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TWO MEN IN HOSPITAL AFTER CANNOCK CHEMICAL BLAST, press/2010/11/06/two-men-in-hospital-after-cannock-chemical-blast/

By Carla Regan: Two workers were taken to hospital following a chemical explosion at a factory in Staffordshire.

A 39-year-old man was reportedly thrown two metres in the blast at Aegean on Walkmill Lane, Cannock, and suffered skin irritation.

He was taken away by paramedics in a neck collar and spinal board to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The second man, aged 29, also suffered skin irritation.

Both men were treated at the scene by crews and sent to hospital for further treatment and assessment.

A 38-strong crew of firefighters were called to the scene just before midday on Friday November 5.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: =93Crews arrived to find that there had been a small explosion involving a gas chemical at the factory.=94

Group Manager Del Roberts said: =93There was a small explosion involving corrosive gases from an industrial process on site.



Firefighters battled to keep control of a massive warehouse blaze after 280 tonnes of gas canisters exploded on a North-East industrial park. Chris Fay reports.

INCREDIBLY, no one was hurt as explosions ripped through Stiller Warehousing and Distribution at 1pm on Friday, where 7,500 pallets of aerosol cans in a warehouse caught fire.

Firefighters remain at the site, on the Aycliffe Business Park, in County Durham, damping down.



Sharjah // A fire tore through storage buildings in Sharjah's industrial area last night.

The blaze started at about 7pm in buildings owned by the Al Safeer Group of Company, located in the city's Industrial Area 2.

As the fire spread to neighbouring buildings, firemen were struggling to bring the blaze under control.

They were unsure whether there were any casualties. The cause of the fire was not clear.

"We have so far not found any injured," Col Waheed al Serkal, the Director of Sharjah Civil Defence, said last night. "We can confirm if there are no victims only after the fire is completely brought under control."

Fire is a constant threat in the emirate's industrial areas, where chemical solvents are often stored.

The emirate experienced several major fires last summer, including the those that destroyed five warehouses at the National Paints factory and the Al Kuwait apartment building.


CONNERSVILLE FACTORY BUILDING CATCHES FIRE | PAL-ITEM.COM | PALLADIUM-ITEM, ticle/20101107/UPDATES/101107019/1008/NEWS01/Connersville+factor+building+ catches+fire

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. =97 Crews are fighting a fire at an old factory tonight in Connersville.

A dispatcher in Connersville confirmed to WTHR=92s Eyewitness News that firefighters were at the scene of a fire at an old factory. A resident reported there is a chemical reclamation plant attached to the building that was on fire.

Officials say the building that caught fire once held a company called Creative Fixtures, which made small wooden parts. That company closed about seven years ago.

Firefighters reportedly had the fire contained in the Creative Fixtures building, but were concerned about it spreading to a building to the south. That building houses 
Superior Chemicals and is still in operation.


OFFICIALS DEFEND ACTIONS IN CALGARY CHEMICAL SCARE, ews/calgary/Officials+defend+actions+Calgary+chemical+scare/3791267/story. html

A day after evacuating a 200-metre area around a Radisson Drive home for what later turned out not to be a public safety hazard, the fire department said it acted prudently.

Homes and schools were cleared after medical staff believed they had come into contact with organophosphate after treating an elderly man.

Officials were worried the man was exposed to the deadly chemical and others could be at risk, too.

"I think what you do is deal with the information you have at the time," said spokesman Brian McAsey.

"That information told us there might be a great risk to human health and life and we went about doing our protocols. I think we did the right thing."



BELLEVUE, Pa. -- Hazmat teams were in Bellevue Saturday morning after residents complained of a strong gasoline odor.
Fire departments responded to the 300 block of Union Avenue at 12:30 a.m. Saturday after several residents smelled gasoline.
At 2:30 a.m., Hazmat crews were called to the scene to investigate.
Hazmat investigated all morning to try to find the source of the odor that was coming from the sewer system. Crews were gong door-to-door trying to locate the source of the smell.



ADAMS COUNTY - All evacuations were lifted in connection to a Commerce City hazmat situation on Friday night that forced people to leave more than 200 homes after investigators determined that an unknown substance leaking from several barrels was not a threat.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says several barrels were found off of 80th Avenue near Monaco Street. They were found around 4:30 p.m. near an abandoned chemical plant.

Just before 9 p.m., investigators determined the substance leaking from the barrels was a petroleum-based product and was not threatening to those in the area.

Area residents had called the fire department earlier to complain about the bad smell.



UNIVERSITY CITY - November 6, 2010 - (WPVI) -- Firefighters responded to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for a jet fuel leak.
The call came in around two o'clock Saturday morning... a Pennstar medical chopper was leaking fuel on the helipad atop the hospital.

Investigators say some kind of mechanical problem caused the fuel leak.

