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stopped on a new school in Aberdeen yesterday after construction workers
inhaled toxic fumes.
One of the builders working on Kaimhill School at
Garthdee passed out after breathing in fumes which led to two of his
colleagues taking themselves to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) suffering
from sore throats, nausea, vomiting and headaches.
Admissions of the accident and emergency department at ARI
had to be restricted over fears of chemical contamination when the two
men arrived. The unit was accepting only emergency patients between
Other patients were transferred to the A&E
department at the Royal Aberdeen Children=E2=80=99s
The Scottish Ambulance Service sent paramedics to the
site in Pitmedden Crescent just after 2pm when a third construction
worker passed out after inhaling the toxic fumes.
understood the concentration of a solution the construction workers were
preparing was too high, causing the gas.
renovation project took an unexpected turn Thursday when Hazmat teams
were called to an Omaha home after someone reported a strong smell
coming from the premises.
Firefighters made sure no one was in danger before
entering the residence near 38th and Grand to
What they found was an open can of paint. Officials
say there were two to three inches left in the bottom. None of the
nearby homes or businesses were evacuated.
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lost most of his hand and suffered severe injuries to his leg during an
explosion at his home Thursday.
The incident happened at
around 4 p.m. on Olive Branch Road, say Placer County Sheriff's
neighbor says she heard what sounded like an explosion coming from
inside the home and ran across the street to help. She says the
14-year-old came running out and appeared to be missing his hand. He
also had a severe injury to his leg.
"His parents were not there.
All I know is that his hand is completely gone. I could see the bone in
part of his leg. I was just trying to keep him calm," she
She also says she smelled some kind of chemical odor
on his body that she did not recognize.
Placer County Sheriff's Department confirmed the teen lost most of his
hand in the explosion.
Investigators believe that the boy ignited a firework
type device similar to an M-80, which exploded in his hand. It is
not known where the boy obtained the explosive device.
A "COCKTAIL=" of paint, turps and other
chemicals helped fuel a multimillion-dollar blaze that destroyed two
shops in Albury yesterday.
and The Reject Shop in Dean Street were engulfed by fire at 2.55am,
causing an estimated $2 million damage.
was injured in the blaze, which took 35 firefighters about two hours to
bring under control.
A fire investigator from Sydney and crime scene
officer from Albury =C2=ADpolice were still trying to determine the
cause of the fire yesterday afternoon.
expected back on the scene this morning.
Civic fire captain John Vandeven described the fire as being fierce,
with contents in The Reject Shop in particular fuelling the
"There were things like paint and turps, a
real cocktail of everything in there that fed the fire pretty well,="
RYE =E2=80=94 Rye Country Day School was evacuated
this morning after a teacher reported the smell of nitric acid in the
building, fire officials said.
There were no
Fire officials responded to the school on Grandview
Avenue around 10:25 a.m.
Nitric acid is yellowish liquid. It is highly
corrosive and toxic. Its fumes are dangerous.
Construction workers, working in the chemistry room, may have
tried to move one of the containers of acid and dropped it, fire
The container was removed by fire officials and
students were able to go back into the school around 11:30
Students with midday classes in Mason Laboratory on
Wednesday enjoyed listening to lecture outdoors but also had their ears
filled with the drone of the alarm that went off in response to a small
The fire broke out this afternoon in a furnace that
had been left on in associate research scientist Sungchul Lee's lab. The
furnace burnt a hole, about 4 inches in diameter, in a wooden table, but
no one was injured, and no experiment was taking place when the fire
started, according to William Cross, a University fire
The fire occurred during a weekly meeting of chemical
engineering graduate students. When one of the students entered Room
220, he smelled smoke and pulled the fire alarm, said Gary Haller, a
professor in chemical engineering. The alarm went off at 12:12 p.m., and
three fire trucks arrived on the scene within minutes.
GA (WTVM) - For 35 years, Ronnie Skinner has lived off of 54th
Street near Veterans Parkway and over the past few days he says a
strange chemical smell has been in the air.
with the Columbus Police Department's Special Operations Unit say the
stench was most likely coming from an active meth lab set up inside a
nearby vacant realty building.
Officers say 26-year-old
Craig Reynolds, from Fort Mitchell, Alabama, was supposed to be
doing renovations at house across the street from Skinner but instead,
he was making meth in the empty realty office.
Tuesday night, police say some of the lab's materials caught fire,
sparking flames inside and out in the parking lot.
to police, Reynolds was captured on surveillance footage carrying the
flaming materials out of the front door and either kicked or dropped a
open fuel container, setting fire to the ground and
FORT WORTH -- A K2
manufacturing and distribution center has been shut down -- at least
temporarily -- after city officials found that the building where it is
housed violated city and fire codes.
The K2 lab was discovered
Monday morning when a code compliance officer was investigating a
complaint at the building in the 100 block of North Beach Street, said
Engineer Timothy Hardeman, a Fire Department spokesman.
firetruck and hazardous-material squad were sent to do testing at the
building after the officer also noticed a strong odor, Hardeman said.
While no fire hazards were found, Hardeman said multiple code violations
were noted, including that "the interior of the business had not been
completed, and owners couldn't produce a certificate of
"Our commercial building inspector was able to issue a
stop-work order based on the fire code violations and lack of a
certificate of occupancy," Hardeman said.
Worth is among several North Texas cities considering measures to limit
or ban K2, an herbal product sprayed with chemical compounds. When
smoked, K2 produces highs similar to marijuana. But the chemical
compounds can make it more potent, and side effects can include
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - The return home for people
living in the Electra could be delayed again, by yet another mystery
deep below the building.
