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Gas leak closes 78 near Loganville
GRAYSON, Ga. — A contractor hit two gas lines near a busy Gwinnett County intersection, snarling traffic between Loganville and Snellville during the afternoon rush hour.

Gwinnett firefighters responded at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a gas leak at the intersection of Cooper Road and Athens Highway to a 911 call of a gas line struck while drilling.
us_GA  public  release  response  natural_gas 
19 hours ago by dchas
Chemical Crews Detect Vapor Emission At BG Army Depot
RICHMOND, Ky. – Chemical crews detected a vapor emission in a storage structure that contained sarin rockets during a routine inspection Tuesday.

A mobile monitoring laboratory detected the vapor during routine analysis of the atmosphere within the structure, known as an “igloo.” As a safety precaution, a powered filter was connected to the igloo to ensure the vapor does not enter the outside atmosphere.

Detecting, isolating, and mitigating vapor emissions are a normal part of the safe and secure chemical storage operations at Blue Grass Chemical Activity.

There is no danger or risk to Madison County citizens or surrounding counties. The Madison County Emergency Management Agency and the Commonwealth of Kentucky EMA were notified of the vapor emission.
us_KY  industrial  release  response  unknown_chemical 
20 hours ago by dchas
Bear mace clears out office in Warrick County
Bear mace clears out an office in Warrick County.

It happened at an OBGYN office on Rosebud Lane, near Alldredge Dental Care.

The office was evacuated while hazmat crews checked out the scene.

It's unclear how the bear mace got sprayed into the office.

But we're told everyone was allowed back into the office a short time later.
us_IN  public  release  response  tear_gas 
yesterday by dchas
Hazmat spill on Beltway 8 at Briar Hill closes toll lanes
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An 18-wheeler with a ruptured fuel tank has closed toll lanes on Beltway 8 southbound at Briar Hill.

The hazmat spill began early Monday morning and is blocking all four toll lanes.

In the past, this has allowed even non-EZ tag users to use the toll road for free.
us_TX  transportation  release  response  petroleum 
2 days ago by dchas
Three children hospitalised after suspected chemical leak at Letterkenny swimming pool
FIVE PEOPLE INCLUDING three children have been taken to hospital following an incident at an indoor swimming pool in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
It’s understood they became ill at around 12pm following a suspected chemical leak at the Aura Leisure Centre in the town.
The alarm was raised and emergency services including local fire and emergency services and the HSE were called to the scene.
The five individuals were subsequently taken to Letterkenny University Hospital, where their conditions are not thought to be life threatening. 
Ireland  public  release  injury  pool_chemical 
3 days ago by dchas
At least 21 hospitalized after chemical leak at Nira plant
PUNE: At least 21 workers were hospitalized, one with severe burn injuries, after a chemical leak from a tank inside a plant at Nira-Nimbut in Purandar taluka on Wednesday, police said.
Local villagers, however, claimed there was an explosion at the plant and pegged the number of affected workers at more than 40. They said three workers were critical. The affected workers have been admitted to different private hospitals in Nira and Lonand.

“Around 4.30pm, the chemical overflowed from the tank. As per our information, 21 people were initially admitted to hospital. One of them, with severe burn injuries, is in a serious condition,” Pune rural superintendent of police Sandip Patil said. The plant authorities immediately shut the valve and contained the leak, police said.
Nira village has a population of 20,000, some of whom work at the plant. After the incident, word quickly spread with differing reports of the severity.
The affected workers complained of breathing difficulty, burning sensation in the eyes, nausea and dizziness, villagers said. “Around 4.30pm, a tank was overfilled with acetic anhydride, which caused a pressure build-up inside, leading to the explosion. Around 35-40 workers were rushed to the hospital,” said Vaibhav Konde, a resident of the village.
India  industrial  release  injury  acetic_anhydride 
6 days ago by dchas
Farmer stops ammonia leak before HAZMAT arrival
A farmer was able to stop an anhydrous ammonia leak before firefighters and the local hazardous materials team could arrive on scene.

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter said the leak was reported at Nelson Avenue and 170th Street a little after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A farmer was pulling a 3,000-gallon anhydrous applicator and Hergenreter said a leak happened in the hose fitting between the applicator and the tractor.

The farmer noticed the leak.

“He was able to shut down one of the main valves and get it controlled for a majority of it,” Hergenreter said.

There was just a small leak when the Fort Dodge Fire Department and Region V Hazardous Materials Response Team arrived.
us_IA  transportation  release  response  ammonia 
7 days ago by dchas
UCLA lab incident triggers LAFD hazmat response
WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A hazmat team responded to UCLA on a report of a student being injured in a chemical reaction Tuesday night.

After assessing the scene, officials determined the student had only incurred minor lacerations and no chemicals had been spilled.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. at a laboratory inside a four-story science building on the Westwood campus.

After the "chemical interaction" had been reported to authorities, the student walked outside to be evaluated by Los Angeles Fire Department crews.

She underwent a rinse procedure and then was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

No other injuries were reported and there were no evacuations.
us_CA  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
7 days ago by dchas
Urbana fire officials, IEPA work to contain chemical spill
URBANA, Ill. (WICS/WCCU) — Urbana fire officials were called to a hazardous material spill Monday, April 15 at the Boneyard Creek.

The incident occurred in the 200 block of South Gregory Street at 2:43 p.m. after what appeared to be a petroleum base sheen spilled into the creek.

Fire crews utilized absorbent booms across the Boneyard Creek to contain the spill.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) was also notified and called to the scene.

The IEPA arrived on site Tuesday morning and is still working with officials to manage the spill.

The original source of the spill was believed to be from contaminated water from a nearby construction site at 708 South Sixth Street in Champaign.
us_IL  public  release  response  petroleum 
7 days ago by dchas
Police detain woman accused of spraying neighbor with ammonia in Deerfield Beach
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Deputies have detained a woman who allegedly sprayed her Deerfield Beach neighbor with ammonia, which prompted rescue crews to transport the victim and a responding deputy to the hospital.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene located near Powerline Road and Northwest Sixth Street, at around 10:30 a.m., Monday.

The neighbor who was sprayed was transported to the hospital in unknown condition.

One deputy that responded to the scene was transported as well due to the strong smell.

7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where the restrained woman could be seen writhing on the grass with some kind of bag over her head.

Hazmat crews responded to the scene as a precaution.
us_FL  public  release  injury  ammonia 
8 days ago by dchas
Liquid Nitrogen Leak Creates Haze, Shuts Down Part of W. 12 St.
A haze shut down part of W. 12 St. in the City of Erie Monday night.

Emergency crews were called just after 8 p.m. and learned a liquid nitrogen tank ruptured in Modern Industries.

They shut down 12th St. from Cherry to Liberty St. because the haze is causing visibility problems for drivers.

HAZMAT is on standby right now while crew members work to stop the leak, according to Jeff Carroll, deputy chief for the Erie Fire Department.

A tanker truck may need to be called to the scene if the leak cannot be stopped, Carroll told Erie News Now.

Depending on how long it takes to stop the leak, it could be a while before road is reopened, Carroll said.

