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us_mi: Chemical odor prompts precautionary evacuation of Norton Shores manufacturer
NORTON SHORES =97 An unpleasant odor coming from a chemical shipment stored inside a Norton Shores manufacturing building prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses early Wednesday.

Norton Shores Deputy Fire Chief Robert Gagnon said fire officials and the Muskegon County Hazardous Material Response Team were called to the scene around 9 a.m. after the building owners reported a sulfur-like smell coming from an 8,000 pound shipment of calcium silicon barium.

=93The owners of the building smelled a strong odor in the building from containers they unloaded. The company officials talked to the supplier and found out the stuff was not a hazard and they moved the chemical out of the building as a precaution,=94 Gagnon said. =93There was no spill. It was just an odor emitting from the product that caused the concern.=94

us_mn: Chemical leak closed industrial park in Elk River
A minor chemical leak caused Industrial Circle in Elk River to close at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 and reopen the following morning at 5:30.

Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham said the original chemical leak call came in to the department at approximately 3:30 p.m. from a delivery person, who noticed the odor of a leak while dropping off a cylinder at Gradient Technology located at 11080 Industrial Circle.

The shipping company that called in the leak had delivered a shipment of eight cylinders to the business, he said. At the time it was unknown how many cylinders were leaking, however it was determined seven of those, which were each filled with six different chemicals, were leaking.

A metro regional chemical assistance team was called in to meter the area, Cunningham said, and the leaks were determined to not be dangerous to the general public.

07 APR 10
us_nh: N.H. meth lab explodes during raid
A man arrested after a raid and explosion at a meth lab was wearing rubber gloves and carrying a laundry basket of chemicals when officers entered the building Tuesday

The man, identified as Jeremy Clough, 31, lived at the apartment building and was arrested on drug production and sales charges, as was his live-in girlfriend, 33-year-old Rebecca Fields, Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said.

The fire errupted after police requested a lockdown at nearby Franklin High School and entered the apartment building around 10 a.m. About 20 people were evacuated from an apartment building next door as a precaution.

When police walked in, Clough "was just starting to cook," Cormier said. One meth lab was burned, but another found in a storage room behind the apartment was not damaged, he said.

The cause of the combustion wasn't immediately clear, Cormier said, but the chemicals used to "cook" methamphetamine are volatile if jostled or certain combinations come together.

us_tx: Chemical Cleaners Combust in East Austin

A cautionary tale as Central Texas warms up and pools open: on Friday, April 2nd, the Austin Fire Department's HAZMAT team was sent out to an East Austin neighborhood. A garbage collection truck had noticed smoke emanating from a trash heap and called it in. Upon investigating the cause, it seems the unit arrived just in time to avert a potential chemical fire from breaking out.

Lt. Randy Elmore, with AFD's HAZMAT Unit, told KVUE News, "What we found was two gallons of muriatic acid and one gallon of sulfuric acid." Both are commonly used chemicals in cleaning pools. When disposed of improperly and/or allowed to mix, the resulting reaction -- depending on proximity and time of day -- can cause serious personal harm and property damage.

Pool cleaning chemicals (and other hazardous waste items) should be disposed of at Austin's Hazardous Waste facility, open every Tuesday and Wednesday from noon till 6 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 7 a.m. till noon.

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