thursday morning.

City Fire Chief Jay Delaney said firefighters responded to the building on North Main Street just before 9:30 a.m. and were able to shut off primary and secondary valves inside a control room that regulates chemicals to the pool.

Delaney said two employees were initially taken to a hospital in an ambulance. About one hour later, four employees were transported by an ambulance to a hospital while two employees were taken in a private vehicle.
us_PA  public  release  injury  chlorine 
15 days ago
Gardnerville man indicted for butane hash explosion
RENO – A Gardnerville man was arrested and made his initial appearance in federal court on Thursday for causing an explosion at his apartment while trying to illegally make butane hash oil, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.

Adam Fitzgerald-Wermes, 22, was arrested on suspicion of one count of endangering human life while manufacturing a controlled substance. United States District Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke scheduled a jury trial to begin on May 8.

According to the indictment, on January 14, Fitzgerald-Wermes allegedly caused an explosion in his kitchen by trying to make butane hash oil containing a high potency of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The chemical extraction process is dangerous because it involves the use of butane, a highly flammable and odorless gas, to burn parts of marijuana to draw concentrated THC from the plant into a wax-like substance. THC is a psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces the "high" feeling users seek.
us_NV  public  explosion  response  butane  clandestine_lab 
15 days ago
Redondo Beach to support MHF refinery ban
The Redondo Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support a ban on the use of a controversial catalyst in the Torrance Refining Company’s gasoline production process.

The City of Torrance has also called for a ban of Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF), a chemical used as an alkalizing agent in oil refining.

“Even with all the knowledge I have about how oil refiners work, it’s not as helpful as you would think it is, talking about safety,” said Mayor Bill Brand, a trained chemical engineer with a background in refineries. “As an elected official, you look at situations knowing that any oil refinery is a bomb waiting to blow up.”

MHF became a significant topic of discussion in the days and weeks following the Feb. 2015 explosion, caused in part by aging equipment, at what was then the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board described the incident as causing a “near miss” event, in which debris from the explosion missed tanks holding MHF by a matter of feet.

Hydrofluoric acid (HF) poisoning occurs when it is absorbed into the skin It can cause injuries ranging from soft tissue irritation and burns to internal organ and bone damage. Upon release, HF forms a dense gaseous cloud that stays close to the ground. MHF is a diluted form reduces the danger against a release forming those rolling clouds.
us_CA  industrial  follow-up  environmental  hydrofluoric_acid 
15 days ago
Man indicted for producing ricin in home
ARKANSAS (KATV) — An Arkansas man has been indicted for possessing ricin after local and federal authorities searched a central Arkansas home back in February.
A federal grand jury returned the indictment against 21-year-old Alexander Joseph Jordan on Wednesday for knowingly possessing ricin without obtaining a registration, as required by the Public Health Service Act.
Cody Hiland, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, says Jordan is currently in federal custody. He is set to go before a United States magistrate judge at a later date.
A complaint affidavit details what occurred that day when authorities surrounded a home in the 2000 block of Horseshoe Loop after getting a 911 call of Jordan in distress.
Jordan was taken to UAMS and said he ingested ricin, which he admitted to learning how to make on the Internet. The affidavit says he "got the idea from watching the television show Breaking Bad."
Hiland says Jordan told authorities he combined the ingredients in a blender, and tests showed the blender and two mason jars containing a white substance confirmed positive for ricin.
According to authorities, agents also recovered an Amazon.com receipt for ingredients used to make ricin and paperwork that appeared to be a shopping list and instructions for ricin production.
us_AR  public  follow-up  environmental  other_chemical  illegal 
16 days ago
Creedmoor Road spill: Liquid asphalt causing rush hour delays
Creedmoor Road will be closed until noon Wednesday after a tanker carrying 26 tons of liquid asphalt flipped and spilled its contents onto sections of the road.

The road will be closed to traffic until noon Wednesday while hazmat crews clean the road, WNCN reported.

