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FUEL SPILL STRANDED MOTORISTS ON I-75 - NEWS STORY - WHIO DAYTON, http://www.whiotv .com/news/25993867/detail.html

DAYTON, Ohio -- Interstate 75 in downtown Dayton turned into a parking lot for nearly two hours while crews dealt with a large diesel fuel spill that lasted into Thursday morning.
Police received calls about 11:15 Wednesday night concerning problems on southbound 75 right near Main Street.
Officers discovered a big rig with a ruptured side fuel tank on his cab. Dozens of gallons of diesel fuel were rolling across the highway.


SPILL OF SULFURIC ACID SHUTS I-25 - THE DENVER POST, http://www.denverpost. com/news/ci_16766000

About 250 gallons of sulfuric acid leaked onto Interstate 25 and into its drainage systems Thursday night.

Crews are finishing the cleanup today and trying to determine the damage and environmental impact.

The leak, in the northbound lanes between South Washington Street and South Broadway, closed I-25 at South University Boulevard for several hours, and the northbound lanes remained closed late Thursday.

Phil Champagne, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said a semi hauling about 38,000 pounds of sulfuric acid was leaking the corrosive chemical as it drove along the interstate, and other motorists reported the leak.

Champagne called it a "considerable spill."



Explosions could be heard for miles.

Residents were turned away from their homes.

Madera County Sheriff's Deputies say it's all because of what was found inside an Oakhurst home in the area of Highway 41 and Highway 49.

"The only thing that I can tell you that they have been able to confirm is yes, this is a hazmat situation, it is not a bomb scare," Erica Stuart, Madera County Sheriff's Department, said.

Deputies were first called to the home Wednesday, after receiving reports of pipe bomb inside.

The pipe bomb turned out to be something else.

But what they did find warranted a call to several different agencies.

"You've got fire, you've got the bomb squad, you have hazmat, environmental health, you have the sheriff's department," Stuart said.

Deputies are being tight lipped about what exactly was found inside the home.


13 JARS OF MERCURY FOUND UNDER HOME, 0/Mercury-found-under-home.asp

TROY =97 Officials have determined there was no danger to a neighborhood after 13 Mason jars filled with mercury were discovered at a home in the 2200 block of East Square Lake, east of John R, in Troy.

A couple recently purchased the house and discovered a Mason jar of mercury inside the home filled with 10 pounds of mercury. They reportedly buried the jar in the backyard, but did not open the jar or break the glass, said Troy Police Lt. Bob Redmond.

The couple called police Nov. 29 when they discovered 12 more jars of mercury buried in the crawl space under the home when they tore up floorboards during a renovation project, Redmond said. Those jars were not opened, and the glass was intact, according to police.

Troy police and fire officers from the hazmat team responded and tested the air in the home and determined that it exceeded safe levels and was unsafe for human occupancy. Readings taken outside the home registered =93zero=94 level of mercury, police said.


EXPERTS HONE PLAN TO BURN DOWN CHEMICAL-LADEN HOUSE - SIGNONSANDIEGO.COM, dec/01/county-keeping-weather-eye-bomb-factory-house-plan/

ESCONDIDO =97 Experts in everything from air pollution to fire barriers honed a complex plan Wednesday to burn the =93bomb factory=94 home on the north edge of Escondido. While they don=92t have a turnkey strategy to deal with a situation of this rarity, explosives experts said the developing blueprint seems solid.

=93The plan is tight,=94 said Neal Langerman, a San Diego-based chemistry expert.

The three-bedroom home on Via Scott is so cluttered with dangerous chemicals =97 all of which terrorists have used to make explosives =97 that incinerating the home is the only way to safely remove everything, authorities said.

County leaders said they don=92t know how much the operation will cost.

The prescribed fire is expected early next week, but county air officials said it won=92t start until the winds are blowing about 3 mph toward lesser-populated areas to the east and there=92s no inversion layer that could trap smoke. That=92s usually the case in the late morning.

=93It=92s all science-based and theoretical right now, and I think the challenge is to make sure the proper public safety precautions are being taken,=94 said Don Plain, head of emergency response for the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. =93It=92s an unknown situation, to a certain extent. This is a variable that has people, I think, a little nervous, but I don=92t really think (officials) have another option.=94

The house was rented by George Djura Jakubec, 54, who is being held on $5 million bail on 28 counts, mostly for manufacturing or possessing explosives. He has pleaded not guilty.


TEEN, NURSE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL AT LOWER EAST SIDE SCHOOL - DNAINFO.COM, s-taken-hospital-after-chemical-spill-at-lower-east-side-high-school

LOWER EAST SIDE =97 A high school student and a school nurse were taken to the hospital Thursday after a chemical spill in a school chemistry lab at Lower East Side high school, fire and school officials said.

