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us_ca: 3 people splashed with unknown chemical in LA
3 people splashed with unknown chemical in LA

LOS ANGELES=97Authorities say three people have been hospitalized after they were splashed with an unknown chemical on a Los Angeles street.
A Los Angeles fire spokesman says two women and a man were walking in the Panorama City area in the San Fernando Valley Thursday night when the incident occurred.
All were being treated for burns at a hospital. Authorities say they are in stable condition.
Their identities have not been released.

us_ca: Campus plans to fight Cal/OSHA citations / UCLA Newsroom
Campus plans to fight Cal/OSHA citations
By Phil Hampton March 12, 2010
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) officials have notified UCLA that the agency is issuing additional citations regarding lab safety and levying $67,720 in additional fines.

Campus officials said they are troubled that Cal/OSHA appears to be jettisoning the conclusions of the agency's previous report on the same subject and ignoring the far-reaching steps that UCLA has taken since a tragic lab accident in December 2008. A staff research associate died in January 2009 from injuries sustained in the chemical fire.

"We believe many of Cal/OSHA's citations relate to previous compliance issues and do not reflect current operations and procedures, especially as they pertain to training," said Kevin Reed, UCLA vice chancellor for legal affairs. "We intend to vigorously fight these citations."

us_ms: Fire at Platte, no injuries
Fire at Platte, no injuries 

GREENVILLE Officials still don't know what caused Wednesday night's explosion at Platte Chemical Company that for a brief time sent flames shooting into the darkened sky. At one point, witnesses from two miles away reported seeing the fire.

"We're still investigating what happened," said Riverside Fire Chief Billy Schultz, who reported no injuries. "We'll be going back over there today and seeing what caused it. "

The Riverside Fire Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Department were called to the plant at 917 Platte Road just after 6 p.m. The Sheriff's Department, with the help of the Greenville Police Department, closed off Old Leland Road from Beauchamp Street to Seven Oaks Road. Also closed was Raceway Road from U.S. 82 to Old Leland Road.

Schultz said as a precaution, residents from a nearby trailer park and a few residental homes were evacuated.

us_ma: Confession linked TEP to Na injuries - The Tech
Confession linked TEP to Na injuries
Brother threw sodium in Charles

The sodium that exploded in 2007 and injured volunteers from a Charles River clean up crew was thrown into the river by Bhaskar Mookerji G, a Tau Epsilon Phi brother, according to public court documents.

Mookerji confessed that he threw the sodium into the Charles on or around Sept. 4, 2007. On Sept. 6, river clean-up volunteers were injured when they found the metal. Mookerji is a current Course VI graduate student and is a member of the Class of 2009.

Canada: Student in severe condition after science class blast
Teacher Shelley Barros was showing the afternoon chemistry class at St. Marcellinus Secondary School how different chemicals burn when a nearby Bunsen burner ignited the one-liner beaker of methanol in her hand, students said.

She dropped the flask onto the work table, scattering flames onto students in the front row.

Wednesday=92s classroom fire sent five Mississauga teenagers to hospital, one who remains in critical condition, and sparked a government investigation into how a routine science experiment went so horribly wrong.

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