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us_ca: Vandals spill corrosive acid onto Vallejo street
VALLEJO =97 A group of people intentionally spilled jugs of corrosive acid onto the street Sunday night, requiring an emergency cleanup by the Solano County Hazardous Material Response Team.
Witnesses to the incident, reported at about 7 p.m., saw several people pour out two one-gallon jugs onto Coughlan Street at the top of the hill, before driving away and leaving a third jug upright on the street, Vallejo Fire Capt. George Everett.
The third jug had started to leak acid by the time emergency responders reached the scene, Everett said.
"It started to eat up the asphalt," Everett said. "It's very corrosive. (But) there was minimal damage (to the road.)" The cleanup team was initially uncertain what type of hazardous material had been used, and remained on the scene until after midnight to neutralize the chemical, Everett said.
The chemical dumping incident, considered a criminal act, is under investigation by the Vallejo Police Department, Everett said.

us_ca: City worker sprayed with chemical, hospitalized
A Fresno city employee was hospitalized Monday afternoon after he was accidentally sprayed with a cleaning agent in east-central Fresno.
The unidentified employee was working about 1:30 p.m. along the side of a street near Helm and Hedges avenues when a city vehicle ran over a jug containing the cleaning agent, spraying the man, said Shandy Solis, Fresno Fire Department spokeswoman.
The man was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was expected to spend the night, Solis said.

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us: Local investigators learn to identify improvised bombs
YORK =97 Vaseline, powdered sugar and fertilizer may seem an unlikely mix, but each can be used as an ingredient in homemade bombs.

Potentially volatile chemical concoctions and explosives were the focus of three days of FBI training for local law enforcement and fire departments this week at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The course is part of an initiative called National Improvised Explosives Familiarization.

Williamsburg Fire Marshal Capt. James Humphrey, who was among those attending Thursday=92s training session, felt that the information was beneficial. And timely.

The timing couldn=92t be better for Humphrey as his office investigates last month=92s mysterious explosion at Parkway Apartments off Merrimac Trail.

Four people were hurt in the early morning blast, one critically. Both the FBI and ATF were called in to help, but no cause has been determined.

us_or: Chemical spill closes Cornelius Pass Road
PORTLAND, Ore. - Cornelius Pass Road remains closed from Highway 30 to Northwest Germantown Road after an acid spill Saturday morning. 

Portland Fire and Tualatin Valley Fire were called to the scene around 11:20 a.m., after a 100-gallon tank of N-phuric acid fell from a truck bed. 

N-phuric acid is non-toxic, reports a spokesperson for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Initial reports from clean-up crews are that no waterways have been threatened.

Crews have stabilized the spill, and are now working with Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality at the scene.

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