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us_ma: BC lab student has minor cuts, burns
(NECN: Boston, Mass.) - A reaction caused an explosion inside a Boston College lab shortly after 11:30 Saturday morning, according to the Boston Fire Department.

A student was working in a lab when there was a flash reaction to an experiment -- the chemical was non-toxic. 

The student was taken to Brigham and Women's hospital for treatment to minor burns and cuts.

india: Massive fire at chemical factory in Panki
KANPUR: A chemical factory was destroyed in fire that started possibly due to short circuit at site number IV of the industrial area in Panki on Saturday evening. 

A total of 15 fire fighting vehicles, including one from the Ordnance factory, were pressed into service to douse the fire but it took more than three hours to put out the flames. The gravity of the mishap can be gauged from the fact that a very large portion of the chemical factory, along with a portion of the godown adjacent to it, was gutted. The incident was reported to take place around 6.30 pm. 

Fire officer Shiv Prasad told TOI that the exact cause of fire was yet to be ascertained. However, he did not rule out the possibility of a short-circuit.

27 MAR 10
china: Blast-triggered fire kills at least 3 in E China
QINGDAO - An explosion triggered a fire in a chemical plant in an east China city, leaving three dead, one seriously injured, and another unaccounted for, local authorities said Friday.

The explosion occurred at 2:40 pm in Haiyi Specialty Chemicals Co Ltd in Qingdao, a coastal city in Shandong province, said an official of the Qingdao municipal government.

The fire was now under control but not yet out, the official said.

us_ca: Chemical Dump Costs Los Angeles Hotel $370,000
The corporate operator of the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has agreed to plead guilty to violating federal environmental laws in an incident where a hotel employee poured pool chemicals down a rooftop drain. The chemical dump led to a street closure and several people became ill when fumes filled a nearby subway station.
In a plea agreement filed Tuesday in United States District Court, HotelsAB Downtown Employees LLC, doing business as Standard Hotels, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of negligent discharge of pollutants.

In the plea agreement, HotelsAB agreed to pay a criminal fine of $200,000, the maximum penalty under federal law, and to make a $150,000 community service payment.

Investigators from the the FBI and the Los Angeles City Fire Department, Hazardous Materials Unit, found that on January 18, 2009 a maintenance employee at the Standard Hotel negligently disposed of chlorine and muriatic acid that were located near the hotel's rooftop pool.

us_ia: 15 reported injured from ammonia leak at turkey processing plant - WQAD
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa - The fire department in West Liberty says a total of 15 people were transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after an anhydrous ammonia leak at a meat processing plant there.

West Liberty Fire Department Assistant Chief Tom Christensen say the leak at West Liberty Foods was reported about 11:30 a.m. Friday and orginated with a tank on the plant's roof.

Christensen says the 15 were treated for anhydrous ammonia inhalation, although no one was directly exposed to the chemical. He describes their injuries as minor to moderate and says they are all expected to recover.

The leak led to an evacuation of West Liberty Foods, which processes mostly turkey.

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