Firefighters contained the leak, and hazardous materials crews brought in oil-dry to soak up the spill.


CAPE MAIL WORKERS ECAVUATED - WESTERN CAPE - IOL, e/cape-mail-workers-ecavuated-1.722601

Cape Mail was evacuated on Friday morning after workers became ill and emergency calls were made to report a possible gass leak, the Cape Town disaster risk management centre said.

=93Reports were received of persons that overcome by an alleged smell of gas and resulted in vomiting,=94 said centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

He said in a statement that city activated the necessary emergency response agencies to the incident in order to establish the source of the smell and to administer medical treatment.

The HazMat teams from the fire and rescue services established the smell was caused by broken ink cartridges and other items that were undelivered and not collected, and returned to Cape Mail, he said.

The fire and rescue, disaster risk management centre, Metro EMS, SAPS, Netcare, ER24, and Discovery Life were present at the scene.



Neighborhoods near 80th and Rosemary in Adams County were evacuated for two hours because of a hazardous materials situation stemming from an unknown liquid leaking out of above-ground storage containers Friday evening. 

The evacuation area boundaries are 80th to 86th and Monaco to Brighton Blvd. and includes about 210 people. The evacuation was cleared just before 9 p.m. Friday.

Some liquid coming out of the storage containers in a fenced-off area near a closed chemical plant prompted the hazmat investigation. There is also an unknown odor in the area believed to be connected to the barrels.


CBC NEWS - CALGARY - NO PUBLIC DANGER AFTER CALGARY CHEMICAL SCARE, ry/2010/11/05/calgary-hazardous-material-evacuation-southeast.html

Evacuees are returning to their homes in southeast Calgary after a chemical leak scare on Friday.

Readings at a house in Radisson Heights, where authorities suspected chemicals caused an elderly man to fall ill, have revealed only low levels of chlorine from a neighbour's hot tub.

The house, yard and vehicles were searched, but no chemical leak was found.

Officials now say there's no risk to the public.

At about 7:30 a.m. Friday, a Calgary woman found her husband in distress, officials said.

The man was taken to the Peter Lougheed Centre with respiratory problems, and traces of potentially dangerous chemicals were detected on a doctor's shirt and a paramedic's shoes. Hospital staff called 911. Fire crews and hazardous materials specialists checked the area around the man's home in the 1400 block of Radisson Drive, near Robson Crescent S.E.


NEW BEDFORD SCHOOL SET TO REOPEN - BOSTONHERALD.COM, http://news. en/srvc=home&amp;position=recent

NEW BEDFORD =97 After being closed for three days of cleanup following a small chemical fire Monday night, classes will resume today at Keith Middle School.

The school was closed to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Before today=92s reopening, Mayor Scott W. Lang tried to assuage parents=92 concerns during an open house at the school Thursday afternoon.

He told the group of about three dozen who turned out that the multiple air quality tests performed in the last three days have shown "no issues whatsoever."

He said there will be a review of the district=92s protocol surrounding the storage of chemicals. The small fire started in a storage cabinet that contained chemicals typically used in a science lab.

"I=92m not a chemist ... but I can tell you it won=92t happen again," Lang said.

The school replaced ceiling tiles near the affected area and removed the affected cabinets and chemicals in them from first-floor "prep room," Lang said. The prep room, according to the mayor, still needs cleanup work.



OCEANSIDE =97 Hazardous material crews on Friday finished cleaning up a huge cache of potentially dangerous chemicals stored behind a house near Camp Pendleton that were used to make gopher-eradication products and possibly other devices.

Acting on a tip, Oceanside firefighters on Thursday went to the house, which recently had been foreclosed on, and found four storage buildings and an underground storage area, all with containers of solid and liquid compounds and chemicals, Battalion Chief Rob Dunham said Friday.

The site on San Simeon Street, near Camp Pendleton=92s front gate, immediately qualified for federal and state Superfund cleanup money. It includes Oceanside city property, where the four storage buildings were illegally built, officials said.


INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK ON REGULATING NANOTECHNOLOGIES - SNEAK PEAK OF CONTENTS, gulating-nanotechnologies-sneak-peak-of-contents/?utm_source=feedburner& amp;amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+2020Science+%282 020+Science%29

Back in the mists of time, I was approached with a crazy proposition - would I help co-edit a book on nanotechnologies regulation!  In a moment of weakness I said yes, and a little more than two and a half years later, the book is finally about to hit the shelves.

I actually think the resulting International Handbook on Regulating Nanotechnologies rather a useful, coherent and engaging collection of chapters - my co-editors Di Bowman and Graeme Hodge did a wonderful job encouraging a bunch of top thinkers in the field to write under occasionally whimsical but always relevant titles.

To whet your appetite prior to the book=92s release sometime in November, here=92s a sneak peak at the contents:

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