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Mo. FFs Respond to Hazmat Incident
When a yellowish-white cloud of vapor erupted from a ruptured barrel
Tuesday afternoon, firefighters evacuated everyone living near the
Maysville water plant.
included about 50 people who live on the south side of town next to
Missouri Highway 33, said Ivan Klippenstein, the Central DeKalb County
Fire Protection District chief.
worked like it's supposed to," said Roarke Holzschuh, the Department of
Natural Resources' on-scene coordinator for hazardous chemical
Firemen and public works
employees noticed the yellowish liquid was reacting with water on the
ground from recent rains, Mr. Holzschuh said. They chose evacuation and
decided not to put water or any chemicals on the spill.
"That was the right response," said Bill Brinton,
Northwest Missouri Region H Haz-Mat Response Team
The incident started when
two public works employees were moving some old barrels from behind a
building, located across the parking lot from the water
us_tx: Chemical odor prompts school
School District officials
said classes should resume to normal operations today at Harris Middle
School, where more than 100 students were evacuated Tuesday when staff
reported smelling chlorine.
school's fine arts department, gymnasium and cafeteria had to be
evacuated about 11 a.m. when four adults and two students became ill
after inhaling the chemical's fumes, said district spokeswoman Deb
Caldwell. They were treated at the school in the 5300 block of Knoll
Creek Drive and didn't require hospitalization.
p.m., officials sealed the entrances to the affected areas and
ventilated the building.
The San Antonio Fire Department hazardous materials
unit tested the air quality inside the school and determined it to be
The smell originated from a faulty chemical pump
containing bleach, which is used in the school's air conditioning
system, Caldwell said. About 1,300 students remained in unaffected
classrooms for the rest of Tuesday, she said.
us_tx: SMU student slightly hurt in small lab
DALLAS =97 A student was
treated for minor injuries Tuesday after she was exposed to a small
chemical fire in a laboratory on the Southern Methodist University
The student was disposing of
the chemical about 3:15 p.m. when it ignited and caused minor burns to
her leg, a university spokesman said.
The student was taken to the university clinic where
she was treated for a minor injury, the official said.
About 75 people who were in the Fondren Science
Building were evacuated as a precaution.
The Dallas Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the
fire on the second floor of the building and sounded the all clear about
4:45 p.m. allowing people to return.
official described the fire as being about as big as a small
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us_tx: Two injured in
chemical explosion at Texas A&M lab
COLLEGE STATION, TX (KTRK) -- Two people were injured
in a chemical explosion at a lab at Texas A&M
According to an A&M spokesperson, two graduate
students, a man and woman, were working on an experiment in the
chemistry lab annex in the heart of the campus when a vessel they were
working with over-pressurized and exploded.
"They were working with some sort of experiment in a
small beaker and it over pressurized and the beaker exploded, and
resulted in the minor injuries for them," said Texas A&M
spokesperson Lane Stephenson.
The male student walked into the ambulance and the
female student was taken on a stretcher. Both students were taken to a
local hospital for treatment. Their injuries were described as
us_id: Diesel fuel spilled in log truck
LEWISTON - A Moscow log
truck driver escaped injury when he wrecked his truck Monday morning on
Southwick Grade near Kendrick.
to Idaho State Police, 49-year-old Phillip Fleener was headed west on
the grade around 7:30 a.m. when he lost air pressure on his brakes. He
used an access road as a runaway truck ramp, stopping the vehicle in the
gallons of diesel fuel was spilled, classifying the incident as a
regulatory hazmat spill. No waterways were affected.
was cited for unsafe equipment.
wv: SFK Comments on Chemical Fire at Fairmont
FAIRMONT -- The
investigation into a chemical fire in a Fairmont plant
Authorities evacuated homes
around the SFK Pulp Mill in Fairmont Saturday night, due to hydrogen
sulfide leaking from the plant.
A small fire in a chemical
storage room broke out around 8:00 Saturday, said SFK
The storage room is specifically designed with
safeguards to control the effects of a chemical release, including
sealing off the room and starting the sprinkler system, officials
explained in a written statement issued Sunday.
safeguards worked as they should, and the fire was quickly brought under
control with no injuries to mill personnel, officials
The chemical stored in the room is formamidinesulfinic
acid, and is used by SFK as a reducing agent in our paper and pulp
industry, and is also routinely used in other industries like leather,
photographic and textile processing, according to the