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Australia: Police find lab in raid

DETECTIVES have dismantled a suspected clandestine drug laboratory in Coffs Harbour.

They swooped on the Toormina Place apartment on Wednesday afternoon and seized unlawful apparatus consistent with the manufacture of drugs.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said it appeared the lab, which was set up on a table, had not yet been in operation.

Police are now testing the apparatus - which includes prohibited articles such as chemical condensers - as part of their ongoing investigation.

DHS wants to make your cell phone a 'smell' phone -- Federal Computer Week

The Homeland Security Department wants to equip your cell phone with a sensor that can detect the presence of deadly chemicals.

India: Fire, gas leak at unit claims engineer's life

ANKLESHWAR: A fire broke out at Bayer Crop Science plant at Ankleshwar on Thursday which led to leakage of marcaptane and phosphorus tri-chloride gases and death of plant incharge engineer Vaibhav Saxena, 27. The odour of the gases were felt by the people in the nearby areas. 

According to a release by the leading agro chemical manufacturing company, "The fire was brought under control within 25 minutes. There was minimal impact in the rest of the plant area and neighbourhood."

Philippines: 2 hurt in Pasig chemical blast

MANILA, Philippines - Two men were injured when an explosion occurred in a chemical factory in Pasig City Thursday, fire authorities said.

An explosion and ensuing fire was reported at 9:15 a.m. at the Chemphil compound along Elesco Road in Barangay (village) Kalawaan, said the city=92s Bureau of Fire.

Authorities identified the injured as Roberto Alonso and Rodrigo Mendoza, both employees of CAWC Corp., the compound=92s current occupant.

US_MS: Plant fire in Greenville
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The state fire marshal's office will join the investigation into a fire in a building at a herbicide plant in Greenville.

WABG-TV reports that the fire broke out about 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Platte Chemical Co. after what authorities say was a small explosion.

A nearby neighborhood was evacuated for a short time while Greenville firefighters put out the blaze. There were no reported injuries.

Platte Chemical produces insecticides, herbicides and fungicides for agriculture use.

Riverside Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy Schultz says the fire was put out in about 30 minutes.

Canada: Five Students Injured after Science Experiment Goes bad at Toronto School -
TORONTO - A science lab experiment gone wrong at a Toronto-area high school sent several students to hospital Wednesday afternoon, launching an investigation by the Ministry of Labour. 

Peel region police said emergency crews were called to St. Marcellinus Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga at about 2:30 p.m., after a minor chemical experiment exploded. 

Five students were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, said a Peel region ambulance official. 

The official did not know the nature of the injuries.

UK: Worker injured in Millennium Chemicals explosion is named as Paul Doyley.

THE Immingham father critically injured in an explosion at a chemical plant has been named.

Paul Doyley is receiving treatment at Pinderfields General Hospital, in Wakefield, a specialist burns hospital, following the incident at Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Stallingborough, in the early hours of Friday morning.

A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed Mr Doyley remained in a critical condition.

As reported, a pressurised container was thought to have ruptured, releasing Titanium Tetrachloride (TiCl4) liquid and fumes at about 12.10am.

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