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local fire officials were on the scene of a possible hazardous materials
situation inside a third-floor apartment at 664 Walnut St. for several
Members of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response
at Massachusetts Department of Fire Services responded along with city
A two-member team from that unit, wearing protective
suits, entered the dwelling shortly before 9 p.m.
said they would bring out the suspected hazardous materials and place
them on sheets of plastic outside to determine what was hazardous and
what was safe.
Anything they were unsure of would be taken to the
state chemical lab for further examination.
What is the National Hazardous Materials Fusion Center
and its purpose?
The Hazmat Fusion Center is a one-stop shop for the
collection, analysis, and dissemination of information about hazmat
Hazmat Fusion Center ties together the hazmat training network, analysis
of significant hazmat incidents, exploration of hazmat technologies, and
continued development of hazmat tools and resources.
The Hazmat Fusion Center offers a national
communications network for hazmat responders to share information in the
areas of responder safety, training, and lessons
The focus of the Hazmat
Fusion Center is on the safety of the emergency responder at hazmat
The Hazmat Fusion Center has
been built from the bottom-up to reflect the needs of hazmat
dumping across from Hauppauge Landfill stirred concerns of Suffolk
Suffolk County Police received a call that multiple
drums filled with an unknown substance were found in the woods off
Millmay Avenue, across from Hauppauge Landfill at approximately 11 a.m
Police said multiple small drums of oil were found
abandoned in the woods. An officer estimated less than a gallon had
spilled, contaminating soil in the area.
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Berwyn firefighters responded to the rail yards on the
city=E2=80=99s south-east side at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday night in regards
to hazardous materials leaking from a trailer.
arrival fire personnel found a strong odor coming from a parked
The leak was determined to be acetone, paint thinner,
methyl ethyl ketone and xylene =E2=80=94 all flammable
HazMat technicians in full protective equipment made
entry into the trailer and found minor amounts of the chemicals had
spilled during the trailer=E2=80=99s transport.
COUNTY, Ill. - The chemical fire at the Euclid Chemical plant in
Sheffield, IL burned out on Thursday after smoldering for five
The plant has been declared a total loss; firefighters
attempted to fight the blaze and save the building on the morning of
October 9 but were pulled back after several reported having trouble
breathing due to toxic chemicals.
None of the plant's 15
employees were injured in the fire. Analyasts from the EPA will remain
on site to monitor chemical levels. The cause of the fire has not been
A two-story building at the
Amgen facility in Thousand Oaks was evacuated Thursday afternoon
following a chemical fire.
Five units of the Ventura County Fire Department
responded after a smoke alarm went off just before 2 p.m. in Building 29
on the Amgen campus, near the corner of Rancho Conejo Boulevard and
After fire investigators determined that the fire was
out, they determined that the two chemicals involved were sodium
hydroxide, which is noncombustible, and lithium aluminum hydroxide, a
flammable metal considered very corrosive to skin and reacts violently
"It=E2=80=99s actually fairly commonly used in
laboratories,=" said Durk Hubel, a corporate communications
officer with Amgen.
Fourteen people who had minor exposure to the
chemicals were medically evaluated on site and no one went to the
hospital, according to Hubel.
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A local high school was evacuated
after a student released a chemical during a class activity on Thursday
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Park High School student was partaking in a 'how to' demonstration when
the chemical was released inside a classroom. All of the students at the
school were evacuated and held in the auditorium while the Galena Park
Fire Department investigated the chemical and figured out how to clean
A spokesperson for GPISD
said that school was released for the day and the all clear was given
around 2pm. They still don't know what was in the beaker, but there were
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) =E2=80=94 Three workers were checked
out at a hospital and an apartment complex evacuated after a cloud of
gas escaped a discarded chemical drum.
Chanaca (Chah-NAH'-kah), a spokeswoman for the state Department of
Environmental Protection, says the incident began when three handymen
hired to clean up debris at the apartment complex were trying to
retrieve a plastic container on Thursday.
Kronenberger, Middletown's deputy fire chief, says the gas was emitted
from a 30-gallon drum the workers found in a brook. A contractor hired
by the state is trying to retrieve it.
Kronenberger says the three workers were decontaminated by
the fire department and were briefly hospitalized.
OLYPHANT - It moved down the valley "like a great, big
"It was probably 200 to 300 feet in the air," Throop
Patrol Officer Michael Huffstutler recalled. "It looked like a cumulus
cloud, one of those puffy clouds."
Except that it wasn't a
What the Throop patrol officer spotted hulking over
the region Wednesday morning was the aftermath of a chemical spill at an
Olyphant manufacturer, sending dozens to area hospitals and thousands
more into temporary lockdown.
A batch of chemicals was accidentally released
Wednesday morning at Insituform Technologies, a Mid-Valley Industrial
Park manufacturer off Underwood Road , and may have reacted with a heat
source causing an extensive plume to form over the area for nearly an
hour, officials said.
A company spokesman referred questions about the cause
of the spill, which was contained inside the property, to the local
plant manager, who did not return several calls for
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- A
Middletown apartment complex was evacuated and three maintenance workers
sent to the hospital after a container filled with an acidic chemical
was found Thursday afternoon.
said three maintenance workers found the container on the banks of
Sumner Brook in the area of South Main Street while cleaning up trash at
about 11:30 a.m.
said when the workers tried to move the container, a clear liquid
spilled out creating a vapor cloud.
"All of a
sudden, there's pounding at the door," said resident Alyssa Broe. "She's
telling me she's scared and there's firefighters suited up in masks on
asking us to evacuate the building."
apartment building, which contains 82 units was evacuated after the
discovery, officials said.
THE BURSCOUGH chemical waste plant explosion was an
accident waiting to happen, residents claimed last
Ken Davies, a member of
Burscough Residents Against Transfer Station (BRATS) told the Advertiser
that people are now asking why PHS Waste Management, was allowed to be
sited so close to their homes in the first place after the explosion on
Ken said the group warned
the council years ago that this sort of dangerous incident, at the plant
formerly Reformation Disposal Services Ltd, was
He said: "This
catastrophe is big enough to set alarms bells ringing. These plants
should be sited where there are no risks to residential
MEDIA RELEASES - NSW POLICE ONLINE, http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/ne
are reminding members of the public about the dangers involved in the
illegal manufacture of prohibited drugs after a fire at a clandestine
laboratory in Kemps Creek this morning.
after midnight police from Green Valley Local Area Command and the NSW
Fire Brigades responded to reports of a large explosion and fire in a
shed at the rear of a property on Western Road.
Police are also reminding members of the public to be
on the look out for the tell tale signs of a clandestine laboratory in
Unusual odours coming from a premises
=C2=B7 Unusual types or quantity of rubbish from a
=C2=B7 Frequency of visitors
attending a premises at unusual times
=C2=B7 Visitors attending a property carrying large
containers or unusual types or quantities of items.
who suspects they may be living or working near a possible clandestine
laboratory, is urged to contact their local police station immediately,
or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.