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MOBILE METH LAB BUSTED NEAR BARTLETT | MYFOX MEMPHIS | FOX 13 NEWS, bile-meth-lab-busted-near-bartlett

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis Police busted a mobile meth lab near the Bartlett area Thursday morning, sending two people to jail.

Around 9:45am, an employee for a business on the 5600-block of Pleasant View Rd near Summer and Sycamore View noticed a suspicious van in the parking lot and notified police. When officers arrived, they found meth-making materials and two people asleep inside the van. HAZMAT was called to the scene to detox the suspects and safely secure the drug-making materials.


NEWS - EDUCATION: FIRE BREAKS OUT AT UCT CHEMICAL LAB, ?set_id=1&amp;click_id=105&amp;art_id=nw20100902072635688C25 1645

Cape Town - A chemical laboratory at the University of the Cape Town was damaged when a fire broke out on Thursday morning, SABC radio news reported.

Nobody was injured during the blaze at the department of chemical engineering.

Fire and rescue services senior emergency communicator Winston Davids said three fire engines and a specialised vehicle which handles hazardous materials, were sent to deal with the chemicals inside the building.

He said it took more than two hours to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire was being investigated. - Sapa


SEVEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER PESTICIDE FOUND ON DONATIONS, http://www.ktnv .com/Global/story.asp?S=13085295

North Las Vegas, NV - North Las Vegas Fire and Rescue was called to Deseret Industries Thrift Store near Craig Road and Allen in North Las Vegas just after three, Wednesday.

Employees at the store were emptying a bag of clothes when they say their nose and throat began to burn.  It was also difficult to breathe. The employees immediately brought the bag outside to the back of the store. 

Thirty people were evacuated from the business.

Seven people have been transported to three Valley hospitals. At least three others were being treated at the scene.

Within a few hours it was discovered a pesticide was found on a pair of pants inside a plastic bag brought in with donations.

"Obviously its used to kill things so in big enough quantities we could possibly have issuers with it," North Las Vegas Fire Captain, Cedric Williams, says.



Crews were called to the Aycliffe Industrial Business Park on Tuesday evening after reports of a 45-gallon drum rupturing inside a lorry.

Crews from Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe managed to seal off the leak and the men were taken to hospital as a precaution.

The drum, containing a paint chemical, ruptured when the lorry braked heavily.

David Turnbull, operations manager for the Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said the lorry braked suddenly to avoid an accident.

He said: "We dealt with this as we would any other 999 call - crews arrived and made sure the spill wasn't going any further.

"It was confined to the industrial site - we have isolated the leak and sealed it and the drums will be taken away this morning."


HAZMAT CALLED TO CLEAN UP CHEMICAL SPILL ON 28TH STREET SE IN GRAND RAPIDS | MLIVE.COM, sf/2010/08/hazmat_called_to_clean_up_chem.html

GRAND RAPIDS -- Grand Rapids firefighters and hazardous materials units responded to a chemical spill along 28th Street SE early this morning.
Crews were called to a building at 100 28th St SE that houses Model Coverall Service Inc. after a mixture of ammonia and other chemicals spilled and combined.
No injuries were reported in the accident, which happen about 5:30 a.m.
Traffic on 28th Street backed up as drivers slowed to see what was going on. A strong smell of ammonia filled the air as crews worked inside the building.



FIRE-FIGHTERS were scrambled last night after a chemical spill at a North-East industrial estate.

Crews from Darlington, Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland were called to Aycliffe Business Park, in Redworth Way, County Durham, at 6.25pm after a leak of de-atomised kerosene from a 220-litre drum.

Crews made the incident safe and left the scene at 8.51pm. Two men were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital as a precaution.


TEEN CHEMICAL BOMB EXPLOSION: TEEN ACCUSED OF SETTING OFF CHEMICAL BOMB - ORLANDOSENTINEL.COM, http://www.orlandosentinel. com/news/local/breakingnews/os-teen-chemical-bomb-explosion-20100831,0,309 9703.story

An 18-year-old Flagler County student was arrested Monday after authorities say he set off a chemical bomb at his bus stop in Palm Coast.

Giuseppe Verdone, Jr. was charged with two felonies: possession or discharge of a destructive device at a bus stop and discharging a destructive device, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said.

Witnesses said Verdone, a student at Pathways Academy, put a mixture of household cleaner and an unidentified household item into a bottle and placed it in the grass at the Bird of Paradise and Biscayne Drive bus top.


WEB-BASED SYSTEM TRACKS METH CHEMICAL PURCHASES | COURIER-JOURNAL.COM | THE COURIER-JOURNAL, http://www.courier-journal .com/article/20100831/NEWS02/308310052/Web-based+system+tracks+meth+chemic al+purchases

Indiana State Police have a new weapon in the fight against methamphetamine: an Internet-based system to track repeat buyers of the drug=92s key ingredient and help locate groups who appear to be working together.