The truck flipped over Tuesday evening just before 11:30 p.m. on Creedmoor Road, north of Norwood Road, WTVD reported, causing its contents to spill onto the road and into a nearby pond.
us_NC  transportation  release  response  asphalt 
17 days ago
HYDROCHLORIC ACID: Road reopens, residents allowed back in homes after train crashes into truck hauling acid
Clouds of acidic gas stymied emergency responders arriving at the scene of a violent crash between a train and tanker truck on Tuesday in Washington County.

The train, carrying diesel fuel, smashed into the truck hauling one to two thousand gallons of hydrochloric acid just before 11 a.m. in Centerville. The impact carried the truck 100 yards down the rails before it stopped.

“Probably half or less spilled from the truck we are estimating, between one (thousand) and two thousand gallons,” said East Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Giovanelli. 

The truck driver, who officials said made a left turn off of Route 88 directly in front of the train, was taken by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital with serious traumatic injuries. Two people on the train were taken to hospitals by ambulance. Their injuries are minor.

“The wind was blowing in the direction the responders were coming in,” said Jeff Yates, director of county public safety. “They had to back off until the wind shifted.”
us_PA  transportation  release  injury  hydrochloric_acid 
17 days ago
No injuries reported in Joplin chemical spill
The Joplin Fire Department responded to Joplin manufacturer Ajinomoto Windsor on Monday night after a fire alarm went off, it said in a news release Tuesday.

Firefighters said plant employees told them of a possible leak in the wastewater treatment building. After inspection, the fire department found that about 5 to 10 gallons of sulfuric acid were spilled onto the ground.

Officials said the spill did not pose a threat to workers or the public. The Joplin Police Department and METS Ambulance Service assisted with the response to the incident.

Once the building was ventilated, plant staff handled the cleanup, the fire department said.
us_MO  industrial  release  response  sulfuric_acid 
17 days ago
SABIC chemical plant apologises for unplanned flaring at its Wilton site
A chemical company has apologised for unexpected flaring which is causing large flames to appear over Teesside.

The process, whereby natural gas that cannot be recycled or recovered by the plants’ processes is burned off, is believed to have started at SABIC on Tuesday afternoon.

Those living near the Wilton International site, near Redcar , have received an apology over the issue.

Redcar and Cleveland Council tweeted: “SABIC apologise for the flaring currently taking place on Olefins 6.

“This is due to loss of steam which is beyond our control, we are trying to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
United_Kingdom  industrial  fire  response  methane  natural_gas 
17 days ago
Prosecutions possible for illegal toxic canisters dumper
UPDATE: The person responsible for illegally dumping toxic chemical canisters which exploded and caused the closure of the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre could be prosecuted.
The Western Downs Regional Council believes it has identified the source of the collected waste in which was 20 canisters containing aluminium phosphide.

Each 300g canister holds 90 pellets which can explode when in contact with moisture or water, releasing very toxic gases that can be fatal.

Reports of chemical drums exploding at waste facility
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Dalby Command Acting Inspector Cameron Ashmore said the rubbish truck's compaction had crushed the canisters which mixed the pellets with moisture causing them to heat and later ignite, then explode.

He said the load was dumped in the industrial bin and when facility crews saw the fire they tried to extinguish it with water, exacerbating the situation with the phosphine gas which is "extremely flammable and toxic".
australia  follow-up  industrial  illegal  other_chemical 
18 days ago
Local man hospitalized after trying to make own fireworks
A Columbus man was hospitalized Sunday night after he apparently tried to make fireworks in his own living room.

First responders with Columbus Police Department and Columbus Fire and Rescue responded to a call about a chemical injury at a home on 12th Street North at about 7:30 p.m., city spokesperson Joe Dillon said. The 27-year-old victim was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle with non life-threatening chemical burns to his stomach, Dillon said.

The man apparently was working with fireworks' chemicals when some of the material caught fire, causing the burns. Two other people in the residence drove the victim to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

Columbus officials called in the Tupelo Police Department Bomb Squad for help searching the residence for hazardous materials. CPD Chief Fred Shelton said the Tupelo agents removed a "small amount of fireworks chemicals," according to a CPD press release.

