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australia: Workers collapse after being overcome by fumes
Two workers collapsed when they were exposed to a potentially deadly gas at a water treatment factory in Melbourne's west last night.

One of the workers remains in hospital this morning after the incident at Omega Chemicals in Laverton North about 11.30pm.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman Trevor Woodward said a 45-year-old worker had attempted to neutralise waste product with hydrochloric acid, which gave off a chlorine gas.

us_nh: Hot tip from Tilton puts Franklin meth lab out of business
FRANKLIN/TILTON =97 An April 6 raid on a methamphetamine lab in Franklin - the result of a tip from the Tilton Police Department - ended in an explosive fire that displaced all the building's residents.

The raid and resulting explosion brought officers from Franklin and Tilton, the Merrimack County Sheriff's department, the New Hampshire Drug Enforcement Agency, the State Fire Marshall's office and the N.H. State Police Bomb Squad to the scene at the corner of Central and West Bow streets.

Chief Robert Cormier of Tilton credited the detectives from his department for working with confidential informants, resulting in the latest tip that he passed on to the Franklin Police.

us_ma: Level 3 Hazmat situation at Boston College
Update 6:20 AM: Boston College is reporting that it was a minor leak in the Conte Forum of possible ammonia.

This triggered a Hazmat response from the Boston Fire.

The situation is now under control.

No one was in the building and no injuries are being reported.

(NECN) - The Boston Fire Department is on the scene of a Level 3 Hazmat situation at Boston College.

That's the highest level of response in a Hazmat case. 
Fire officials tell us there is a confirmed ammonia leak at Conte Forum.

That's where Boston College plays hockey.

australia: Newcastle Harbourpark workers evacuated twice in one day

CHEMICAL fumes flooded Newcastle's Harbourpark building twice yesterday, prompting two major emergency operations.
Sixteen people were taken to hospital and another 280 evacuated about 9.30am following reports an "unexplained odour" had flooded the Argyle Street building's upper levels.

At 3.30pm, less than two hours after the building was deemed safe for workers to return, staff were evacuated a second time after reporting a "different chemical odour" had drifted through the offices.

Another 12 people were taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment, complaining of respiratory irritation and nausea.

The dual evacuation took the total number of major emergency operations at the site over the past five years to four.

Hazmat investigations revealed the first release of chemical fumes yesterday was caused from a water purification chemical, which was used in the building's air-conditioning system.

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