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uk: Fire erupts at Jubilee High chemistry lab 
FIRE engines raced to Jubilee High School last week after an incident in one of the chemistry labs.
Firemen were called to the scene after an experiment during an afternoon lesson caused an unprecedented amount of smoke in one of the classrooms.
The school was evacuated and fire engines were called as a precaution.
A spokeswoman from Surrey County Council said: =93A chemical reaction took place during an experiment in the chemistry lab at Jubilee High School yesterday which caused a lot of smoke.
"As a precaution the caretaker called the fire brigade, but the incident was dealt with before they arrived. There were no casualties and no damage was done."

US_OH: OSHA seeks $3M in penalties for local BP-Husky refinery
The BP-Husky Refining LLC refinery in suburban Toledo was slapped with $3 million in proposed penalties yesterday after federal inspectors found problems similar to those that contributed to a deadly explosion at a refinery in Texas in 2005.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, cited the refinery for 42 willful violations and 20 serious violations of federal safety laws. Willful violations are the workplace safety agency=92s most serious category of offense.

=93OSHA has found that BP often ignored or severely delayed fixing known hazards in its refineries,=94 Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a written statement. =93There is no excuse for taking chances with people=92s lives. BP must fix the hazards now.=94

US_NV: Henderson man cleared of drug charges stemming from fatal explosion =BB Evansville Courier & Press
A Henderson County man was found not guilty on drug charges which stemmed from a September explosion that killed another man.

A jury found Joey Vaught, 50, 4800 section of Posey Chapel Road, not guilty on Friday in Henderson Circuit Court of manufacturing and/or complicity to manufacture meth, and possession of and/or complicity to have possession of anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container with the intent to manufacture meth.

The charges stemmed from an incident in late September in which Vaught, 53-year-old Patrick Beckett, and Lindsey Franklin, age unavailable, of Evansville, were accused of stealing anhydrous ammonia and transporting it in a vehicle driven by Franklin.

The chemical exploded and Beckett died of injuries he suffered in the explosion, authorities said.

Franklin was treated at the Louisville Burn Center at the University of Louisville Hospital and later released.

Russia: Firefighters prevent blast during Urals chemical plant fire
Firefighters who are still trying to contain a fire at a chemical plant in the Urals city of Perm prevented an explosion on Tuesday, an emergencies service spokesman said.

A fire broke out early on Tuesday at a plant owned by Russia's largest petrochemicals holding, Sibur, and rapidly spread over 300 square meters.

"There are 30 fire engines and 108 firefighters currently working at the scene. No casualties have been reported," Valery Tiunov told RIA Novosti.

The company's spokeswoman confirmed the reports.

"Firemen are still struggling to bring the blaze under control. The cause is yet unknown. An official comment will be issued later in the day," she said.

us_nc: Homes, businesses evacuated after chemical spill
A tanker carrying hazardous chemicals jack-knifed on N.C. 150 just before 8 this morning, forcing the evacuation of homes and businesses near Reedy Creek.

N.C. 150 is closed between Friendship Church Road and Hampton Road. The accident happened near Kurz Transfer Products, a company that makes metallic foils.

Drivers are urged to avoid this area if possible. A detour has been set-up from Byerly Road to Old Mill Farm Road to Hampton Road back to Highway 150. The road will likely be closed for 8 to 12 hours, said Doug Lowe, the emergency-services director for Davidson County.

Lowe said that the truck was hauling ethanol ethylacetate, toluene and methyl ethyl ketone -- all flammable solvents. Toluene is the most worrisome, Lowe said, because it is so highly flammable.

Hazardous-materials crews from as far away as Greensboro are trying to contain the spill, and they are putting foam on it to neutralize the chemicals and prevent a fire.

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