Both Shelton and CFR Public Information Officer Anthony Colom confirmed there was never a fire in the residence, and Shelton added there was no danger to the public.

CPD is investigating the case. No charges have been filed at this time.
us_ga  public  fire  injury  fireworks 
18 days ago
Business fire burns for more than 14 hours in Gainesville
HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Investigators are working to determine what started a massive fire at a Hall County business.

Flames broke out inside the AFCO business on Monroe Drive at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Channel 2's Audrey Washington was at the scene Monday, where she saw flames spark up through a window just before noon.

She learned the building is used to make cleaning products, so chemicals inside were only helping grow the fire.

The building had been burning for more than 15 hours when firefighters told her they did not want to put more water on the fire and risk any chemical runoff.
us_ga  industrial  fire  response  solvents 
18 days ago
Fire destroys chemical factory in DJ Halli
A massive fire broke out in a three-storey building in DJ Halli's Sugar Mandi, East Bengaluru, on Monday evening, police said.
Constructed on a 20x40 plot, the building stocked barrels and containers of paint thinner, polish, varnish and glues used in the furniture fabrication, a local resident said.
Twelve fire tenders are at work to douse the blaze that broke out around 6 pm and continued to rage even after 11.30 pm. The second floor and a shed on the terrace are still ablaze. Since the locality is thickly populated and the roads are narrow, firefighting from the adjacent structures proved quite a task.
Firefighters have evacuated local residents and are drilling holes in the adjacent structures to access the building on fire. At the time of going to press, firefighters didn't come across any casualty.
The cause of the fire remains unclear but firefighters suspect a short circuit.
A local resident said the building housed a furniture fabrication unit where several people worked. The factory closes by 6 pm and all the employees leave. Local BBMP officials and the police are looking into the factory's trade licence and registration certificates and whether the building owner complied with fire safety regulations.
Bangladesh  industrial  fire  response  solvent 
18 days ago
One person killed in explosion at Beaver Dam apartment complex
Beaver Dam police and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an explosion at an apartment complex Monday that killed one person and forced the evacuation of nearby residents.

The explosion occurred at 109 Knaup Drive on the north side of Beaver Dam about 1 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Police Chief John Kreuziger told the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen that the blast "had an unknown chemical origin."

Law enforcement agencies determined there could still be materials present that posed a danger and ordered the evacuation of several nearby apartment buildings.

Residents were advised to report to the Watermark community center, 209 S. Center St., until arrangements for temporary lodging could be made.

The explosion blew out the windows of Apt. 11 in the complex, the Daily Citizen reported.
us_wi  explosion  public  death  unknown_chemical 
18 days ago
Chemicals cause explosion at Warren County business, no injuries reported
In 2011, when Mar-Flex Waterproofing and Building Products called Madison Township in Butler County home, the company caught fire and burned for hours.

"I started worrying about my kids, worrying about me, worrying about the neighborhood," Madison Township resident Jessica Hicks told WLWT at the time. "It was bad."

Seven years ago, a chemical called Xilene, which is found in gasoline, was most concerning, along with multiple explosions and thick black plumes of smoke.

On Monday morning, there was a fire at the company's new home in Carlisle in Warren County.

While the damage from Monday's fire may be tame by comparison with the 2011 fire, employees were still told to evacuate.

"When crews arrived, we had a large hole in the backside of the building," said Dustin Perry with the Franklin Township Fire Department. "And the company was advising that they had an explosion of some sort."

Nobody was hurt Monday, which may be due, in part, to the chemical that caught fire.

"They were batch mixing a chemical called S500 for sealant," Perry said. "During that process, they had an explosion that blew out part of the building, and then the container that holds the S500 started to catch fire. ... The S500 was not really a concern. It's a flammable liquid that you can use Class B foam on, which is what we did. We capped the container off, which contained it to the 800-gallon tank that it was involved in."