The chemical smell has evaporated, at least at
street-level. Vancouver fire crews are still on stand-by, and the focus
of the city investigation has shifted to a sealed underground
The Vancouver Sun reports it was punctured by the
contractor on-site, who then filled it with expanding foam - that
created enough heat to spark an underground fire.
now worries the vault contained PCBs used by the hydro substation next
door. Vancouver Coastal Health still isn't expressing an official
Authorities have blocked part of North Park Avenue
after smoke was found coming from a container filled with a chemical at
Glen Raven Mills.
Burlington Fire Department was called at 1:42 p.m. to
1821 N. Park Ave. The mill was evacuated and the chemical was
identified, said Burlington police Assistant Chief Greg
The Alamance County Fire Marshal was notified and the
Hazardous Material Regional Response Team out of Greensboro has
been notified. The team will handle cleaning up the
HICAGO - Chicago Fire Department officials responded
to Roosevelt University in the Loop Wednesday afternoon for a hazardous
Fire officials also called for an EMS Plan 1, sending
five ambulances to the scene at 430 South Michigan.
at the scene say one person was transported in fair condition and two
other people in good-to-fair condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital
for exposure to fumes.
All victims were complaining of irritation to the
throat and were experiencing headaches.
officials say a chemical spill on the 6th floor triggered the response,
police officials said.
Mass. -- Four years after a chemical explosion leveled a Danvers
neighborhood, residents are left with another big mess.
They said a contractor hired to make repairs has
abandoned the neighborhood.
week, Cape Ann Equipment walked away from the massive project to upgrade
the sewer and water drainage systems, according to
Workers left piles of dirt
and unfinished sidewalks, the said and neighbors complained that the
contractor botched the job from the start. They said the mistakes have
caused drainage problems that have already flooded newly re-built
Town officials are now
working with the bonding company to find another
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bayer
CropScience agreed to pay the state Department of Environmental a nearly
half a million dollars to settle several alleged violations at its plant
in Institute over the past year.
The $460,000 settlement,
announced Wednesday, does not involve the August 2008 explosion at the
"These agreements resolve a backlog with the agency
and cumulatively clear the plate," said company Vice President Steve
The DEP did, however, allege the company was storing
the deadly chemical methyl isocyanate, or MIC, in an underground tank
that lacked "full compliance." But Bayer said there were "other
redundant control measures" and that it was "operating safely without
danger to the plant and community."
POLICE are investigating whether a 17-year-old
Freshwater youth bought or learned how to make high explosives from the
internet, which detonated in his hands and left him with serious
Yesterday afternoon police said their investigation
into the source of the material would not only focus on the internet but
also explosive-making instructions in books, word of mouth or other
The boy is recovering in Royal North Shore Hospital
and is undergoing treatment to repair what police have described as
"serious, significant injuries to his
The injuries are so severe the youth is at risk of
losing one or more of his fingers.
"He is lucky to get
away with this, as tragic as it is, but he could have been killed,=E2=80=99
=E2=80=99 Manly Police crime manager Det-Insp Brad Hughes
It is understood that one or more of the boy=E2=80=99s
fingertips were blown off in the incident.
PLYMOUTH - Several prisoners at the Plymouth County
Correctional Facility were reportedly exposed to mercury Tuesday
afternoon, September 21, 2010.
According to emergency
broadcast reports from the scene, 19 people were exposed to
approximately 3 ounces of mercury as well as an unidentified
Rescue personnel transported the prisoners involved in
the Hazmat situation to a decontamination site at the
STUDENT BRINGS MERCURY TO WORCESTER SCHOOL, http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/loca
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Hazardous materials crews were called to
Grafton Street Elementary in Worcester Wednesday after children were
exposed to a poisonous metal by a classmate.
identified the boy as a 12-year-old sixth grader who school officials
said brought mercury to school.
The school said they
isolated the substance and then called the fire department on Wednesday
"The total amount that we can determine was in
the container was somewhere between half a pint and a pint of it, which
is a large amount of mercury,=" said Worcester Fire Deputy
Chief John Sullivan.
A daylong investigation and inspection of the school
took place, but officials believe that only a few drops were spilled in
WAY, Wash. -- An overnight accident involving an
overturned fuel tanker truck on southbound I-5 at S. 272nd Street
near Kent had a major impact on the morning commute. Southbound
I-5 was shut down for nearly 12 hours after the double
fuel tanker flipped over near State Route 516.
Hazmat crews had to drain the overturned fuel taker
before they flipped it upright. Crews say the task was time
consuming because the tanker was carrying about 10,000 gallons of
gasoline and 900 gallons of diesel.
- The California Highway Patrol says it doesn't know how long it will
take to clean up and make guard rail repairs after a big rig fire and
spill on southbound Interstate 5 in Stockton.
officers received reports about the fire and a possible bleach spill on
the southbound lanes of I-5 near Pershing Avenue around 8:18
It appeared the truck driver was attempting to cross
from southbound I-5 to the Highway 4 Crosstown Freeway when his rig hit
the guardrail and ended up half-dangling over the
According to Officer John O'Neil, the driver made it
out of the truck.
"We have reports that there have been minor injuries
to the driver." O'Neil said. "He has been transported to a local
CHP Officer Rich Wetzel said about 1,000 gallons of
household bleach spilled onto the freeway and Weber
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