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County narcotics detectives are conducting an investigation after discovering a drug disposal site near the Fremont Campground Area in Los Padres National Forest last week.
Construction workers reported the methamphetamine by-product dumpsite to authorities last Thursday. A member of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department=92s Hazmat division arrived at the location and transported the waste to a disposal facility.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff=92s Department Public Information Officer Drew Sugars, detectives suspect the site was also the location of an illegal drug lab.



WEST POTTSGROVE =97 Crews from 97 agencies, including dozens of fire companies from three counties, were held at bay for hours Monday by flames and massive plumes of smoke after fire broke out at a plastics recycling facility on the Universal Concrete campus.

It took crews until around 1 p.m. =97 more than five hours after the fire was reported =97 to get the blaze under control.

West End Fire Company Assistant Chief Andy Mitz, who was the incident commander, explained that crews were attempting to attack the building fire at 400 Old Reading Pike from the exterior before they took the chance of entering the facility.


KUROW CHEMICAL SPILL CLEANED UP WITHIN HOURS | STUFF.CO.NZ, 27443/Kurow-chemical-spill-cleaned-up-within-hours

A chemical spill on the main street of Kurow was quickly cleaned up by fire crew and members of the public, police say.

Constable Craig Bennett said insecticide and herbicide spilt from two 10-litre tanks on the corner of Bledisloe St and State Highway 82 yesterday after the tanks fell out of a truck door. The latch was loose and as the driver rounded the corner, the tanks fell out and were partially ruptured when they hit the ground.

"I believe the driver stopped straightaway," Mr Bennett said. "He's turned the corner and obviously heard stuff move ... he's realised the catch of the door didn't take."



FOUR men were taken to hospital and an industrial site was evacuated after a chemical spill at a freight depot in Haydock last night.

More than 400 litres of a highly flammable chemical leaked into the drainage system of the site after two drums were ruptured by a fork lift truck at about 9.30pm on Monday.

A 300-metre cordon was put in place and fire crews were joined by the Hazardous Area Response Team at Rhys Davies Freight off Wilcock Road, Haydock.

The four members of staff were taken to hospital suffering possible chemical inhalation and the entire Old Boston Trading Estate was evacuated.

The chemical, ethoxypropionate, was contained on site by the interceptor drains.



TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) - One person is confirmed dead and another seriously injured after 10,000 gallon tanker exploded at the DuPont plant on River Road in Tonawanda.
The tanker, which is normally filled with the chemical known as poly vinyl fluoride, exploded around 11:10 a.m., but was empty.


NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 99 TRAFFIC FLOWING AGAIN AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL SOUTH OF TRAVER, http://www.visaliatimes lanes+of+state+Highway+99+near+Traver+due+to+chemical+spill+and+Visalia+ha zmat-team+response

The northbound lanes of Highway 99 are open again being closed for approximately three hours Tuesday afternoon. The northbound lanes of Highway 99 were closed at 3 p.m. at Avenue 328 near Traver due to a hazardous chemical spill.

Visalia Fire Department dispatched a hazardous-materials, or hazmat, team just after 3 p.m. to deal with what is described as a =93chemical spill=94 on the northbound lanes of Hwy 99 at Traver, officials say.

Traffic on northbound Highway 99 was backed up to Highway 198. The California Highway Patrol responded to reports of an accident in the vicinity and motorists were advised to avoid the area and use alternate routes.


FIRE CREWS WAIT OUT HAZMAT FIRE - KOLD NEWS 13, http://www.kold .com/Global/story.asp?S=13466241

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - An explosive combination resulted in the evacuation of at least twenty employees at the Gerome Maturating facility, located on 36th Street near Palo Verde.

One worker risked his own safety and tried putting out the fire, says Gerome's supervisor, Julio Valdez.

"He was trying to extinguish the flames with the fire extinguisher, I guess he got too close; he inhaled some of the smoke," Valdez said.

That employee was treated and released.

Sixteen others were evaluated on scene while eight fire fighters also were seen by medical personal., one of whom went to the hospital for further evaluation.

Tucson Fire Captain Brain Delf says the hazmat situation could have been much worse, because the metals inside the drum were toxic and highly explosive.

"Powder aluminum, powder magnesium those are a couple of things you would find in fireworks," Delf said.

The fire was contained inside a fifty-five gallon steel drum.

Fire crews couldn't do much in this case but wait for hours until the fire put its self out.  

"With metal fires we can't use water or anything that is going to take humidity even form the air to try to extinguish it or cool the metals or it will explode," Delf said.

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