In the meantime, he said the gas is not harmful or poisonous to the body and does not pose a fire risk.
industrial  release  response  liquid_nitrogen 
8 days ago by dchas
Assumptions Made About Changes to Experiment Leads to Rupture of Tubing Line
A tubing line ruptured on a bench-scale coolant system in the Physical Science Laboratory building at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The tubing contained 250F radiator coolant fluid which sprayed onto a chair, the ceiling and the floor around the system. The spill caused minimal damage to the lab and no one was hurt, but the event was considered a "near-miss" due to the proximity of staff to the uncontrolled hot fluid. After an investigation into the event, it was discovered that work planning and control documentation, including an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) were not in place as requested and the project team was operating outside the approved boundaries and limitations of the experiment.
us_WA  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
9 days ago by dchas
Leak evacuates NC shopping centre days after fatal explosion
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina authorities say they’ve evacuated businesses in a Fayetteville shopping centre because a construction crew struck a gas line.

The gas leak at Cross Pointe Center comes just days after a fatal explosion in Durham, located about 80 miles (130 kilometres) north of Fayetteville. One person was killed in the explosion and fire Wednesday in downtown Durham.

News outlets report that no injuries were reported in Fayetteville, where crews were called to the area around 3:45 p.m. after receiving a report of gas odour. The outlets say the Fayetteville Fire Department reports that firefighters found a construction crew had struck a gas line under the parking lot.
us_NC  public  release  response  other_chemical 
10 days ago by dchas
Leaking propane tank triggers hazmat response in Dorchester – Boston News, Weather, Sports
DORCHESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - Hazmat crews were called in after a thousand-gallon propane tank started to leak in Boston on Saturday.

Boston firefighters responding to the tank on Clapp Street around 2:15 p.m. successfully shut down the leak.
us_MA  public  release  response  propane 
10 days ago by dchas
'Leaking, Smoking' Sulfur Found Near Hawthorne Ballfield: Hazmat Responds, Evacuations Ordered
What one responder said was "leaking, smoking" sulfur near a Hawthorne ballfield Thursday afternoon forced the evacuations of nearby homes and businesses and brought a hazardous materials unit.

Bystanders said at least one person was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

Wagaraw Road was closed from Lafayette to Lincoln avenues with "no entry to the roadway whatsoever," Hawthorne police said, as a Passaic County Hazardous Materials Unit tried to trace the origin of the leak.

A command center was set up at the Wagaraw Road ballfield, which was closed to practices for the rest of the day.

A work crew was digging a trench in the ballfield's auxiliary parking lot when the incident occurred.

Hawthorne police, firefighters and the Volunteer Ambulance Corps, responded, along with the Passaic County Health Department and Sheriff's Office and Valley Hospital EMS.
us_NJ  public  release  response  sulphur 
12 days ago by dchas
EPA, LDEQ removing dozens of chemical drums after spill Monday
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Choctaw Drive near Kincaid Avenue remains blocked after a chemical spill Monday, April 8.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) says it responded to complaints of a foul odor coming from a property in the area after drums containing an unknown reddish substance spilled while they were being moved.
The spill has since been cleaned up, however, nearly 120 drums were located on the property and are still being moved.
Around noon on Thursday, April 11, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took over to assist with sampling the substance so crews can better determine how to remove it.
Sampling will take around five to ten days.
A team from the Baton Rouge Fire Department is remaining on scene to conduct air quality monitoring as a precaution.
us_LA  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
12 days ago by dchas
Keaau Gas Cloud Scare Explained By Fire Department
(BIVN) – A dangerous, floating cloud of gas resulted in the temporary closure of Shipman Industrial Park in Keaʻau today, and forced companies operating in the area to shelter in place.

No one was injured by the cloud of propane gas, which was created when a valve was reportedly torn off a Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or LPG, container, fire officials say.

The fire department responded to Kipimana Street, between Melekahiwa Place and Kalapa Place, just after 11 a.m., and found a “large vapor cloud” in area moving with light winds. Traffic was stopped to Shipman Industrial Area, and the source was identified as “a torn off fill valve located at the bottom of a 20’ LPG shipping container (24 sq meter/ ~6,300 gallons),” a fire dispatch stated.

The liquid LPG “formed a large ice flow of LPG under the container, which released a large cloud of visible Propane gas,” the fire department said.

The cloud propane cloud, which the fire department says can be highly flammable and is heavier than air, moved over the surrounding area in the variable winds and raining conditions. “Neighboring properties were instructed to shelter in place and extinguish any outside flame/industrial sources, vehicles included,” the dispatch said.
us_HI  industrial  release  response  propane 
12 days ago by dchas
4 dead, 2 missing in China aluminum ore train derailment
BEIJING (AP) — A train carrying aluminum ore derailed in a central Chinese province, killing at least four people, local authorities said Thursday, in the latest in a series of industrial accidents to strike the country.
The city government of Gongy in Henan province said the train crashed into a village home after jumping the tracks around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Two other people were listed as missing, it said.
The 25-car train is owned by a subsidiary of Aluminum Corporation of China and ran on a 22-kilometer (14-mile) track built in the 1950s specially for transporting ore.
TV footage showed tangled cars from the train spread across a forested area.
China experiences frequent industrial accidents despite orders from the central government to improve safety at factories, power plants and mines or risk prosecution. Skirting of safety regulations — sometimes with the collusion of corrupt local officials — is generally given as the cause.
China  transportation  release  death 
12 days ago by dchas
Police officers, firefighter among 6 hospitalized after crash at Qunicy gas station sets off fire suppressant system
Six people, including two police officers and a firefighter, were taken to local hospitals following a gas station crash that activated the fire suppression system.

Officials said an elderly man accidentally backed his sedan into one of the pumps at the Prestige gas station at the intersection of Franklin and School streets in Quincy.

The elderly driver also struck a pedestrian and the falling gas pump landed on a blue SUV. The female driver of the SUV, the elderly driver and the man he hit were all treated for minor injuries.

Under protocol, the gas station activated the fire suppression system, which sprayed a chemical in the form of white powder.

Two police officers and a firefighter were also treated because they inhaled the white powder. They are all expected to be OK.

The fire chief said the crash resulted in no fire, explosions or serious injuries.
us_MA  public  release  injury  dust 
14 days ago by dchas
Officials: Foul odor near Choctaw area no cause for concern
BATON ROUGE - The fire department says a strange odor near the Choctaw area Monday night is not dangerous, and nearby residents and businesses should not be concerned.

The foul smell was reported late Monday night near Kincaid Ave and Choctaw Drive. A spokesperson with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says waste oil products leaked from drums while being moved from a nearby warehouse.

HazMat was called to the scene.

Officials say there is no danger and a cleanup effort is underway.
us_LA  industrial  release  response  petroleum  waste 
15 days ago by dchas
UPDATED: Building reopens after chemical leak prompts evacuation at INL building
IDAHO FALLS — The Energy Innovation Building at Idaho National Laboratory has reopened after a refrigerant leak prompted the evacuation of the building.

Sarah Neumann, a spokeswoman for INL said Building C has reopened as of 4 p.m. to the approximately 100 employees who work there.

She confirmed the 407C liquid gas is a chemical used in the air-conditioning system at the building.
us_ID  industrial  release  response  hvac_chemicals 
15 days ago by dchas
Raleigh fire crews respond to hazmat incident at NC State lab
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) -- Fire crews are at the scene of a hazardous materials incident in a lab at North Carolina State University Monday evening.