A 16-year-old Marta Valle High School student got a substance called Benedict's Reagent on her arm, school officials said. 

The chemical is used in experiments with sugars. It can cause an irritation of the skin, school officials said.

The tenth grader and the school nurse were taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center as a precaution, the FDNY said.


AN EARLY MORNING FIRE DESTROYS A PANAMA CITY BUSINESS, http://www.wjhg .com/home/headlines/111190724.html

A Panama City business is destroyed in an overnight fire. Firemen are still at the scene of the blaze at Affordable Transmissions on North East Ave.
The fire started around midnight and took close to four hours to bring under control. Fire fighters from several departments responded to the alarm and were hampered by the freezing weather and chemical gases inside the business.

The shop was listed as a total loss, includuing equipment and customers vehicles locked inside.

Several fire fighters were treated from smoke inhalation and minor injuries. The State Fire Marshal investigators are currently at the scene sifting the the rubble trying to determine what was the cause of the blaze.


BETHLEHEM POLICE: CHEMICALS POSED 'A GRAVE RISK OF DEATH' - TIMES UNION, thlehem-police-Chemicals-posed-a-grave-risk-850223.php

BETHLEHEM -- A Bethlehem man whose brother was badly burned in a chemical-fueled fire last year was arraigned on felony and misdemeanor charges after police said they linked him to a stockpile of volatile -- and potentially deadly -- chemicals found Tuesday in his apartment building.

Bethlehem police said the collection of chemicals they found in Jason D. Sanchez's storage area in the basement of his Cherry Arms apartment building posed "a grave risk of death" to other residents in the Delaware Avenue complex.

"He had apparently been setting up some type of laboratory in there," Deputy Police Chief Timothy Beebe said. While investigators have not determined what Sanchez, 24, intended to build, Beebe said "the potential for danger was high" and that the setup did not appear to be a makeshift laboratory for manufacturing crystal meth.

Sanchez is a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechic Institute and a teachers assistant at Albany's William S. Hackett Middle School.

Confiscated from the basement were acetone, Xylene, sulfuric acid, a propane torch, butane fuel and laboratory-grade nitric acid, Beebe said at a news conference Wednesday.



A hazmat situation at the Cherry Arms Apartment complex in Delmar created quite a scene on Tuesday, and now police have made an arrest.

Twenty-four-year-old Jason Sanchez is facing a number of charges after police say they found dangerous chemicals in the basement.

While there are some answers, police still have a lot of questions in the investigation.

David Cohen of Delmar says, "It's idiotic."

Many who live in the Town of Bethlehem are shocked that Sanchez allegedly had dangerous chemicals in the basement of his apartment building. 

Cohen says, "there should be some way of checking where they came from."

Police say what they found in the basement called for multiple agencies to respond. Police say they seized acetone, xylene, laboratory grade nitric acid, sulfuric acid, a propane torch and butane, along with a homemade commercial grade vacuum chamber.



ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- Mass evacuations, the closing of a major freeway and containment of flames are just a few of the logistics being worked out in advance of the burning of a North County house that's been called a homemade bomb factory.
Officials have been holding meetings behind closed doors as they try to organize the huge operation planned for next week. On Thursday, crews will begin cutting back trees and brush around the house on Via Scott.
The burn was planned after bomb technicians and Hazmat crews discovered homemade explosives and hazardous chemicals strewn throughout the house rented by 54-year-old George Jakubec, who according to a search warrant released Wednesday confessed to robbing three banks and trying to rob one of them twice.
Pictures taken inside the house showed clutter on every surface. Mixed in with that clutter, were grenade casings, a jar of explosives, blasting caps, and chemicals. A huge wall will be built around the entire house before firefighters light the house in fire.



RIEGELWOOD, NC (WECT) - A fire in part of the Momentive plant, formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, in Riegelwood is under control Wednesday afternoon.

The fire broke out before noon in what is called a dryer in the chemical plant, according to the facility's site leader.  A dryer in that plant is not what is commonly known as a dryer in a household.  There was no damage to the building.

According to Columbus County Emergency Services Director Jeremy Jernigan, there were no injuries.  At this point, officials are not sure of the cause.

Workers at the plant plan to spend the afternoon checking other pieces of equipment on the property. 


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Insurers are concerned as claims resulting from P lab activity are on the rise

The Insurance Council is alarmed that the number of claims for damage to property from P lab activity is increasing.

Property damage from P labs is caused by the chemical contamination that results from the cook-up process and, in worst cases houses may need to be demolished.

There are also a number of instances of fire damage due to P lab explosions.

Insurance Council spokesman, Terry Jordan, says property losses are becoming more significant and insurers are becoming increasingly concerned about the extent of these losses.

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