By Monday afternoon, Mar-Flex workers had returned to the plant and resumed operations.

In addition to Monday's fire and the massive fire in 2011, Mar-Flex also experienced a chemical fire in 2004.
us_oh  explosion  industrial  response  solvents 
18 days ago
Residents Of Annapolis Light House Displaced By Chemical
ANNAPOLIS, MD — A chemical odor spreading through the vents of Light House displaced residents Saturday night, according to the Annapolis Fire Department. Hazmat crews from the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County fire departments were called to the homeless shelter about 11:30 p.m. to determine the cause of the odor and find its source.

Firefighters said the odor came from a utility room, and was likely from something poured down a drain. An Annapolis building inspector was called because of the unsafe conditions inside the structure, and it was ruled uninhabitable until an environmental company can clean the system.

Occupants were evacuated, and taken by city bus to another building for safety. At this time there are no reported injuries to civilians or emergency personnel.
us_MD  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
19 days ago
Hazardous incident at Chinchilla waste facility
UPDATE (4:27pm): QFES crews are still on the scene at the Chinchilla Waste and Recycling Centre after reports of smoking cannisters this morning.

A QFES spokeswoman said two crews, plus specialist vehicles, were at the tip on Slessar St, where crews were working to identify the number of containers affected.

"They were working to separate them from other material,” the spokeswoman said.

According to QFES media, crews had the incident under control around 1:45pm and were liaising with management on site.

Western Downs Regional Council have said the incident poses no threat to residents.

EARLIER: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are on stand-by as they wait for a scientific expert to arrive on site.

A hazmat vehicle from Toowoomba has been dispatched and on it's way to the waste facility.

Staff have been evacuated from a Chinchilla waste facility after a "hazardous incident” occurred earlier this morning.
Australia  public  discovery  response  waste 
19 days ago
Fire damages Wah Chang building on Front Avenue
Multiple mid-valley agencies battled a fire Saturday evening in a building on the Wah Change Research Center property on Front Avenue in Albany.

As of late Saturday evening, personnel had yet to enter the structure to confirm that the fire was out or to determine its cause. They were waiting for the Linn County Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team to complete its evaluation, testing smoke from the fire and runoff from the water used to combat the blaze.

"We're currently not making entry due to some of the chemicals inside," Albany Fire Department Public Information Officer Sandy Roberts said. She added, however, that the situation was stable and there was no danger to the public.

Roberts said no one was in the building, and no injuries were reported.

The call on the blaze came in around 6:45 p.m. as a structure fire "called in" by an automated alarm. Roberts said crews arrived within five minutes. A total of five engines and one ladder truck responded, as well as two regional hazmat and two medic vehicles on standby.
us_NY  laboratory  fire  response  unknown_chemical 
20 days ago
Small fire causes chemical spill at Northeast Portland warehouse
PORTLAND, Ore. — Firefighters and a hazmat team responded to a chemical spill and fire at a warehouse Saturday.
They were called to the 14100 block of Northeast Airport Way just before 5 a.m.
According to Portland Fire & Rescue, a small fire compromised 16 barrels of hydrogen peroxide.
Firefighters and members of the Portland and Gresham hazmat teams put out the fire and contained the chemical.
us_OR  industrial  fire  response  hydrogen_peroxide 
20 days ago
Portion of Highway 29 in Jones Co. closed due to chemical spill
An 18-wheeler carrying a hazardous chemical crashed and overturned on highway 29 in Jones County Saturday.

According to the Chief of Calhoun Volunteer Department Lee Garick, emergency crews responded to a crash reported at 11:38 a.m. between Flem Phillips Road and Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church outside of Ellisville.

Emergency crews say the truck was hauling a chemical called "phenol, molten," a liquid chemical used in making plastics, cosmetics and hair dye.

150-200 gallons of the product leaked out of the truck, but crews kept it from flowing into a nearby creek. 

Officials also said two homes near the scene were evacuated.

No one was injured.
us_MS  transportation  release  response  phenol 
20 days ago
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