The incident was reported around 6 p.m. at 2820 Faucette Drive.

Raleigh fire officials said two chemicals were mixed together in the lab, triggering the hazmat incident.

Fire officials are not sure what chemicals were used or what chemical was created when they were mixed together.

So far, the building has not been evacuated, but people inside are being told to "shelter in place."

No one was injured.

Authorities said they expect to be on the scene for at least an hour.
us_NC  laboratory  release  response  unknown_chemical 
15 days ago by dchas
Spill at Walmart in Simi Valley brings hazardous materials team, closes alley
A hazardous-materials spill at a Simi Valley Walmart Sunday brought emergency personnel and closed an alley behind the store but posed no threat to the public, officials said.

The spill was reported shortly before 3:50 p.m. at the 255 East Cochran St. location, according to Ventura County Fire Department reports. The site is just east of Madera Road on the south side of Highway 118.

The spill reportedly took place near a loading dock at the rear of the store, according to firefighters at the scene. Some nine people were affected, firefighters said. Multiple fire department units responded, including a hazmat team.

Simi Valley Police Department officers were called in to control traffic around a back alley that was blocked off.

The spill apparently involved lighter fluid from tiki torches, according to Simi Valley police. The store remained open and the incident did not pose a threat to shoppers or the general public, officials said.
us_CA  public  release  response  flammable 
16 days ago by dchas
Mercury spill reported at DePaul College Prep
Authorities responded to a hazmat scene Friday evening at DePaul College Prep in Irving Park.

A staff member found a “very small mercury spill” inside a classroom and immediately called 911, Chicago Fire Dept. Cmdr. Frank Velez said.

“They closed the room right away and called us,” Velez said. “It was contained by the staff. Nobody touched it or anything.”

Shortly after 4:50 p.m., fire crews searched the building with meters and fully contained the toxin, according to Velez. He was not sure of the source of the spilled mercury.

The Chicago Department of Public Health will be involved in additional mitigation efforts, Velez said.
us_IL  education  release  response  mercury 
18 days ago by dchas
Pool truck crashed in Cape Coral, spilling chlorine onto Del Pra
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Hazmat teams are responding to a crash involving a pool truck that spilled chlorine on the road.

The crash happened at the intersection of Del Prado Boulevard North and Malagrotta Circle, and Cape Coral police are on the scene.

The southbound lanes of Del Prado were closed but were cleared and reopened.
us_FL  transportation  release  response  chlorine 
19 days ago by dchas
Liquid spill in Pico Rivera fast food eatery leads to temporary evacuation; substance found to be not hazardous – Whittier Daily News
Deputies evacuated a Jack in the Box in Pico Rivera on Tuesday after a red liquid leaked out of a backpack, causing people to cough.

A hazmat team determined the liquid was not a hazardous substance, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jodi Hutak said.

“When they tested it, it was consistent with ingredients put in pepper spray,” she said.

Authorities do not think a crime occurred.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sky Cornell said no one was taken to a hospital.

It happened shortly before 1:15 p.m. Hutak said a man with a backpack walked into the restaurant in the 6000 block of Rosemead Boulevard for a refund of some sort.
us_CA  public  release  response  pepper_spray 
21 days ago by dchas
Cal Poly SLO evacuates buildings over hazardous liquid
Cal Poly buildings were evacuated, roads were closed and hazmat teams swept through a portion of campus on Monday after reports of a suspicious substance bubbling up in one of its parking lots.

The source of all the hubbub? A leaky water boiler.

Emergency crews evacuated three engineering buildings on campus shortly after noon for “an abundance of caution,” a Cal Poly Emergency Services department representative said soon after the evacuation.

California Boulevard and North Perimeter roads were closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, while emergency crews investigated the strange substance.
us_CA  education  release  response  other_chemical 
22 days ago by dchas
Harrison County chlorine leak resolved
March 31st 2019 — Multiple departments responded to a chlorine leak Sunday at the Cadiz Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Officials on scene said a 150 gallon tank inside the plant sprung a leak.

The Jefferson County HAZMAT unit was called in as a precaution.

Officials said that they leak has been cleaned up, and that there is no danger to the public.
us_OH  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
23 days ago by dchas
Release of "chemical irritant" prompts residents to shelter in place in Covington
COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - The Covington Fire Department responded to the release of a "chemical irritant" on Sunday afternoon, prompting local businesses and residents to shelter in place.

The call to the fire department came in shortly before 1 p.m. with the caller stating there was "white smoke" in the area.

The release of the chemical happened as a result of an apparent equipment failure at the Interplastic Corporation plant on Latonia Ave. in Covington. Officials believe that a pressure release valve failed or became stuck.

According to Covington Fire Chief Mark Pierce, no one was injured by the vapor cloud that was coming from the plant, blowing east, and dissipating.

Fire officials say that the chemical is a lung irritant.

The Covington Fire Department advised residents within 1,000 feet of the plant to shelter in place, meaning go inside, shut your doors and windows, and turn off any ventilation drawing air in from the outside.
us_KY  industrial  release  response  irritant 
23 days ago by dchas
St. George Fire respond to puddle of muriatic acid on Bluebonnet
BATON ROUGE- St. George fire crews responded to a scene at Bluebonnet and Perkins after a couple of five-gallon cans of muriatic acid spilled in the streets.

The call came in just before 9pm, Friday night.

Authorities aren't sure where the fluid came from, but spent at least 30 minutes cleaning it up.

Hazmat crews from Baton Rouge and St. George were on scene.

Traffic had to be redirected during the cleanup.

All lanes were reopened and back to normal by 9:30.
us_LA  public  release  response  acids  hydrochloric_acid 
25 days ago by dchas
No Injuries During Chlorine Leak at Wastewater Plant
SHADYSIDE — Firefighters and a hazmat unit were called in Friday to contain a chlorine leak inside the Shadyside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

OR&W Fire District Assistant Fire Chief John Shaver said employees discovered a detection alarm going off before 7 a.m. and called 911 for help. The small leak was caused by a chlorine regulator malfunctioning. Although a backup regulator began to work, a small amount of the chlorine did escape into the room.

Belmont County Emergency Management Agency Director Dave Ivan said the chlorine was in a gas form. A hazmat team from Belmont County was called in to help determine the cause of the leak.
us_WV  industrial  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
25 days ago by dchas
Fluoride spill at SAWS facility cleaned up
San Antonio Water System workers transferring fluoride at the utility’s North East Operations Center on Friday spilled about 4,100 gallons of the chemical, officials said.
The spill was caused by malfunctioning valves, SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said.
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“As a result, some of the fluoride was lost into the secondary containment area,” she said. “We have all sorts of protocol of how we manage fluoride and chlorine, the two biggest chemicals we work with.”
SAWS’ protocol includes calling in the San Antonio Fire Department’s hazardous materials team and notifying the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The spill occurred when SAWS employees were receiving a delivery of fluoride at the facility at 13655 O’Connor Road. No one was injured in the incide
us_TX  industrial  release  response  water  treatment 
25 days ago by dchas
Driver arrested, six homes evacuated after Chandler hazardous material accident
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Six homes in a Chandler neighborhood were evacuated after a truck carrying hazardous materials crashed on Arizona Avenue north of Queen Creek road. 

A commercial vehicle carrying phosphorus was involved in an accident Friday afternoon, causing 60 gallons of the highly-reactive material to leak from the truck.

