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ST. PETERSBURG =E2=80=94
Hazardous materials crews responded Thursday to an ammonia leak at an
empty seafood warehouse that resulted in no injuries.
incident began about 1:30 p.m. as firefighters with St. Petersburg Fire
Rescue were doing a routine hazardous materials inspection at 333 16th
Ave. S, said Lt. Joel Granata, a department spokesman. The building
houses a processing facility for Key West Fresh and Frozen
When they got there, the door was open and there was a
strong odor of anhydrous ammonia, a toxic chemical that can cause
breathing difficulties, Granata said. Hazardous materials firefighters
began searching the building. They found a 14-gallon ammonia tank with
about 5 gallons left in it and what appeared to be a small leak at the
valve, Granata said. A total of 27 hazmat technicians from St.
Petersburg, Largo, Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor and Seminole were
PARK (WCCO) =E2=80=95
Four St. Louis Park High School students have been
taken to a nearby hospital for observation after a problem with the
ventilation at the school's pool, according to police.
say just after 7 p.m. a generator failed, causing the system that vents
chlorine vapors from the pool area to not work properly. St. Louis Park
has had two power outages in the past few days, but none affecting the
Responders in Hazmat suits from Hopkins are checking out the
scene. School officials haven't decided yet if there will be classes
incident occurred in the 30,000 block of Rim Rock Pl. that could have
been the source of rumors a week ago.
On Wednesday evening,
October 20, police and paramedics were called to a home where a man
collapsed and died. A woman was taken away in an ambulance, and
bystanders saw police, fire trucks, two Hazmat units and the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), treating the area as they would a
hazardous materials scene, leading some to believe there might have been
a methamphetamine lab. Subsequent evidence seems to indicate this was
not the case.
The incident is still
under investigation, according to CLPD Cpl. Ole Williams; however, a
neighbor, who is also a nurse, became involved in this incident soon
after the victim was discovered and these were her observations:
The nurse heard a woman
screaming in their cul-de-sac so she rushed to her assistance. The woman
said she had found her boyfriend "unconscious=" inside.
The nurse went in with her and immediately smelled strong fumes. She
reported the fumes when she called 911. When the nurse and girlfriend
attempted to turn over the victim to provide CPR, the nurse recognized
he already was deceased. At that time, she also observed carpet-cleaning
equipment and a large fan nearby.
COUNTY, Ga. --
Firefighters battled a blaze
at a Norcross plastics recycling facility on Wednesday
Channel 2's Manuel Bojorquez
was on Northwoods Parkway, where crews were fighting the
Workers alerted authorities
about a fire that erupted outside the facility around 1:15 p.m.,
some equipment caught fire and propane tanks exploded outside.
Firefighters said they don't know what caused the fire.
The building was damaged, but all of the workers made
it out safely, firefighters said.
Oct 28 (bdnews24.com) =E2=80=94 A
mobile court has fined two warehouses in Old Dhaka for storing flammable
chemicals, hours after an explosion in the same area.
Asad, owner of a warehouse at Bangshal, was fined Tk 400,000 on Thursday
for storing flammable chemicals without a fire certificate.
said the area was covered with smoke after the explosion in the
brought out a number processions immediately following the explosion
demanding eviction of chemical warehouses from the
WAUSEON =E2=80=94 Eastbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike
were closed in Fulton County Thursday afternoon due to a leak of nitric
acid from a box truck.
worker in the mid-north has been taken to Port Augusta Hospital after
being overcome by fumes at a farm near Wilmington.
say a farmer saw a man in a white utility emptying a drum on the side of
a track near his farm on Wednesday.
The council worker went to
investigate on Thursday but was overcome by what police said were toxic
fumes and needed treatment by paramedics.
crews with breathing masks were called in to remove a chemical from the
warehouse once again caused another fire incident in the city's densely
populated Bangshal area Thursday, firefighters said.
Brigade`s deputy director Abdur Rashid said the fire originated at about
11:55am from the ground floor of a three-storey building at 4/1 Gobinda
Das Lane, burning down the chemical factory.
"Flammable chemicals were kept at the ground floor," he said,
adding that chemical reaction is detected as a cause of the fire
incident in the preliminary inspection.
however, said no one was injured in the incident as their several units
rushed to the spot and doused the blaze after half an hour of frantic
efforts with the help of police and locals.
There has been a large chemical spill at a laboratory
on the outskirts of Hamilton.
Five fire trucks, police and ambulance crews have been
at Ecolab just off Vickery Street in the suburb of Bryant Park for about
an hour trying to contain the spill.
Fire communications shift
manager Steve Smith says a large quantity of hydrogen peroxide has been
The laboratory has been evacuated while a clean up
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and Central Yavapai firefighters and their hazardous materials teams
answered a 911 call Saturday from Bucky's Casino in Prescott after
people became nauseous from a strange odor in the building, said Eric
Kriwer, spokesman for the Prescott Fire Department.
No one at
the scene needed treatment, Kriwer said.
were evacuated from the casino and the firefighters and hazmat teams
monitored the air on three floors to see what caused the odors, but they
found no gas leaks or any other indication of what may have cause the
odor, Kriwer said.
OHIO -- Federal officials from FBI headquarters in Quantico,
Virginia have been called to Toledo after police officers found
highly-toxic chemicals inside a West Toledo home
A HazMat situation shut down a portion of the Safety
Building in downtown Toledo and sent several Toledo Police officers
to the hospital after finding the chemicals, along with illegal
controlled substances, inside the home of Thomas
Police say they responded to a call of domestic
violence at the suspect's home, at 4716 Douglas Rd., Tuesday
evening. After transporting evidence from the scene to the Safety
Building, two officers became exposed to an unknown
chemical. Nine officers were taken to Mercy St. Vincent
Medical Center as a precaution, according to a spokesperson from the
fire department, and are doing fine.
Fire Crews from Kilmarnock and Maybole tackledf a
chemical spillage within an Intensive Care Ward within Ayr Hospital,
Dalmellington Road at around 6.45pm on tuesday night
Upon arrival Firefighters assisted hospital staff in
the immediate evacuation of patients to a safe area, and requested the
attendance of Strathclyde Fire & Rescues Technical Support
Chemical Protection Suits and Breathing Apparatus identified and sealed
a leak of Ammonia which was released from a refridgeration unit within a
compartment close to the ward. The refridgeration unit was removed from
the premises and the ward was fully ventilated.
A total of eight hospital staff were taken to the
Accident & Emergency Department at the hospital, upon compaining
of minor breathing difficulties and headaches.
- One person was overcome with fumes this morning at Fordson High School
after pool chemicals were improperly mixed, officials said. The
resulting noxious fumes caused the evacuation of the school and the
eventual dismissal of classes for the day.
According to Fire Chief Rich Miller, a preliminary
investigation shows that pool chemicals were somehow improperly mixed or
applied, which caused noxious fumes to infiltrate the
Miller said the school
employee who accidentally applied the chemical was overcome by the
vapors and was sent to a walk-in facility for
It is believed the chemicals
involved were chlorine and muriatic acid, both of which are used to
treat pool water. The city of Dearborn also asked for the Wayne County
Hazardous Materials Team to respond to the incident.
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