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07 MAY 10
Amy's Kitchen workers sent to ER following hazmat
WHITE CITY, Ore. - A hazmat
situation at the organic food manufacturer Amy's Kitchen in White City
is under investigation.
20 people were sent to the emergency room after a
plant-wide contamination Thursday night. All employees were evacuated,
but have since been let back into the plant.
employees' symptoms included difficulty breathing, tightness in the
chest and nausea. They were taken to three local hospitals including
Rogue Valley Medical Center, Providence Medford Medical Center and Three
First responders tell NewsWatch 12 they do not know
what was released, but say a hazmat crew was not called
us_id: HazMat Spill Closes Elmore County
HazMat Spill Closes Elmore
A hazmat scare forces the closure of a rural road in
A two mile stretch of Old Highway 30 is closed between
the Interstate and the Hammett city limits.
scene tell us it appears some sort of chemical trailed down about a half
mile of the road.
The Boise Fire Department hazmat team is helping
identify and clean-up the chemical.
us_fl: Mobile meth lab suspicion caused Collier HAZMAT
NAPLES: The sheriff's office
says suspicion of a mobile meth lab led them to call HAZMAT crews and
the bomb squad after a high-speed chase in Collier County Wednesday
Collier County deputies were trying to conduct a
traffic stop when they say the driver of the truck, 45-year-old Gerald
Smith, refused to pull over.
Deputies forcibly stopped the car and pulled Smith and
two other people out.
Then they say they found a duffel bag in the back of
the truck containing materials to make meth - that's when they cleared
the scene for HAZMAT and the bomb squad.
bag, deputies say they found flashlight stuffed with crystal meth (in
the battery compartment), a small scale, a plastic case with four
syringes, oxycodone, rolling papers and a pipe with marijuana
Smith was charged with driving on a suspended license,
fleeing and eluding, and outstanding warrants.
Calif. FFs Contain Hazmat Spill in Long Beach | Firehouse.com
A little after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, the LBFD was
dispatched to an overturned tanker truck at Paramount Blvd. and the
on-ramp to the Westbound 91 Freeway.
noticed the tanker-trailer was on its side and leaking a fair amount of
fuel. It was later estimated to have been leaking at a rate of about 25
gallons per minute. Additional resources were called to the scene,
including the hazmat task force and additional engine companies for
A total of 47 firefighters
responded to this incident; 38 from Long Beach and 9 from our Vernon and
Santa Fe Springs Fire Departments. They also provided hazmat
us_ct: Hazmat team responds in
Waterbury, Conn. (WTNH) - A
Hazmat team has been called to Waterbury after a Fed-Ex driver noticed
smoke coming from barrels inside his truck.
Fed-Ex driver was making a delivery at the Yankee Gas facility on Eagle
Street around noon on Thursday when he noticed the smoke and called for
The acidic peroxide solution was expanding and leaking
out of several of 12 55-gallon poly containers.
Waterbury Fire Department and DEP's Emergency Response Unit responded to
The 12 barrels contain chemicals described as
"potentially volatile" and include hydrogen peroxide and nitric acid.
Only six of the barrels were leaking.
Express hired an environmental contractor to make the containers
suitable for transportation to their final destination of The Hubbard
Hall Chemical Company, located a short distance away.
injuries were reported.
us_co: Highway closed due to Hazmat situation
PARK COUNTY - Authorities shut down a highway near
Hartsel on Thursday due to a rollover crash involving hazardous
The Park County Sheriff's Office says CO Highway 9 was
closed in both directions, south of Hartsel.
say a tractor trailer carrying Versatrol, a dry chemical used as an
additive when crews are drilling into mud, rolled over near milepost 33,
half way between Hartsel and Guffey.
According to deputies, the
chemical is not very toxic, but there was concern it could get into the
water at Four Mile Creek.
A Hazmat crew was on scene, along with the Colorado
State Patrol, and an ambulance in case anyone got sick from the
The driver of the truck did not suffer serious
injuries in the single-vehicle crash.
evacuations were put in place.
canada: Burnaby chemical lab dismantled by RCMP
The Burnaby RCMP raided an apartment in the on
Wednesday and discovered a potentially sophisticated synthetic chemical
One man was arrested at the scene but later
The lab was located in a bedroom and consisted of
numerous types of glassware, heating mantles and various
The clandestine laboratory response team and Health
Canada determined that the chemical lab had the ability and equipment to
produce illegal chemical drugs, but no evidence was located to support
illegal drug production.
However, police located evidence that the equipment
could support legal chemical drug production ..
"Even though no charges have been laid at this point,
it is important to emphasize the dangers of chemical labs in residential
buildings," said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Ted De Jager in a prepared release.
De Jager also warned that chemical laboratories contain solvents, strong
acids, corrosive base materials and volatile chemicals such as reagents
us_ca: Update: Solvent-type chemical caused small explosion at
UC Davis lab
Sacramento Fire Department
officials say a solvent-type chemical was responsible for a small
explosion Thursday afternoon at the UC Davis Medical Center's Oak Park
Doucette said the incident occurred in a lab on the second floor of the
two-story building at 2700 Stockton Blvd. He said employees heard an
explosion and found the door had blown open on a cabinet used to store
waste materials. About 40 people were evacuated as a precaution. No one
Doucette said the fire
department's Haz Mat firefighters entered the building and found that a
small amount of waste material that had been properly stored caused the
incident. The building was not damaged.
the explosion occurred in a fire-proof cabinet designed to contain
uk: Ten people are treated after Dorset chemical
Ten people have been treated
by paramedics after inhaling fumes from a chemical spill in
Police were called to
Montrose Close, Verwood, at about 1815 BST.