Chandler Police Department spokesman, Officer Kevin Quinn, said the commercial truck was traveling north on Arizona Avenue when the driver ran a red light at Queen Creek Road hitting a westbound vehicle.

The driver of the commercial truck ran away from the accident scene, said Quinn, but he was quickly located and arrested.

Quinn says the 42-year-old man who ran from the scene had two unrelated warrants out for his arrest. He will now also be charged with hit and run, driving on a revoked license and a red light violation, said Quinn.

Six homes were evacuated because of the leak, which happened on the pavement adjacent to Arizona Avenue along East Roadrunner Drive, where the truck came to rest.

Quinn says one officer was taken to a hospital for precaution due to exposure. That officer is reported to be fine and has already been released.
us_AZ  transportation  release  injury  phosphorus 
25 days ago by dchas
Hazmat Crews Responding To Reported 'Chemical Incident' In NW OK
Hazmat crews responded to a chemical incident in Northwest Oklahoma City. 

According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, crews are on scene at Interim Healthcare Oklahoma City located at 3613 NW 56th Street. The building is being evacuated due to an acidic smell. 

OKCFD says a small amount of commercial-grade cleaning product was poured down a sink, producing the odor. 

Crews will continue to monitor the situation until it is safe for employees to re-enter the building. 
us_OK  industrial  release  response  cleaners 
26 days ago by dchas
PROPEL SCHOOL: Student will be charged for activating fire suppression leading to school evacuation
ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Students were evacuated from a school in Robinson Township after an incident in a chemistry lab.

According to a spokesperson for Propel Schools, the middle/high school on Steubenville Pike was evacuated after a student activated the fire suppression system, releasing foam into the classroom.

The foam, which is used to fight fires, landed on students.

Officials said about a dozen students were sickened and were treated by paramedics. At last check, no one was taken to the hospital.

Police said the fire suppression system was activated intentionally and the student could face charges.

Classes resumed after the incident was brought under control.
us_PA  laboratory  release  injury  unknown_chemical 
27 days ago by dchas
Crews burning off propane after underground tank leak in La Crosse
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Crews are using a flaring operation, or burning off propane, after a leak was discovered in an underground tank on La Crosse's south side.

The La Crosse Fire Department was called to the area of 28th St. and Mesa Grande Pl. at approximately 1:00 p.m. Tuesday for an odor of gas coming from an underground propane tank.

Xcel Energy crews reported the leak after a gas surveillance truck detected it during a routine survey.

Some of the first crews on scene also discovered slight gas readings in the basement of a nearby business.
us_WI  transportation  release  response  propane 
28 days ago by dchas
Chemical Leak At Water Works Plant Could Be Cause Of Dying Trees
BIRMINGHAM, AL - A chemical leak at the Birmingham Water Works Shades Mountain Filter Plant on US 280 that sent more than 50 people to the hospital Feb. 27 may have affected several trees surrounding the plant. Complaints from neighbors who have seen their pine trees turn brown has the BWWB investigating the matter.

"An accidental mix of sodium hypochlorite (which is essentially bleach) and ferric sulfate caused a chlorine off gas at our Shades Mountain Filter Plant," the BWWB said at the time of the leak. "We use these components to treat water as our normal practice, however they are not meant to be mixed together."

Water Works employees and people nearby who breathed in the gas were treated at local hospitals, but no serious injuries were reported.

The Birmingham Fire Department reported that hazmat entry teams closed the valves involved in the contamination, and officials determined that the issue had been resolved without further incident. However, since the leak, a large number of pine trees around the plant have shown signs of discoloration, including in a residential neighborhood and nearby church in Mountain Brook. Initially the BWWB denied any responsibility for the problems with the trees. The BWWB has since backtracked on that denial and said they are investigating the matter.
us_AL  industrial  release  injury  bleach  chlorine 
29 days ago by dchas
Iowan travels to Nebraska to help those affected by flooding
DONAHUE, Iowa. (KWQC) - The state of Nebraska is still cleaning up from the floods that hit last week. Thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Kristina Tenboer, a local Iowan with parents in Nebraska just returned home from bringing emergency supplies to those affected by flooding.

"They lost everything. None of it can be replaced. You can move on, but it's a big impact on people."

The state of Nebraska is under a state of emergency as the most widespread disaster in its history leaves communities underwater.

"There were 2 levees and both of those broke. So people weren't prepared, they didn't know, and they lost everything. And they don't know how they're going to get everything back- how they're going to recoup it."

Tenboer's parents live in Paradise Lake, about 15 miles south of Omaha. The pictures she took show the homes there are halfway underwater. She wants the country to know just how bad the damage is, "It's important because a lot of those people didn't have a back-up plan. Like in my parent's community, they were told they didn't need flood insurance because they are told it wouldn't flood."

Her parents aren't alone. Thousands of people are impacted by the flooding, and has left that small communities homeless.

"In areas like Paradise Lake where they're worried about the jet fuel and sewage, that's inhabitable. That's a hazmat issue. So, they won't be able to come back" explained Tenboer.

As they look to the future and what is next, Kristina worries about the flooding we could face here in the Quad Cities, "if we have any one of our dams go, it could be catastrophic. Especially for the Quad Cities that are right there on the river. People take for granted that levees and dams will always stay there. Nebraska is a prime example that they don't always work."
us_NE  public  release  environmental  jet_fuel 
29 days ago by dchas
Ammonia spill reported in Bayou La Batre
Firefighters at the scene tell News 5 there was an ammonia spill, but it was not a large quantity. They tell us the spill is now under control.

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BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (WKRG) — Several fire engines are responding to reports of a possible ammonia spill near Bayou Marine Products in southern Mobile County.

The business is located at 13790 Tram Avenue in Bayou La Batre.

A HazMat team with Mobile Fire-Rescue has been requested at the scene.
us_AL  public  release  response  ammonia 
29 days ago by dchas
DaVita Dialysis Center in Ave Maria evacuated due to hazard scar
AVE MARIA, Fla. - A hazardous material scare forced a hazmat team and North Collier firefighters to evacuate the DaVita Dialysis Center in Ave Maria early Friday morning.

Crews responded around 5:35 a.m. after a report of an odor inside the building. Officials said one person was taken to the hospital.

Immokalee Fire Control District Battalion Chief Josh Bauer initially reported that the odor was coming from acid that was leaking from a pipe inside the building. It was later determined that the odor was actually from a cleaner being used to wax the floors before the center opened for operation on Friday.
us_FL  public  release  injury  cleaners 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Chemical spill that led to building lockdown was sulphuric acid, says Johor Environment Dept
JOHOR BARU, March 21 — It was a spill of sulphuric acid that caused a lockdown at the Johor Department of Environment’s (DoE) building here, the authority confirmed today.

Johor DoE director Datuk Mohammad Ezanni Mat Salleh said the spilled chemical was concentrated sulphuric acid.

“Initial investigations revealed that the spilled chemical was only sulphuric acid and contained no other substances.

“The acid was in its pure form and considered highly hazardous if spilled.” said Mohammad Ezanni when contacted by Malay Mail tonight.

Concentrated sulphuric acid is extremely corrosive and can cause serious burns when not handled properly. This hazardous chemical is capable of corroding skin, paper, metals, and even stone in some cases.

