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Subject: Chemical Safety headlines from Google
RACINE, Wis. =E2=80=94 Racine police say the body of
a woman was found in an apartment set up as a drug lab.
identified the woman as 26-year-old Sarah Blask of Caledonia. Police
haven't said what may have caused her death. Her body was taken to the
Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office for an
The Racine Fire Department's hazardous materials
team was called to the scene and could be seen carrying out materials
that could have been used to make drugs.
At least one
apartment was temporarily evacuated because of the hazardous material.
That family spent the night with relatives.
If you heard a cacophony of sirens in Santee on
Wednesday afternoon, it was probably due to a fire that broke out in an
industrial park off Stevens Road.
The fire started in, and was
contained to, an industrial oven used by =EF=BB=BFAdvanced
Electromagnetics Incorporated=EF=BB=BF (AEMI) at 9311 Stevens Rd. This
company specializes in creating radio-frequency absorbers and anechoic
According to =EF=BB=BFSantee Fire=EF=BB=BF Division
Chief Brett Eldridge, something in the oven overheated, causing a
plastic and foam type material to catch fire, thereby creating a
tremendous amount of smoke, but little actual fire.=EF=BB=BF
officials are investigating a chemical fire at an industrial waste
recycling business in North Dumfries Township.
responded to a blaze at Panda Environmental on Earl Thompson Place
shortly after 11-am.
The fire was burning itself out before the North
Dumfries Township fire department arrived on scene, and they
extinguished the remaining fire.
As a precaution, a neighbouring
business was evacuated and St. Brigid school in Ayr was advised to keep
The Ministry of the Environment was also notified,
although there's no evidence of a spill.
Residents of a Scarborough neighbourhood spent much
of yesterday hiding from a cloud of sulphuric acid that escaped from a
Fire officials put the blame on an overloaded filter
inside Chemtura Canada at 10 Chemical Court, in the Lawrence and
"We had police officers close down the area
and firefighters going door to door, advising residents to stay inside
until we gave the all clear,=" said Division Commander Lorne
Nearby residents were told to close their windows
and to turn off their ventilation systems.
Four persons, including a woman, sustained serious burns in a fire at
DVV Chem Tech at SV Cooperative Industrial Estate in Jeedimetla on
Company Managing Director D. Chandrasekhar (43),
operator M. Venugopal (28), helper V.R. Vinod (30) and sweeper P. Laxmi
(28) sustained more than 50 per cent burns.
They were shifted to a private
hospital at Shapurnagar in Jeedimetla where their condition is said to
Jeedimetla Sub-Inspector P. Veera Swamy said flames
could have erupted due to a chemical reaction while washing the reactor
containing some chemical solvents after distillation.
in Cornwall have been dealing with a chemical incident after containers
were found to be leaking.
About 40 firefighters attended
the incident at Pensilva Industrial Estate after they were alerted at
about 1530 GMT.
The fire service said the liquid has now been
identified as sodium hydroxide and originated from one
An initial cordon of 50m (0.05km) was set up but has
since been reduced to 20m (0.02km).
During the incident six
firefighters wore gas-tight chemical protection suits and breathing
apparatus to deal with the chemical spillage.
Five workers at a food
processing plant in Fresno are recovering, after a chemical spill sent
them to the hospital Thursday morning.
The incident happened around 3
a.m. at Lyons Magnus, south of Downtown Fresno.
workers alerted fire crews to the incident, after several of the plant's
employees drove themselves to the hospital, complaining of the
When firefighters arrived at the plant, along east
Hamilton, workers told them they had cleaned up the spill of chlorine
Firefighters say the mix can aggravate a person's
There were approximately 50 people working at the
plant at the time of the spill, however no one else was
Nov. 03--Interstate 75 was
closed for several hours overnight Monday after a truck carrying
hazardous materials caught fire in Houston County.
Shortly before 8:40 p.m. Monday, a tractor-trailer
blew a tire, which caused the rear axles to catch fire as the rig
traveled south near mile marker 133, Houston County Fire Chief Jimmy
The truck driver was able to get
the vehicle off the road, but authorities had to shut down the
interstate in both directions due to the threat of explosion from the
cargo of hexane, Williams said.
"It has a
potential to cause a big explosion," Williams said. "It's highly
Firefighters from Houston, Peach
and Dooly counties and Perry were on the scene along with the Georgia
State Patrol and Georgia Department of Transportation.
The northbound lanes remained closed for nearly
three hours and the southbound lanes were closed for about eight hours
as the hexane was being transferred to another truck.
afternoon brought a series of mishaps and mayhem to the University of
Cincinnati Main Mampus and surrounding area.
