at Highway 86 and Austin Road was tied up until almost 6:00 am. There
were no injuries reported, but the CHP says the semi spilled its fuel
when it rolled. The Hazmat team was called to clean up the diesel fuel
spill. Brawley fire was called to monitor the situation. The Highway
Patrol says it took almost two hours to get a tow truck to the scene big
enough to handle a semi and it=92s trailers. Traffic was reduced to one
lane at the Twin Bridges until 5:55 Thursday morning.
The River Rhine has re-opened to
shipping in both directions for the first time since a motorised barge
capsized three weeks ago.
The Waldhof was carrying 2,400
tonnes of sulphuric acid when it capsized.
Since the incident, ships have
been allowed to sail upstream past the wreck on a controlled
Downstream traffic was halted until yesterday
because of fears of acid, or hydrogen, on board the vessel causing an
The incident is reported to have caused a backlog of
more than 400 vessels, including bulk cargo barges and laden inland
container vessels bound for ports including Rotterdam, and has resulted
in numerous shipping companies switching to alternative transport
methods in order to move goods.
Salvage officials began removing
acid from the Waldhof today, with plans for it to be hoisted by crane
out of the river upon completion.
According to officials, up to 50
barges a day are being allowed to sail downstream after salvers managed
to remove hydrogen from all seven tanks on the sunken tanker.
WARRENTON, N.C. =97 A fire at a
farm supply store in downtown Warrenton still smoldered Thursday, more
than 12 hours after it started, prompting the closure of schools and
evacuation of homes and businesses.
"It's gone. Southern States is
gone. It's sad," said Milton Cooper, a Division of Motor Vehicles
inspector who directed traffic during the fire in the store at 216 W.
let the fire burn itself out Thursday because of concerns that spraying
more water on the building would let chemicals run into the town's water
supply, authorities said. The store sold hazardous and flammable
materials, including fertilizer, aerosols, propane and
"We were not sure exactly what all types of hazards
we had in there, as far as chemical-wise, which we did not want to wash
down into our water system and get into the creeks," Warren County
Assistant Fire Chief Lee Edmonds said.
A Maryport hairdresser has lost
everything after her salon was destroyed by a freak fire that may have
been caused by more than 40 years of chemical build-up.
Although investigations have not
yet been completed, fire safety officers visited other salons in
Maryport on Monday to make them aware of the situation and to check
Owner Lorraine Hetherington said she has also been
told that what happened at Hairport on Curzon Street would be used as a
cautionary tale throughout Britain.
Mrs Hetherington said the fire
started with a small puff of smoke on Saturday morning. There were three
customers in the shop and the hairdryer had been put on for a woman who
had almost finished having her hair curled.
Mrs Hetherington said: =93I saw
this puff of smoke coming from the dryer. It was honestly no worse than
someone who might have been blowing out cigarette smoke.=94
procedure, putting a smoke blanket over the dryer and telling her
stylist to call 999.
She added: =93They laughed at me because it was only
a puff of smoke but then, within minutes, it got thick and black. We
didn=92t really see flames, just thick, black smoke.=94
RESIDENTS have been told to stay
in their homes and keep windows and doors shut following a fire chemical
Fire crews were called to Ferrari Electroplating, in
Bury Road, Radcliffe, at 8.45pm when a vat containing 2,500 litres of
copper sulphate set alight.
More than 30 firefighters worked
for three hours to tackle the blaze and stop it spreading further into
A cordon was set up around the warehouse and people
living nearby were advised to keep their doors and windows closed to
protect them from any toxic fumes.
No-one was in the factory at the
time of the fire and the cause of it is now under
SAN DIEGO =97 A maintenance
worker in a Hillcrest movie theater complex suffered a minor chemical
burn and two people were nearly overcome by fumes from a can rigged to
spew pepper spray Thursday, fire officials said.
can=92s trigger was =93deliberately configured=94 to keep spraying the
irritating chemical, said Maurice Luque, San Diego Fire Rescue
=93It=92s basically an assault situation,=94 Luque
said. =93Potentially, it could be a felony. Pepper spray can cause burns
and respiratory problems.=94
BBC NEWS - WARNING OVER CHEMICAL
SPILL FUMES, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-12356500
tackling a chemical leak at an industrial estate in Northallerton have
warned residents to stay indoors.