If sulphuric acid makes direct contact with the eyes, it can cause permanent blindness. If ingested, this chemical may cause internal burns, irreversible organ damage, and possibly death.

Mohammad Ezanni said the 30-year-old DoE technician involved in the incident is reported to be in stable condition after being treated at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) here.

“He is recuperating after he lost consciousness in the laboratory, believed to be from the fumes,” he said, adding that the incident was a minor incident.
Malaysia  laboratory  release  injury  sulfuric_acid 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Firefighters respond to possible chlorine leak at Armed Forces Retirement Home
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport fire crews are currently at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Gulfport to investigate a reported chlorine leak. It was reported a little after 3 p.m.
Gulfport Fire Chief Michael Beyerstedt described the leak as a hazmat incident. He says the leak is in an outbuilding at the facility. Beyerstedt said workers noticed a strong chlorine odor. When they went to check on it. the smell was too strong for them to enter the building.
Firefighters are putting on their level one hazmat suits to go into the building.
“Hopefully, it’s a matter of shutting off a valve to stop the leak,” Beyerstedt said.
Residents watched everything from their balconies as the threat posed very little danger to them. A pair of firefighters were seen going into a fenced-in area where the chlorine tanks are. After the returned, they were scrubbed down.
us_MS  public  release  response  chlorine 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Crews working to clean up paint spill in South Salt Lake
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, March 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Crews are cleaning up after more than 200 gallons of white paint spilled from a truck in South Salt Lake Wednesday afternoon.

South Salt Lake Police public information officer Sgt. Gary Keller told Gephardt Daily the incident occurred just before 12:10 p.m. when a contract truck for the Utah Department of Transportation was heading westbound on 3300 South in the area of 300 West.

The truck is used to paint lines on the road and has a 250 gallon tub of paint on either side, one yellow and one white, both contained in wire frames, Keller said.

The load shifted, causing a spigot to rip out of the tub on the right hand side of the truck, which was carrying white paint.

The truck, which was traveling in the lane next to the curb, then spilled paint from 300 West to 900 West, Keller said.

South Salt Lake Fire Battalion Chief Shane Conrad told Gephardt Daily that tub lost approximately 225 gallons of paint. The paint is water based, he said, so crews are not dealing with a Hazmat situation.
us_UT  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
4 weeks ago by dchas
Manchester Twp. chemical spill prompts hazmat response
A chemical spill near Manchester Township's industrial park ended up in a stream that leads to the Codorus Creek, county officials said.
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The search ended when they found two large drums — each capable of holding between 275 and 300 gallons of liquid — on the property of Mistras Asset Protection Solution, he said. That business is located at 2 Interchange Place.

"We have no way to tell how much (liquid) was in them," he said, but guessed the drums were possibly half full.

Photographic solution: Santoemma said he was told the liquid is something called D-128 and is a photography developing solution that's not hazardous.
us_PA  public  release  response  other_chemical 
5 weeks ago by dchas
State Road 60 Closed for Propane Gas Leak
The tank was damaged when a food trailer overturned, Hillsborough firefighters said.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – State Road 60 was closed for about two hours Tuesday (March 19) while firefighters dealt with a propane gas leak, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

The propane leak began about 12:50 p.m. when a food van/trailer overturned on SR 60 just west of County Line Road. No one was seriously  injured, but the trailer contained a 100-gallon tank of propane gas that was damaged in the rollover.

Hillsborough Fire’s Hazardous Incidents Team eliminated the danger by burning off the gas using a flare. The tank valve was damaged so HAZMAT team members also gassed the canister using a water fog to suppress vapors.
us_FL  transportation  release  injury  propane 
5 weeks ago by dchas
3 sickened after strong odor reported at San Jose post office
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Three employees were inside the post office at Market and West Saint John Streets separating packages for about an hour when they began to feel nauseous. The three employees called 911 and reported smelling gas. Firefighters, PG&E and a hazmat crew rushed over.

Any reported gas leak is taken seriously, but because this is a post office and issues have happened in the past, this investigation was approached with extra caution. Firefighters didn't find anything.

"There's no obvious gas leak, there's no bust of gas mains or gas lines anywhere, it's just an odor so we're just trying to figure out whether the source is um if they had any recent work done um there doesn't appear to be any broken packages we've already checked all those," said San Jose Fire Captain Kevin Stidham.

The fire captain said once the employees got some fresh air their symptoms went away. He says the post office may have their own investigator come out later today.
us_CA  public  release  response  natural_gas 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Another illegal dumping site found in Pasir Gudang; 15 barrels of suspected chemical waste removed
PASIR GUDANG — At least 15 blue barrels believed to contain chemical waste were removed from the banks of Sungai Masai in Pasir Gudang on Monday (March 18) afternoon after a similar operation at Sungai Semilang earlier in the day.

Sungai Masai is the third illegal dumping site discovered since toxic fumes emitted by waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim hospitalised more than 3,000 people and forced the closure of 111 schools on March 7.

Police and the Fire and Rescue Department’s hazardous material unit (Hazmat) were at the latest site, and personnel from a private environment firm were seen removing the barrels from about 2pm.

A 300m stretch at Kilometre 17 of the Pasir Gudang-Johor Baru Highway towards the state capital were closed, resulting in a traffic congestion until 7pm as authorities loaded the barrels into a lorry.
Malaysia  public  release  response  illegal  waste 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Springfield MA Chemical Spill Hospitalizes Four People Firefighters
SPRINGFIELD - Four people were sent to the hospital early Friday as a precaution after they were exposed to a chemical spill at the U.S. Postal Service Network Distribution Center in Indian Orchard, a fire official said.

Dennis Leger, aide to Fire Commissioner Bernard J. Calvi, said firefighters were called to the facility on Fiberloid Street just before 12:30 a.m. for a reported chemical spill.



He said approximately one gallon of an industrial-cleaning chemical containing oxalis acid was spilled at the facility. Exposure to oxalis acid can cause respiratory problems, and as a result, the scene was considered a hazardous materials emergency.

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Haz-Mat Team was called to the scene to assist.

The four people who were closest to the spill and potentially exposed were all brought to the hospital to be evaluated, Leger said.
us_MA  industrial  release  injury  cleaners 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Meth Exposure Hospitalizes 3 Spencer, Mass. Police Officers
Three police officers were hospitalized and a hazmat team responded to the Spencer Police Department in Massachusetts after the officials came into contact with methamphetamine.
Two police officers pulled over a driver Thursday night and encountered a white powder substance in their car. The responding officers reported feeling light-headed and dizzy shortly after and were taken to a nearby hospital.
A third officer and the driver who was yielded were also hospitalized as a precaution. All have since been released from the hospital.
Authorities said a Level 1 hazmat was declared and crews responded to the officers' cruiser and station.
us_MA  public  release  injury  dust  clandestine_lab 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Nottingham College cordoned off after 'chemical spill' in science lab
Nottingham College was cordoned off and evacuated for a brief period on Thursday afternoon, after an accident in one of the labs.

Two students were checked over by paramedics as a precaution, after acetylsalicylic acid - also known as aspirin - spilt during an experiment.

Scores of students were told to leave the campus, at the bottom of Maid Marian Way in Nottingham city centre.

Three fire engines, a police car and an environmental investigation unit rushed to the scene, the campus was cordoned off and Maid Marian Way was closed to traffic.

