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uk: Fire erupts at Jubilee High chemistry
FIRE engines raced to
Jubilee High School last week after an incident in one of the chemistry
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.
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
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
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
US_NV: Henderson man cleared of drug
charges stemming from fatal explosion =BB Evansville Courier &
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
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.
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
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.
broke out early on Tuesday at a plant owned by Russia's largest
petrochemicals holding, Sibur, and rapidly spread over 300 square
"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
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
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
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.