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A research lab at North Dakota State University has been temporarily closed after a chemical scare.

Students and staff were evacuated Friday afternoon from the Research II building at the school's Center for Nanoscience and Engineering. University administrator Philip Boudjouk told the Fargo Forum that work on high-capacity batteries led to a potentially dangerous chemical reaction.

Boudjouk says the chemical compound was contained to a small container. No injuries were reported.

The research area has been closed for cleaning.


HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO DARLINGTON CO METH BUST, esponds-to-darlington-co-meth-bust

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A dangerous drug lab was discovered in a seemingly quiet Hartsville neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Darlington County Deputies had the area roped off for much of the day while a clean-up team from Spartanburg came in to clear the hazardous materials.

Deputies say it was a dangerous situation not only for officials responding to the scene, but also to those living nearby.

"Every time we have a meth lab discovered, we have to call in a hazmat team that'll come in and clean this thing up," explains Captain Andy Locklair. "Day to day operations in law enforcement we don't have the training for that kind of stuff."


THREE LOCOMOTIVES OFF THE TRACKS BY GENERAL MILLS, tives-off-the-tracks-by-General-Mills-107599558.html

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Three Union Pacific locomotives derailed south of General Mills in southwest Cedar Rapids around 6 o'clock Friday evening.

Firefighters were notified of the derailment and arrived on the scene to find diesel fuel leaking out of the first locomotive. The locomotive was leaning off of the railroad tracks, but had not fallen on its side. The other two locomotives were upright, but off of the railroad tracks.

Approximately 1,000 to 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel leaked out of the fill cap of the first locomotive and accumulated in a natural ditch between two sets of railroad tracks. 

Firefighters, trained in hazardous materials response, were able to prevent the diesel from entering a nearby storm sewer.



A semi truck carrying two chemical tanks overturned in Kilkenny, Minn. releasing ammonia into the air.

According to the LeSueue County Sheriff's Department, just before 12 p.m. Friday, a truck carrying anhydrous ammonia overturned on 420th State Route. Deputies report one of the tanks valves opened during the accident and released the chemical.



Twenty-nine homes were evacuated and more than 500 residents were urged to stay indoors for about six hours Thursday when a barn filled with pest-control chemicals caught fire in Pedley.

The fire was reported at 10:17 a.m. in the 8600 block of 54th Street, off Pedley Road, the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said in a news release.

The barn contained 75 three-pound containers of aluminum phosphide, a chemical used to kill off infestations of rodents, specifically gophers, Fire Department Capt. Phil Rawlings said at the scene of the blaze. The owner of the home runs a pest-control business, he said.


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