A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters from London Road were called to reports of a chemical spill at a premises on Maid Marian Way, Nottingham shortly after 2.30pm today (14 March).
United_Kingdom  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
5 weeks ago by dchas
12 people treated as hazmat crews investigate leak at business in O'Fallon, Mo.
O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com)--- Hazmat crews are working to clean up a chemical spill that began early Wednesday morning near a business in O'Fallon, Mo.

Emergency crews were called to the 800 block of Hoff just after 8 a.m. for a reported organic peroxide leak. St. Charles County officials said the chemical started to produce a gas, causing a concern.



KMOV
More than 12 people were treated for possible respiratory issues at the scene but it is unknown where the leak started.

The leak was contained within 30 minutes and there is no current threat to the public at this time, officials say.
us_MO  industrial  release  injury  peroxide 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Hazmat Team Responds To Oily Sheen On Lake Merritt
An oily sheen on Lake Merritt was reported Wednesday evening to Oakland fire officials, a fire captain and dispatcher said.

Someone called the fire department at 6:44 p.m. to report the sheen on the lake near the corner of Harrison Street and Grand Avenue

"We see a sheen," fire Capt. Matthew Nichelini said.

A hazardous materials team responded and around 8 p.m. were placing a boom around the sheen to contain it.

Nichelini said it looked to be some sort of fuel, but firefighters hadn't confirmed that.

Nichelini did not know how much potential fuel was in the water. He said the amount was "very small."
us_CA  public  release  response  petroleum 
5 weeks ago by dchas
Decision to not remove Sg Kim Kim chemical waste proves costly
THE illegally dumped chemicals in Sg Kim Kim were not disposed of by the authorities as they were ruled no longer reactive, and the process would have been expensive.

That decision, however, has proven to be more costly.
Malaysia  public  release  response  unknown_chemical 
6 weeks ago by dchas
6 people released from hospital after toxic chemical incident – Summerland Review
It has been confirmed by Interior Health Authority that six patients that were injured due to an incident involving pool cleaning chemicals have been released from Kelowna General Hospital.

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West Kelowna’s Best Western hotel was evacuated Thursday and one person was sent to hospital following an incident with pool cleaning chemicals.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded to a reported chemical spill at the hotel, on Carrington Road, at around 4 p.m. and crews quickly secured the area, evacuated the hotel and requested the assistance of the Regional HAZMAT team from Kelowna.

“HAZMAT teams entered the pool maintenance area where they discovered a solution of acid and chlorine in a bucket that an employee had inadvertently mixed during routine pool maintenance,” said assistant chief Brent Watson.
Canada  public  release  injury  pool_chemicals 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Student Services Building evacuated
UPDATE 4:28 p.m. Student Services was evacuated because of an accidental discharge of pepper spray Tuesday afternoon, according to a post from Michigan State University Police.


Student Services has been evacuated as of Tuesday afternoon. Police and fire units are evaluating the situation.

MSU Police officers on location said a fire alarm had been pulled and the situation was being assessed. Firefighters were also on scene. Evacuated students and staff stood in groups around the building.

MSU Sexual Assault Program Director Tana Fedewa was among those evacuated from the building. Fedewa said she smelled what felt like a chemical substance on the way to the program's suite on the second floor.

"Immediately, it was a wall of — like, I couldn't breathe, it was in the back of my throat," Fedewa said. "I heard people say 'pull the fire alarm,' and I saw people ... covering their mouths and trying to get to the fire alarm."
us_MI  education  release  response  pepper_spray 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Route 30 in Greensburg reopens after chemical spill cleanup
Eastbound Route 30 reopened overnight near the East Pittsburgh Street ramps in Greensburg, after a driver apparently threw a jug of chemicals at another car in an apparent road-rage incident on Tuesday night.

The westbound lanes reopened around 11:45 p.m., according to Westmoreland 911 officials.

“The person threw a five-gallon jug of xylene out the window,” Hempfield No. 2 Fire Chief Tom Kline said.

Xylene is a chemical solvent, typically used as a paint thinner.


Hempfield firefighters doused westbound Route 30 with foam after a driver threw a 5-gallon jug of xylene onto the road Tuesday night, March 12, 2019.
 
us_PA  transportation  release  response  xylene 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Amesbury Truth chemical spill: 3 in hospital with serious injuries
Two people remain in intensive care at Strong Memorial Hospital on Monday after sustaining life-threatening injuries during a morning chemical spill inside a Jefferson Road building.

What happened?

The incident happened around 9:20 a.m. when demolition crews cutting into a concrete wall at Amesbury Truth, 1555 Jefferson Road, pierced pipes containing the chemical compound methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, said Henrietta Fire District Assistant Chief Mark Cholach.

Amesbury Truth makes window and door products, including weatherstripping made out of foam and other materials.

He said the demolition workers were clearing equipment inside the building to prep for a move when the spill happened. While chemical storage tanks had been cleaned out, there was apparently some "residual" MDI inside the pipes that "went to aerosolized form once it hit the air," Cholach said. It appears that they were not wearing protective gear at the time of the spill, he said.

"I don't believe they thought there was any chemical process or chemical product still in the system," said Cholach. 
us_NY  industrial  release  injury  other_chemical 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Hazmat incident forces evacuation, road closure in Lebanon County
LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. – Approximately 10 homes on School House Road in South Londonderry Township had to be evacuated because of a reported Hazmat incident.

Firefighters say they were called to the area after a child went to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Officials called to a Hazmat team and a sewer company to the area to check out the levels; officials deemed the levels concerning.

Emergency officials evacuated people in those homes as a result.

School House Road and Bradford Street were closed for around 3 hours due to the incident.
us_PA  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
6 weeks ago by dchas
30 hospitalised after sniffing chemical from river
JOHOR BAHRU: The number of victims, who were believed to have sniffed the chemical which was dumped into the KimKim River, have gone up to 30 people, to date.
State Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal said that, of the total, 21 victims had been taken to the Sultan Ismail Hospital, six to the Pasir Gudang Health Clinic and three more were treated at the Penawar Hospital.
He said that all were reported to be in stable conditions.
“Two victims at the Sultan Ismail Hospital are provided with breathing assistance (intubate) to prevent a worse situation as the breathing conduits can be blocked after breathing in the chemical,’’ he said.

He also said samples of the pollution at the river had already been taken by Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Unit (Hazmat), Fire and Rescue Department and the Department of Environment Thursday morning to be analysed.
Malaysia  public  release  injury  waste 
6 weeks ago by dchas
UPDATED: Person critically injured in reported industrial accident at MSPCA in Centerville
CENTERVILLE – A person was critically injured in what was termed an industrial accident at the Mass Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) on Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Centerville around 8 AM.
In a statement, the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) fire department reported that they “received a call for an unresponsive person at the above address. COMM FD Car 321, Car 323, Ambulance 324 arrived on location. Staff from the MSPCA were administering CPR to the patient. Advanced Life Support was initiated. Ambulance 326 and the Barnstable Police Department arrived on scene. The patient was transported to Cape Cod Hospital. Information on the chemical used in the system was gathered and speedi-dry was placed in the area to assist with clean-up.
The below agencies were notified and called to the scene to investigate the accident and the cause:
Barnstable County Sheriffs Department, Town of Barnstable Inspectors (gas, plumbing, health and building,) Department of Fire Services Boiler Inspection Division, and OSHA.”
Barnstable Police tell the Cape Cod Broadcasting Newscenter that an employee of a HVAC company was working on the system at the shelter when he was exposed to a chemical. The unidentified Dennis man called a fellow employee for help, who found the victim unresponsive a short time later. The man was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and was admitted to the ICU. No further information was available about his condition.
us_MA  public  release  injury  hvac_chemicals 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Crews respond to chlorine leak at WPAFB water plant 
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — People in two Wright-Patterson Air Force Base facilities were forced to shelter in place Wednesday due to a chemical leak. 