Fumes containing a mild irritant
leaked from the premises on the Standard Way Industrial Estate following
a chemical reaction at 0615 GMT, police said.
A 400m cordon
is in place and the nearby A167 has been closed.
said there was no risk of harm to the public but nearby residents should
They are being told to remain indoors with closed
Police said they were patrolling the area to ensure
no motorists or pedestrians stopped there.
NEW DELHI: A boiler blast at an
illegal garment-making unit in south Delhi which the police initially
said was a minor accident, has killed 20 people so far, the victims'
families claimed on Thursday. The police say 12 people have died of
burns suffered in the January 25 fire, allegedly triggered by a chemical
leak that knocked out workers before a blast set the factory
The families allege that the administration is
trying to play down the tragedy that's becoming grimmer by the day. Two
workers died on Thursday while 11 are still admitted in the burns ward
of Safdarjung Hospital with 60% to 85% burns.
factory at Tughlaqabad Extension ran with the tacit support of the
administration, the victims' kin claimed. The victims were workers on
the top floor which housed a packaging unit for the garment export
factory. Residents at gali number 24, Tughlaqabad, claimed that they had
so far counted 20 dead in the tragedy.
A Ligonier man has been charged
after attempting suicide in a public place using hydrogen
Somerset Borough police said Glen A. Gill, 41,
Gravel Hill Road, parked his truck in the Somerset County Assistance
Office parking lot along Stayrook Street Jan. 15.
sent to that location for a suicide attempt at 8:24 a.m. When police
arrived, they were advised that Gill had hung a hand-written note on his
truck stating =93Do Not Enter =97 Call Hazmat =97 Hydrogen Sulfide
Inside.=94 Known as detergent suicide, hydrogen sulfide is created when
certain household cleaners are mixed together.
LAGUNA, N.M. -- The eastbound
lanes of Interstate 40 are back open after a dual-vessel gas tanker
truck rolled early Wednesday morning.
truck and its tanks were blocking I-40 lanes and had to be unloaded
before being removed.
More than 100 gallons of
fuel spilled, so hazmat teams were called to help with the clean
NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A
portion of Route 119 in North Union Township was closed Tuesday night
while Hazmat and PennDot crews cleaned a feuel leak.
According to state police, a truck lost a portion of
its load while traveling northbound on Route 119, shortly before 6:30
A tractor trailer struck part of
the load which damaged it fuel tank and caused nearly 100 gallons of
fuel to leak onto the highway.
A major fire broke out at
Buneesha Chemicals at Taloja in Navi Mumbai at 12.30pm on Wednesday. It
took the firemen about six hours to contain the fire. The cooling
process, however, continued late into the night. This comes less that a
month after a massive fire broke out at the Indian Oil Corporation=92s
plant in the same area.
Chemicals situated at J-37 in the Maharashtra Industrial Development
Corporation (MIDC) area was engulfed by the fire within
Even as fire tenders rushed to the spot, the raging
fire spread and engulfed the neighbouring Rachna Agro-Chemicals
Firemen, however, claimed to have prevented it from
spreading to three other units =97 Modi Pharma Pvt Ltd (J39), Taloja
Petrochemicals (J41), and DC Dyes (J43).
1 (PTI) Four fire brigade officials wereinjured while dousing fire at a
chemical company in Panoliindustrial area of Ankleshwar town today,
The incident took place at a plant of
MeghmaniOrganics which manufactures colour pigments, they
According to fire officials, while packaging was
goingon in the beta plant of the company, fire broke out all of asudden,
causing commotion among the workers there.