At approximately noon, an explosion in an
Engineering Research Center laboratory led to the evacuation of ERC,
Rhodes and Baldwin halls.
was caused by a graduate student working inside a chemical fume safety
cabinet, said Jeff Corcoran, UC Police Division assistant
"They had an unexpected reaction
with the chemicals," Corcoran said. "The glass in the fume hood broke
when the chemicals reacted."
sustained minor injuries from the shattered glass and was transported to
"The fire department and
hazardous material team went in," Corcoran said. "They found no
chemicals in the air, although there is obviously some spilled
After the explosion, the student
pushed a button next to the fume hood to trigger ERC's emergency
ventilation system. The system also triggers the building's fire alarms,
which led to the precautionary evacuation.
approximately 1:30 p.m., UC's environmental health and safety finished
surveying the building, and it was deemed safe for re-entry.
Cincinnati Fire Department=E2=80=98s Ladder 20 left
the scene on campus in response to a house fire on the 3400 block of
Brookline Avenue at 1:15 p.m.
company showed up on the scene, there was heavy fire coming out of the
back of the building," said CFD district chief Ronald Dexter. "It
appears to have started between the second and third floor in the floor
space, went up the walls and into the attic."
The fire was originally a two-fire alarm, but the
incident officer reduced the alarm due to the manpower, size of the
building and amount of smoke, Dexter said.
INSIDETORONTO ARTICLE: DOZENS OF
FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO CHEMICAL LEAK, http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/l
and working within three kilometres of a Scarborough chemical plant were
asked to stay indoors during the lunch hour Wednesday, Nov. 3, following
a sulfuric acid leak.
crews were called to Chemtura Canada at 10 Chemical Court near Manse and
Coronation roads at 11:05 a.m.
"It was for a chemical hazard.
There was a chemical cloud," Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond said.
"It's a highly corrosive, highly toxic chemical that was released into
the air, forming a cloud."
crews spent yesterday afternoon cleaning up a chemical spill at the
Murray Goulburn milk processing factory at Leongatha.
Fire Authority (CFA) says nitric acid leaked in a storage area at the
factory yesterday morning.
Some Murray Goulburn workers
tried to clean up the spill but were overcome by fumes.
firefighters, along with staff from the Environment Protection
Authority, were called to the factory.
CFA operations officer Simon
Bloink says the clean-up was a delicate operation.
cleaning room there was other products. Part of the product was touching
metalwork and there was a gas given off, so we just had to make sure
that there was no gas present within that room before we could hand it
back to Murray-Goulburn," he said.
No one was injured when a
500-gallon chemical vat ignited at a Geneva business Wednesday
According to Geneva Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Koster,
firefighters were called to Olon Industries, 411 Union St., at 5:52 a.m.
for a fire inside the building. A vat containing 500 gallons of acetone
ignited while employees were adding chemicals, Koster said.
system activated and contained the fire to the vat, Koster
Firefighters were able to put out the fire using
There was no physical damage to
the building, Koster said. He estimated the cleanup would cost about
$1,000. Koster said the company is investigating the cause of the fire,
but officials suspect a static spark may have started it.
CINCINNATI - Operations have
returned to normal after a chemical leak forced an evacuation at the
University of Cincinnati on Wednesday.
happened in the Engineering Research Center on Woodside Drive around
One student was treated for cuts from broken
Officials have not said what kind of chemicals were
Students and faculty were allowed to return to the
building around 2 p.m., according to University of Cincinnati
Department Hazmat crews cleaned up what they believe was a meth lab
Wednesday evening, officials said.
Balogh, a Hazmat Team member, said they were called to a vacant house in
the 400 block of South Wheeling Avenue to clean up materials associated
with making methamphetamine and the "remnants of a past lab that
Balogh said the small lab wasn=E2=80=99t operational
at the time but that they did find materials to produce the drug. He
said the lab might have been used today.
-- Several people have been displaced after insect foggers caused a
HazMat situation at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Lehigh
Crews were called to the East
Penn Place One apartment building in the 600 block of Broad Street in
Emmaus around 8:30 Wednesday night.
the fumes from the insect foggers forced residents on the second floor
Some of the residents had to
find another place to stay for the night and a few others were taken to
the hospital for precautionary reasons but everyone is expected to be
Ray Borane Middle School was
evacuated Monday afternoon after a white substance was found on the
floor of one of the boys=E2=80=99 bathrooms.
Larry Blaskey/Douglas Dispatch
Douglas Police Lt. Kraig Fullen, right, provides Assistant
Superintendent Bonnie Lopez, foreground and Superintendent Sheila Rogers
an update on the substance found at the middle school.
(Use arrows above to view more
Even though the incident apparently occurred
sometime around 10 a.m., the Douglas Fire Department was not called
until 1:13 p.m. Monday.
Both the EMS and HazMat team were called
Chief Mario Novoa said the substance found was not toxic. "We
have a new chemical analyzer that tests for 40,0000 different dangerous
chemical substances and the white powder was not in the database.,="
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