At 12:15 p.m., the Wright-Patt Fire Department responded to an alarm in building 855, a water treatment facility in Area A of the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said via email. There, first responders found a 150-pound cylinder of chlorine leaking and immediately cordoned off the surrounding area.

Exposure to high concentrations of chlorine can cause blurred vision, blisters, coughing, nausea and vomiting, among other symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 
us_OH  public  release  response  chlorine  water_treatment 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Air pollution frustration spills out at health board meeting
Clairton resident David Meckel carried his frustration in a glass jar to the Allegheny County Board of Health’s meeting Downtown on Wednesday.

There he pulled it out, along with a sooty cloth he uses to filter air coming into his bedroom window.

“We’re under chemical attack,” said Mr. Meckel, referring to high concentrations of sulfur dioxide, airborne particles and hazardous air pollutants emitted by U.S. Steel’s three Mon Valley facilities since a fire Dec. 24 destroyed desulfurization equipment at the Clairton Coke Works.

“Since January I’ve got a chronic ‘coke cough,’” he said. “It’ll gag you in 10 minutes if you stand outside. They need to shut the coke works down now. We’re suffering.”

Mr. Meckel’s frustration was shared by other other Mon Valley residents and environmental advocates, who called for the health department to take a tougher stance against U.S. Steel’s Clairton coking plant and its Irvin and Edgar Thomson steel mills, all of which are emitting coke oven gases at levels much higher than allowed by their permits.

Following a handful of sulfur dioxide exceedances after the fire, the health department issued an enforcement order Feb. 28, requiring drastic emissions reductions from the three facilities. But significant sulfur dioxide releases continue and the company has appealed the order, further delaying any eventual implementation.
us_PA  industrial  release  response  sulfur_dioxide 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Six Pasir Gudang students in hospital after suspected methane leak
JOHOR BARU, March 7 — A total of six students were hospitalised today after they were believed to have inhaled methane fumes from a chemical spill near the river of their school compound in Taman Pasir Putih, Pasir Gudang.

The teenage victims, five male and one female students, were from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Taman Pasir Putih and Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Pasir Putih.

According to the initial Johor Fire and Rescue Department report, one male student was reported to have fainted, while the remainder had bouts of vomiting.

The source of the methane fumes were believed to be from the nearby river where the two school’s were located.

Johor Fire and Rescue operations commander Lokman Hakim Sulaiman said the department received an emergency call at about 5am.

He said four teams, with a hazardous material (Hazmat) team, assisted by the Pasir Gudang fire station rushed to the location immediately after receiving the distress call.

“The cause was from gas believed to be chemicals that was emitted from the river near SMK and SK Taman Pasir Putih.
Malaysia  education  release  injury  methane 
6 weeks ago by dchas
Possible CO poisoning hospitalizes mother, 2 daughters
AIRMONT -
A possible carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Airmont left three people hospitalized.

Ramapo police say a mother and her two daughters were found unconscious inside a home on Bolger Lane.

They say they received a 911 call from the father after he returned to the house just before 11 a.m. and discovered his family.

Officials say the victims are a 54-year-old woman, a 16-year-old and 14-year-old. They were all rushed to Westchester Medical Center.

Officials say the noxious odor is believed to be carbon monoxide, but they are not sure from where it originated. It also remains unclear if the home had any carbon monoxide detectors.

There is no word on the condition of the three people found unconscious inside the home. Officials say they did rescue two dogs inside.
us_NY  public  release  injury  carbon_monoxide 
7 weeks ago by dchas
200 Gallons Of Fuel Spills Into Reservoir In Clark
CLARK, NJ — Up to 200 gallons of fuel spilled into the Middlesex Reservoir after a Clark gas station tank was overfilled on Saturday, Clark Fire Chief Frank J. Cerasa said.

At 2:58 p.m. on March 2, Clark firefighters were called out for a report of a gas leak and odor of gas on Kathryn Street near the reservoir. Firefighters found fuel leaking into the reservoir from the storm drain system, Cerasa said.

The leak was traced back to the Delta gas station on Westfield Avenue, which appeared to have had a tank overfilled. The spill entered the sewer system and started down the street eventually going into the reservoir, Cerasa said.
us_NJ  public  release  response  other_chemical 
7 weeks ago by dchas
UC Davis Medical Center’s Cancer Center Evacuated Due To Hazmat Incident – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento firefighters are assessing a hazmat incident at the UC Davis Medical Center at 45th and X Street.

The building has been evacuated after a 60-gallon container of liquid nitrogen leaked at the medical center’s cancer center, according to Sacramento Fire’s public information officer.

Officials declared this as a level 2 hazmat and are still on the scene determining the best method to dispose of the container.
us_CA  public  release  response  liquid_nitrogen 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Spill of “highly acidic” chemical forces overnight emergency clean up
ROCHESTER (FOX47) – An accident early Tuesday morning at a Northwest Rochester plant has emergency crews cleaning up a chemical spill.

Rochester Fire crews responded to the Kerry facility located at 2402 7th St. NW around 2:30 a.m. According to a Kerry employee on site, the spill involved a highly acidic chemical with a pH of one.  It’s reportedly a chemical they have on site.

The spill occurred outside the building in a courtyard, but was contained.  The FOX47 crew on scene reports no one was hurt, and that there is no danger to the public.

The incident is under investigation.
us_MN  industrial  release  response  acids 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Laramie Recreation Center evacuated after chlorine spill
The Laramie Community Recreation Center was evacuated Tuesday morning after a chemical spill.

Assistant City Manager Todd Feezer said chlorine was spilled after a staff member accidentally mixed a small amount of acid into the chlorine tanks during a chemical transfer, causing an “unfortunate combination of chemicals.” The evacuation was to allow for the spill to be cleaned and the chlorine fumes to dissipate.

“We’re very grateful that we didn’t have any dangerous exposure to staff or participants or residents of this community,” Feezer said.

Chlorine gas can be dangerous if inhaled. The Laramie Fire Department responded to the scene as both LFD and as a hazmat team through Wyoming Regional Emergency Response Team No. 3. The responders used air quality monitors to test the amount of the toxic chlorine gas still in the Recreation Center’s air.
us_WY  public  release  response  chlorine 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Busy road in downtown Duluth re-opened following shutdown due to gas leak
The Duluth Police Department has re-opened a road in the downtown area that was closed due to a gas leak Monday afternoon.

Officials blocked Ga. Highway 120, also known as Duluth Highway, between Claiborne Drive and Orchard Ridge Circle due to the leak. 

Officials said a 2-inch plastic line was hit and a “hot zone” was established.