The fire was so intense that it
also spread to thewarehouse adjacent to the beta plant where it
furtherintensified due to chemical solvents stored there, fireofficials
Four fire officials who had gone to douse the
firesustained burn injuries in the incident, they said.
been rushed to the civil hospital forfurther treatment, they
A family was
overcome by chemical fumes and had to be rescued by firefighters after
two cleaning products were mixed together at an Oxfordshire
Crews were called to a house in Clare, near
Watlington, on Tuesday afternoon.
The house was cordoned off and
two adults and a child were taken to hospital.
Fire and Rescue Service said two cleaning products, including a drain
unblocker, had been mixed together creating chlorine gas.
Crews wore specialist equipment
and breathing apparatus to clear up the chemicals.
Commander and station manager Gary D'Anger said: "The occupants had been
using a chemical drain blocker and mixed this with a cleaning product to
cleanse a waste pipe.
"These two chemicals produced a very toxic chlorine
gas which caused the occupiers breathing difficulties.
chemicals and gases can be produced by mixing different cleaning
products together which can cause very serious and sometime permanent
"Always follow the instructions on the bottle and
never mix cleaning products".
All lanes of Highway 23 are open
after cleanup of a chemical spill was completed Tuesday morning,
according to the California Highway Patrol.
At about 7 a.m., the Moorpark
CHP office received a report of a one-gallon container whose contents,
which was later identified as hydrochloric acid and silica, had spilled
in the southbound traffic lanes, causing a chemical cloud.
In a press
release, the CHP said it closed both sides of the highway while the
Ventura County Fire Department identified and neutralized the chemicals.
Southbound traffic was diverted off at Avenida de Los Arboles and Janss
Road. The north and southbound Freeway 101 transitions to Highway 23
were also closed.
SD - A pickup collided with an 18-wheeler pulling two trailers, sending
the the truck out of control and causing a chemical spill. Eight hours
later the crash, between 12th and 26th street, was still being
The semi was hauling two tanks of liquid fertilizer.
The second tank was turned on its side and emergency officials say more
than a thousand gallons of the fertilizer spilled into the
It's all because of a slick spot on roads that
"There was a crash between the two vehicles. The
semi-truck and trailers ended up in the median," South Dakota Highway
Patrol Captain Kevin Joffer said.
There were no injuries or damage
from a 30-gallon propane tank leak in West York, said Neil Gunnet, the
borough's fire department chief.
were called shortly after 3:30 p.m. to the 1600 block of King Street,
where propane gas was leaking from one of the tanks on a Continental
catering truck. The tank's valve was damaged and there was no way to
stop the vapor from leaking, Gunnet said.
vented out and we stood by to make sure there was no damage to anything
or no sparks," he said. "We blocked off the area. We checked (nearby)
homes and buildings to make sure everything was OK. There were no
A report of a hazardous
materials leak sent the Kennewick Fire Department to Kennewick=92s Oak
Street Industrial Park at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The leak of
sulfur dioxide, a heavier than air gas used in processing wine corks,
happened at CorkTec, 1426 E. 3rd Ave.
=93The gas is a bio corrosive
meaning it=92s hazardous to people,=94 said Battalion Chief Mike
Sulfer dioxide is commonly used to clean equipment
used in wine making. CorkTec uses the gas when sealing bags of wine
=93The vessel had a loose top which allowed the gas
to leak,=94 Barnett said, adding that =93the two workers evacuated the
building and called 911.=94
PENNSVILLE TWP. =97 Police and hazardous materials
emergency units responded to Siegfried USA on Industrial Park Road here
Tuesday after a vent line containing bleach vapors
The incident took place at 11:55 a.m. during the
process of making a drug substance manufactured safely for many years at
the site, according to Rita van Eck, director of Human Resources at
The leak was immediately contained and member of
Siegfried=92s site emergency response team responded to the building
where the incident took place, according to van Eck.
All lanes of Highway 23 in Thousand Oaks were
reopened by 10:10 a.m. Tuesday after pool-cleaning acid spilled from a
truck, creating a chemical cloud that stopped traffic in both
directions, authorities said.