=93It=92s an efficiency tool for law enforcement,=94 1st Sgt. Niki Crawford, commander of the state police meth-suppression section, said Tuesday during a visit to the Sellersburg Post to introduce the new system and train some 40 state and local officers in its use.

The department=92s meth-lab response van for the region also was on display=97one of 13 $75,000-to-$100,000 trucks and vans around the state equipped with breathing equipment, gear to test whether air in suspected meth labs is safe, test the chemicals found in them and clean up the operations.

A meth lab =93is a hazmat scene and a crime scene,=94 said Sgt. Paul Andry, who is responsible for the state police response to meth labs in the southern half of Indiana.

In addition to the risk of fire and explosion, Andry said, chemicals used in meth labs can endanger nearby water supplies, since several of the ingredients are carcinogens.



Arlington firefighters and the hazardous materials team responded to the Lyon Village Shopping Center around 12:20 this afternoon for a strong chemical odor. Several people in the Starbucks reported feeling ill as a result of the odor.

Firefighters went up to the roof and came down with a bucket of epoxy that was being used for some sort of roofing work.

A building inspector and a health inspector are on their way to the shopping center to evaluate the situation.


HAMPTON BAYS NEWS - HAZMAT TEAM CONDUCTS DRILL AT HAMPTON BAYS ELEMENTARY AFTER MINOR INCIDENT - 27EAST, ry_detail.cfm?id=298523&amp;town=Hampton%20Bays&amp;n=Hazmat %20team%20conducts%20drill%20at%20Hampton%20Bays%20Elementary%20after%20mi nor%20incident

The Hampton Bays Fire Department=92s hazardous materials team ran a drill at Hampton Bays Elementary School last Thursday, August 26, after responding to a minor incident there, according to John Rankin, a fire marshal who was at the scene.

Hampton Bays Superintendent Lars Clemensen said the school district called in the hazmat team after a janitor dropped an old corroded fire extinguisher in the school=92s basement at around 9 a.m. and it discharged soda ash. The fire marshal=92s office responded to the call and decided to use the time to complete a routine drill at the school since members of the fire department=92s team were already on site, Mr. Rankin said.

Soda ash, or sodium carbonate, is a non-toxic chemical often used in the shipping of hazardous chemicals and is commonly used as a neutralizer in pools, Mr. Rankin said. The janitor, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital as a precaution but was not injured, according to town fire officials.


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A preliminary investigation has confirmed a chemical explosion on Old Orchard Road in Springettsbury Township was due to chlorine chemicals for an outdoor pool, officials said.
York Area United Fire and Rescue Chief Robert McCoy Jr., said neighbors reported an irritant in the air around 7:55 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived at the scene, they evacuated six people and asked them to move to the Springettsbury Fire Co. at 3013 E. Market St.
The scene was cleared after 10:30 p.m. and those people were permitted back to their homes, McCoy said.
"Hazmat did some testing," he said. "We can't confirm it completely, but they did find it was a chlorine issue for a backyard swimming pool."



ALIQUIPPA, Pa. -- Hazardous-materials crews and firefighters are mopping up at the scene of a scrap yard fire that remains under investigation in Aliquippa.
Aliquippa police said flames were shooting 30 to 40 feet in the air after the fire at Aliquippa Recycling was reported at about 2 a.m. Monday along Woodlawn Road.
Firefighters said the scrap yard was filled with old cars, causing concern that gasoline could still be in some of the tanks.



MILLVILLE =97 The Millville Fire Department and a Cumberland County Hazmat team responded to a call of a small chlorine leak near the airport Monday morning.

The 150 pound canister has been secured, though, and is under lock and key while the city awaits its vendor to retrieve the canister later this afternoon, according to Millville Fire Department Captain Mike Lippincott.


It was unknown what caused the leak, which the city alerted the fire department to when it arrived on site and an alarm was going off Monday morning.


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Emergency crews have been called to the University of Nevada, Reno campus this morning after reports of a possible carbon dioxide leak.

Hazmat crews were called to the Applied Research Facility at around 7:20 a.m., according to scanner traffic. Crews were evacuating people from the building while they work to find the source of the leak.


CREWS STOP CHEMICAL LEAK, CLEANUP BEGINS - WAFB CHANNEL 9, BATON ROUGE, LA |, http://www.wafb .com/Global/story.asp?S=13065874

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials report a hazardous chemical leak in North Baton Rouge has been stopped and a cleanup crew on the scene has finished removing the material.

According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, a tank holding several hundred gallons of hydrogen peroxide began leaking early Monday morning.

Officials said it created a vapor cloud with a foul odor.

The chemical is used to treat the water at a facility near Rosenwald Road at Chinn Street.


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