"Our HAZMAT team responded and opened up nearby man-hole covers and monitored the storm drains and nearby structures," Gwinnett fire public information officer Donald Strother said.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Bernard Watson said the gas leak had an impact on afternoon transportation from B.B. Harris Elementary School.
us_GA  public  release  response  natural_gas 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Chemical spill on Shattuck Street prompts hazmat response from Boston Fire
BOSTON - Boston Fire has responded to reports of a chemical spill at 20 Shattuck Street in the city, according to a tweet from the department. The announcement came at 4:43 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

The spill is considered to be a small chemical solvent spill on the buildings 10th floor. Boston Fire did characterize the event as Level 2 Hazmat and evacuated the floor along with the 11th and ninth for precautionary reasons.

Currently, there are not any injuries or exposures, according to Boston Fire.
us_MA  public  release  response  solvent 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Chemical spill in Southeast Como
Minneapolis fire crews are still cleaning up more than 5,700 gallons of nitric acid that spilled from a Como neighborhood chemical plant Friday morning.

The fire department contained the spill, said Bryan Tyner, assistant chief of the Minneapolis Fire Department. Though the environmental implications and cause of the spill have yet to be determined by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Tyner said that “there is no life safety concern at this time.”

The Minneapolis Fire Department responded around 8:15 a.m. to the spill on the 3100 block of E. Hennepin Avenue. 

An estimated 600 to 700 gallons of nitric acid have entered the neighborhood’s storm drain system. The fire department said the acid "has been neutralized with soda ash and will be flushed out of the system to mitigate any environmental concerns." 
us_MN  industrial  release  response  nitric_acid 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Mauldin fire clears scene after odor came from nearby plant
MAULDIN, S.C. - Mauldin Fire Department was called to investigate an odor Thursday.

Mauldin fire and police were called to the intersection of N. Golden Strip Drive and Drury Lane around 12:30 p.m. after a caller reported an irritating odor that was burning their throat.

The fire department did preliminary air monitoring and found there was no hazardous material.

They also had Greenville Hazmat test and they too found no hazardous material.

They determined that the odor was coming from a nearby plant about 1/4 mile away.

VLS Recovery handled the situation. The fire chief says the plant processes non-hazardous waste.

No injuries were involved in the situation.
us_SC  industrial  release  response  waste 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Hazmat scare caused by mistaken delivery Birmingham Water Works says
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA) — The chemical reaction which sent at least 50 people to local hospitals was caused by a mistaken delivery of chemicals Birmingham Water Works officials said Thursday.

The two chemicals - Ferric Sulfate and Sodium Hypochlorite are used to treat water but are meant to be kept separate. Deliveries of the chemicals from contractors occur at different parts of the plant. On Wednesday they were delivered to the same location.

"It was an immediate reaction and that's why we were immediately able to contain it. We knew right off the bat once this had happened we would need to seek medication for those who were in close proximity," said Birmingham Water Works spokesman Rick Jackson.
us_AL  industrial  release  injury  water_treatment 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Hazmat situation reported after fumes fill Washington County home
One person was sent to the hospital due to a hazmat situation at a home in Canonsburg, Washington County, on Thursday evening.

According to Washington County emergency dispatchers, a large amount of a drain chemical was poured down a drain and apparently did not open the clog. The residence filled with chemical fumes from the drain cleaner.

The person's condition is unknown at this time.
us_PA  public  release  injury  cleaners 
7 weeks ago by dchas
‘Highly corrosive’ compound leaks at Dale County truck stop
DALE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - HazMat crews were sent to a Dale County truck stop to clean up a hazardous leak Thursday night.
According to Dale County Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt McDaniel, sodium hydroxide, a very corrosive compound used in things like textiles and soap detergents, leaked from an 18-wheeler described as a box trailer.
McDaniel said the box trailer was parked at Love’s Truck Stop on U.S. Highway 231 where a truck driver advised on the leak in the closed cargo trailer. McDaniel said three containers containing the compound were punctured.
Posey HazMat Clean Up out of Ashford was called in to clean up the scene.
us_AL  transportation  release  response  sodium_hydroxide 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Truck spills 20K pounds of toxic substance on Park City road
PARK CITY (ABC4 News) – Park City Fire District and HazMat crews worked to clean up a chemical spill Thursday.

Firefighters and hazmat technicians responded to Bitner Road to investigate a white substance that spilled from a truck. 

Crews eventually determined the substance was 20,000 pounds of quicklime which they say is both caustic and toxic.

Park City Fire District is working with the health department and clean-up companies to determine the best way to take care of the product.
us_UT  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
7 weeks ago by dchas
UPDATE: All clear given in Scott following glycolic acid leak
SCOTT, La. - UPDATE: The Glycolic Acid that was being transported by the tractor-trailer involved in an accident Wednesday morning in Scott has been successfully transferred into another tractor and trailer, according to Chief Chad Sonnier. 

Scott Fire Department, Lafayette Hazmat and LSP Hazmat Officials were able to prevent any environmental impact as a result of the leaking Glycolic Acid, Sonnier said, and the 800 Block of Heide Circle is re-opened. 

The driver was not injured, Sonnier said.

ORIGINAL: Scott Fire Department, Lafayette Hazmat and LSP Hazmat officials are on the scene  for an accident involving a tractor trailer leaking a chemical material. The accident happened in the 800 block of Heide Circle.
us_LA  transportation  release  response  other_chemical 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Cleanup efforts are underway after an oil spill in Tumwater
Cleanup efforts are underway after an oil spill in Tumwater. It's the latest round of trouble for the property owners of the old Olympia Brewing Company.

The city says the oil comes from a damaged transformer, caused by someone stealing copper wire. The responsibility for the cleanup is falling on property owners, Tumwater Developers LLC , because Washington state law requires whoever owns the oil to clean up any spills.

On Wednesday, cleanup crews in hazmat suits worked in Tumwater Falls Park, wiping oil from rocks and soaking up oil from puddles along the Deschutes River.
us_WA  public  release  response  oils 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Reports of hazmat spill at Omaha school
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Rescue crews are on-scene at Nathan Hale Middle school for a reported chemical spill.

We're live at the scene and will provide updates as they become available.

The Omaha Fire Department said the chemical leak was caused by spilled hydrochloric acid at the construction site on the school's campus. The leak happened underneath the swimming pool.

"Hydrochloric acid can be dangerous but it was in a location where no one was working," said Joe Salcedo, the department's assistant chief. "It was in a pit and in a containment that was meant to contain that so that's where we're at with that."
us_NE  education  release  response  hydrochloric_acid 
7 weeks ago by dchas
Dozens taken to hospital after chemical reaction at Water Works on Hwy 280
At least 50 people on Wednesday were taken to the hospital with respiratory issues after two chemicals were mixed and created a toxic gas at Birmingham Water Works filter plant on Hwy 280.

According to BWW spokesman Rick Jackson, “an accidental mix of sodium hypochlorite (which is essentially bleach) and ferric sulfate” caused the gas at the Shades Mountain Filter Plant.

BWW employees were able to contain the chemical accident that occurred early Wednesday.

In total, approximately 50 to 55 people were transported to area hospitals, but none sustained any life-threatening injuries, according to the BWW. Fourteen contractors working at the site and one Birmingham Water Works employee, were taken to area hospitals immediately after the accident, with additional people taken for precautionary evaluation.
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7 weeks ago by dchas
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