Dorset fire service said the incident involved an
organic solvent which was on a car, but it is not known how the chemical
came to be on the vehicle.
have isolated the substance and environmental health officials have been
called to the scene to dispose of the chemical.
us_tx: AGE was fined for not adopting safety
AGE Refining, the scene of
an explosion that released dense black smoke from its South Presa Street
plant Wednesday, was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration for 13 serious violations in spring
OSHA, which cited AGE for not instituting a number of
safety procedures, fined the refiner $25,750 for the
AGE improperly allowed vehicles to pass near
processing equipment, OSHA said, noting that "may increase the potential
for ignition of flammable vapors that can be released" at the
It isn't clear whether OSHA was including tanker
trucks in its citation, but AGE officials said Wednesday's blast at the
plant occurred when a tanker truck exploded as it was taking on fuel at
the loading rack.
The ignition source that led to the explosion at the
plant "could have been just about anything," said Bruce Bullock,
executive director of the Maguire Energy Institute at the Cox School of
Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
uk: Chemical blaze at factory
MORE than 30 firefighters were sent to a blaze at a
chemical factory in the Black Country.
crews from Birmingham and across the Black Country were called to
Harrold Street, in Tipton, at around 10am yesterday.
Midlands Fire service spokesman said eight firefighters wearing
breathing apparatus took on the blaze. They said "unknown substances"
had been mixed in a drum causing the "severe" blaze.
the fire had been put out by about 1.30pm, they added.
injuries were reported.
A hazardous substance unit was also sent to the scene
along with thermal imaging equipment.
06 MAY 10
HazMat team responds to SWIC after apparent suicide in parking
BELLEVILLE -- Emergency
personnel responded Wednesday night to an apparent suicide in the
parking lot of Southwestern Illinois College, and blocked off the area
because a potentially hazardous substance was found in the vehicle with
Police cleared the scene
about 10:45 p.m. after the St. Clair County Hazardous Materials
Operations Team collected and secured the unidentified toxic substance.
Police initially responded about 7:30 p.m.
Police found an unidentified substance in the vehicle,
and activated the team to determine whether any cleanup was necessary,
Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said.
us_ut: Fire chief: Boys mixed glue, gas - Salt Lake
Hazmat officials were called
to a Paradise Township home tonight after two boys were exposed to a mix
of glue and gasoline.
16, got glue on their hands while repairing the roof of a single-wide
trailer. When they attempted to clean themselves with gasoline, the glue
became toxic, officials said.
mixture somehow spread to other parts of their bodies, said East Berlin
Fire Company Capt. Kevin Brehm.
the stuff all over their face and arms and hair and toes," Brehm
As to how it spread, Brehm
said, "That's a mystery."
said the boys were taken to York Hospital, but he was unsure of their
05 MAY 10
Redstone Arsenal Explosion
spokesperson for Redstone Arsenal confirmed two people hurt Wednesday
morning in a chemical explosion at Test Area 10 have
The men were burned as they were working to get rid of
ammonium perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
Arsenal has not released the men's names at this time. The names of the
men, who were employed by AMTEC Corp. of Huntsville, will be released at
a later date.
The explosion happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. at
Building 7352, an Aviation Missile Research Development &
Engineering Center facility, more commonly known as AMRDEC. The building
is on Flicker Road.
The Arsenal says Amtec contractors were working to
'demilitarize' explosive materials, that is, recycle or get rid of them
in a safe manner. In this case, they were demilitarizing a tactical
missile. They were working to separate ammonia perchlorate from other
chemicals, and during the process, something exploded.
us_tx: Man found safe after explosion at Texas
SAN ANTONIO =97 Authorities
say a man believed to have been missing after a fuel-laden 18-wheeler
exploded at a Texas refinery has been found safe.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says the man is a
driver of one of three tanker trucks that were at an AGE Refining Inc.
fueling station when the Wednesday explosion happened. Hood says another
driver was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he's listed in
critical condition with severe burns.
The fire chief couldn't immediately say which man was
the driver of the truck that exploded.
The blast set off a series of smaller explosions and
sent a towering plume of thick black smoke over the city's southeast
Hood says several employees
also were treated at the scene and everyone has been accounted
us_nh: Hazmat workers clean up chemical
BRISTOL -- Rescue workers
donned self-contained suits and breathing apparatus to clean a chemical
yesterday that was so strong it ate out the floor of the tractor trailer
where it spilled, a fire official said yesterday.
spent hours cleaning up the 30-percent hydrochloric acid solution from
the parking lot at the Freudenberg plant at 450 Pleasant St., said fire
Capt. Maggie Fellows. They also roped off the lot.
from hydrochloric acid can burn the lungs and the skin of people, Fellow
She said the truck driver was using a two-wheeled cart
to remove the plastic drum of the chemical when he noticed a leak. He
moved the trailer away from the building and left the rear
The Bristol Fire Department called ffor help from the
Fellows said rescue workers
used chemicals to control and neutralize the spill.