A one-gallon container of
muriatic acid fell out of a southbound truck just before 7 a.m. on the
southbound lanes between Janss Road and Hillcrest Avenue, authorities
The northbound lanes were reopened shortly after 8
a.m., said Miguel Duarte, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol
A spokesman for the Enoree Fire Department says that
the two employees of the company were loading a product into a mixer at
the plant when the product combusted and "flashed" at them.
The employees were taken to the hospital, but had to
be flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta due to their
Updated, January 31, 2010, 6:17 a.m.
are trying to find out what caused a fire at an Upstate chemical plant.
They hope to have more information on Monday.
started Sunday afternoon at the Henkel Corporation plant off Highway 221
in Enoree in Spartanburg county. The plant makes industrial
BHARUCH: Seven fire fighters from various agencies
suffered burns and had to be hospitalised after battling a major blaze
in the Meghmani Organics Ltd at Panoli industrial estate near Ankleshwar
on Tuesday. They were injured when chemical drums exploded in the
The fire broke out at 6.45 am and could not be
controlled till 2 pm. The flames could be seen from far and dense black
smoke spread over a radius of one km. Traffic on the busy national
highway No. 8 was held up for an hour because of the fire. Alarmed
workers from nearby factories and villagers came out and were alarmed of
the situation, said Zakir Hussain, an eye witness.
More than 20
tankers and fire tenders from Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Panoli, Jhagadia and
also from the nearby factories rushed to the spot. Fire brigade
personnel said the exact cause of the fire was not known but they faced
difficulties in bringing the flames under control due to its volatile
were killed and another person was seriously injured in an explosion in
a chemical plant in Kudus village in Wada taluka of Thane district of
Maharashtra, police said today.
The blast occurred on Sunday afternoon, police
were identified as Dhananjay Patil (50), the manager, and Sanjay
Palshikar (28), lab-in-charge.
Another worker Ravindra Gaikar (35), who received
severe burn injuries, was rushed to a local hospital.
The cause of the explosion is
yet to be ascertained and investigations were on, police
CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 31
(UPI) -- Troubled Venezuelan defense manufacturer CAVIM faces renewed
disruptions in its plans to revamp its operations after explosions and
fire gutted one of its main depots in the northern city of Maracay, 80
miles west of Caracas.
The blasts and fire left one woman dead and three
others with injuries.
Senior aides to President Hugo Chavez announced a
comprehensive investigation was under way but couldn't say if the blasts
and fire were accidental or the result of sabotage. There were no
immediate reports of arrests.
The explosions occurred late
Sunday and engulfed the arms depot buildings, witnesses told Venezuelan
Authorities evacuated about 10,000 inhabitants of
the Maracay district where the depot is located. State Gov. Rafael Isea
announced all civilian structures within a 5-mile radius were cleared as
part of a security operation that went on for seven hours.
The people were injured at
Hoeganaes Corporation, a business near Steam Plant Road, at about 5
Some sort of fire involving
chemical caused the workers to be burned to more than 95 percent of
their bodies, said Sumner County authorities. The injured employees were
taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville in critical
"I've got two men injured," said
a person who called 911. "One, his clothes are mostly burned
The caller said skin was peeling
off the workers.
The fire at the plant was under
control by noon.
On the company's website, it
calls itself the "world leader in the production of atomized steel and
"The thoughts and concerns of
the entire GKN/Hoeganaes Company are extended to the family and friends
as well as all of our employees who are our primary concern at times
such as these," Hoeganaes Corporation said in a statement.
Authorities are on the scene of
a chemical spill inside a building in the Lafayette Regional Industrial
No one was injured in the incident, which happened
in a building that produces cosmetics and cosmetic materials.
spokesman for the Lafayette Fire Department, said the chemical is
toluene and is leaking from a container in the building.
has been evacuated, and employees in surrounding buildings are being
told to remain inside. The chemical is considered highly flammable and
has leaked into portions of the first and second floors.
This is not
the first time authorities have been called to the business for a
similar situation, Trahan said.