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canada: Possible leak of hazardous chemical causes emergency warning at U of A
Worries of a potentially dangerous chemical leaking at the University of Alberta caused officials to issue its emergency broadcast system as a warning. The system sent out text messages, e-mails, and phone calls to warn of a potential danger on campus.

Fire crews were called to the university Tuesday morning on a report of an unconscious person at a residence in HUB Mall. The caller also reported to emergency officials of a possible chemical on scene.

"It was the first time I received this message. I was a bit confused about whether I should trust it or not. Then it kept coming four times and I realized something must be going on," said student Nazlee Sharmain.

Firefighters determined there was no danger to the public. A deceased person was discovered by crews, but the individual's cause of death is not being released.

us_il: Hazmat team determines substance was harmless
CARY - An emergency hazardous materials team was called to investigate suspicious material found in a mailbox in front of a Cary home Monday.

The substance in the mailbox was determined to be a harmless chemical from a fire extinguisher.

A Cary resident found the material in her mailbox at 55 Asbury Lane Monday afternoon. A Woodstock Fire Department hazardous materials team was asked to respond about 2:30 p.m., Cary Fire Department Lt. Tony Farina said.

The block near the home at 55 Asbury Lane briefly was closed to traffic as emergency crews investigated.

us_in: 1 Dead In Chemical Exposure Incident At IU Dorm
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- An Indiana University spokesman says one person is dead following a chemical exposure incident at a dormitory on the Bloomington campus.

IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre says the person who was found dead in a dorm room Tuesday afternoon at Willkie Residence Center is believed to be a student.

He says the residence hall has been evacuated and the coroner is on the scene, along with police and fire crews.

MacIntyre says it's unclear how the person in the dorm room died and he doesn't know what chemical was present in the dorm.

Monroe County Sheriff Major Mike Pershing told WTHR-TV that he's confirmed with IU officials that police are investigating a student suicide. Pershing says that campus police told him they found a suicide note.

us: Deaths Draw Attention to Dangers of Oil Tanks
CARNES, Miss. =97 When an oil tank exploded on a neighboring property early on the morning of Halloween last year, Phillip White immediately raced through his house, checking on his family=92s safety. But he could not find his 18-year-old son, Wade.

Investigators could not officially identify the cause of the explosion, but a cigarette lighter was found at the site. Local teenagers told the police that the unfenced, unguarded property and other oil tank sites were popular hangouts for partying, shooting deer, riding four-wheelers and smoking cigarettes.

In the months since the explosion, this tiny, oil-producing town in southern Mississippi has turned its attention to raising public awareness and lobbying for stricter safety regulations at oil tank sites. In the past 27 years, 42 teenagers and young adults have died in oil tank explosions across the country, mostly in rural areas in the South and the West, according to the United States Chemical Safety Board, a federal agency.

china: Deadly chemical blast triggers urgent factory inspections
The Changping district government ordered a thorough inspection on all companies and factories producing hazardous articles Tuesday after a chemical explosion killed one person and injured at least 11 Sunday evening.

A deadly blast occurred at the Duocai Printing Co., Ltd in Beiqijia township at around 6 pm Sunday. Preliminary investigations showed that the explosion was caused by a chemical spill, which caused a wall to collapse that killed a female worker and started a fire covering 1,000 square meters. Xinhua reported 11 people were injured, while some other media said that 17 were wounded.

Some workers said the female worker surnamed Liang, was from Hebei Province. One of the injured was seriously burnt and was treated in the ICU.

Police said the explosion was caused by human error, but till now, no one in the plant has commented. The company has been forced to close for an overhaul and its legal representative has been called in for questioning.

us_or: Bomb squad destroys explosive acid at George Fox
NEWBERG, Ore. -- Classes were canceled until 5 p.m. Tuesday at George Fox University after a lab official found a vial of picric acid that had dried out and posed an explosive hazard to students and faculty, according to school officials.
The picric acid was discovered in an Edward-Holman Science Center lab around 9 a.m., according to information from the Newberg Police Department and from a statement posted Tuesday morning on the George Fox University website.

When in its liquid form, picric acid is harmless, according to school officials, but the acid had been allowed to dry and hardened to a solidified state.

Police and fire departments responded; a bomb squad recovered the vial and detonated it just after noon.
Police said other vials were also located in the building and bomb technicians would be destroying those as well.

13 APR 10
us_la: Neighbors file class-action lawsuits following explosion
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Two class-action petitions have been filed after the massive explosion in Denham Springs. 

The plaintiffs say the fire cut into their quality of life. Lawyers say some of the people living down Eden Church Road, close to Coco Resources Warehouse, have some valid claims, ranging from physical side effects to being out of a home.

The explosions happened March 30. One of the petitions was filed on the 31. It says one woman is suffering after inhaling fumes from the fire. It also says another woman was forced to leave her home for several days. It turns out, if lawyers can show the company was negligent, these suits have grounds.

nz: Chemical building ablaze in Raglan
Chemical building ablaze in Raglan

TUE, 13 APR 2010 7:40A.M.
A building containing hazardous chemicals is ablaze in the Waikato town of Raglan this morning.

Emergency services including a hazardous materials unit are at the scene and more fire trucks are on the way from Hamilton and Ngaruawahia.

The warehouse contains a fibre glass yacht and a number of chemicals.

No one is injured and the building is not threatening any residential houses.

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