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CAPAC, Mich. -- Local 4 crews are on the way to a hazmat situation involving an ammonium nitrate spill caused by a train derailment.
The train derailed early Monday morning in Capac, Mich. which is located in St. Clair County, between Port Huron and Flint.
St. Clair County Sheriff's said two cars derailed on a Canadian National train and spilled ammonium nitrate in fertilizer form.
No evacuations have been ordered.


KBOI NEWS/TALK 670 - BOISE, IDAHO,;itemid= 29630215

(ARCADIA, Ohio) -- A freight train carrying ethanol derailed near Arcadia, Ohio, early Sunday morning, causing more than a dozen tankers to catch fire and forcing nearby residents to evacuate their homes.

A fireball could be seen from up to 15 miles away. There were no immediate reports of injures.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman had to tell nearby residents to leave.

"We've evacuated several homes in the one-mile-square area,=" Heldman said. "We're asking everybody to stay away from that area.="


=C4=B0VEDIK FACTORY USED TO MANUFACTURE THINNER, y-used-to-manufacture-thinner.html

Turkey was shaken by two separate explosions in Ankara last Thursday. The first explosion took place in a construction machinery manufacturing plant in the Middle East Trade and Industry Center=E2=80=99s (OST=C4=B0M) Organized Industrial Zone. The explosion killed seven people and injured 34 others. A second explosion took place at the =C4=B0vedik Organized Industrial Zone, which is close to OST=C4=B0M. Thirteen workers were killed and 13 others were injured. Following the explosion at the paint-production plant, flames spread to the immediate neighborhood due to the paint thinner and dye bins nearby. Shortly after the deadly blasts claims emerged that the Asya Pasifik Kimya Tesisi (Asia Pacific Chemical Plant), where the second blast took place, had been illegally manufacturing paint thinner.

The owner of the factory, Yusuf =C3-z=C3=A7elik, confirmed that his factory had manufactured paint  thinner in the past but he denied that it was illegal. =C3-z=C3=A7elik said everything at his factory was produced through legal means and that the factory had a license from the Energy Market Regulatory Agency (EPDK).


HAZMAT CALL CLOSES SACRAMENTO STREET - KTXL, lines/ktxl-hazmat-call-closes-down-sacramento-streets-20110205,0,7171989.s tory

Sacramento City Firefighters are on the scene of a level 3 hazmat call of a possible chlorine dioxide leak at the UC Davis Health Center.

Dispatch received calls from employees on the 3700 block of Business Drive saying they began feeling nauseous at about 10 a.m.

Hazmat crews evacuated the building and are trying to determine the cause of the leak.

Fire Captain Jonathan Burgess tells FOX40 none of the employees had to be treated, he says they felt better after breathing fresh air. 

Business Drive is closed between 14th Avenue &amp; San Joaquin Street while crews investigate.



Fire brigade jawans take seven hours to rescue another labourer who slipped into the 125-feet-high boiler while trying to save colleague

Long ordeal: Fire brigade officials said the boiler contained a hot mixture of chemicals. Pic/Sushant Kulkarni

Fire brigade officials rescued a labourer who =C2=94in order to save another man trapped inside a 12.5 feet high chemical boiler =C2=94had slipped inside the boiler.
The incident took place at ROC Chemicals private limited company located at Nasrapur, about 40 km from the city. According to the police, the company deals with chemical paints and is owned by a man named Pandit.

Fire brigade jawans had got a call at around 4.40 pm yesterday evening that two people had fallen in a chemical boiler. Chief Fire Officer Prashant Ranpise along with his team comprising of two fire tenders and about 10 jawans reached the spot and started the rescue operation.


MAN BURNED BY CHEMICAL FROM PEPPER SPRAY CAN - SAN DIEGO NEWS STORY - KGTV SAN DIEGO, http://www.10news .com/news/26736857/detail.html

SAN DIEGO -- A janitor suffered a minor chemical burn Thursday when contents of a can of pepper spray he fished out of a trash can at a Hillcrest mall spewed onto him.
The 45-year-old maintenance man reported being doused on the hand by the caustic liquid at the Hillcrest Cinemas complex in the 3900 block of Fifth Avenue just before noon, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Medics washed the patch of the man's skin contacted by the chemical, then took him to a hospital for a precautionary evaluation, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.



Hundreds of people were affected by the incident at the 3M factory, on Standard Way Industrial Estate, in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

It is understood the leak involved 600 litres of waterbased resin, which triggered an automatic fire alarm, resulting in a 400m exclusion zone being put in place.

A security guard was the only person inside the factory at the time. No one was injured.

...Emergency services said there was no danger to the public, although nearby residents were advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed.

Neighbouring businesses were also affected, with staff unable to get into their premises.

Inspector John Wilkinson, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "The chemical released was a mild irritant and there was no risk of harm.

"Thanks to the co-operation, understanding and patience of local people and businesses, we were able to bring the incident to a safe and swift conclusion.="

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and is expected to investigate, while 3M will carry out its own investigation.


CHEMICAL SPILLAGE AT BEWDLEY COMPANY (FROM KIDDERMINSTER SHUTTLE), ocal/8834643.Chemical_spillage_at_Bewdley_company/

ONE person was taken to hospital after a chemical spillage at a Bewdley company.

Hereford &amp; Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&amp;WFRS) was called at about 12.30pm this afternoon to reports of a chemical spill at a company in Long Bank.

Fire engines from Kidderminster and Tenbury Wells attended, along with the Environmental Protection Unit from Stourport and the Incident Support Unit from Droitwich.

They found that two small five litre containers of the chemical methylene chloride had been spilled at the premises and that the company had safely dealt with the incident themselves.

Station Commander Dave Williams, from H&amp;WFRS, said: "The company had excellent procedures in place to deal with a chemical spill of this nature, and they managed to contain the spillage and ventilate the factory effectively.="



CHARLESTON, S. C. (WCIV) -- The Hollings Science Center on the campus of the College of Charleston has been re-opened after being evacuated due to a reported chemical leak.

According to Mike Robertson, College of Charleston spokesman, a chemistry class was working on an experiment, mixing chemicals and heat when a toxic cloud formed.

Hazmat crews were called to the scene on Coming Street.  According to Robertson, once the chemicals used in the experiment cooled, they were to be removed from the building. 

Robertson says today's incident is something the staff is trained and prepared for.

"It's something we expect."

Additionally, he says, the staff members took the proper precaution to ensure everyone's safety.

"They contacted the officials like they're supposed to and we closed down the area and evacuated everyone in a pretty quick period of time."

No injuries were reported.

Friday's evacuation marks the second time the building has been evacuated due to a chemical or gas leak in less than a month.

On January 11, gas lines in the area of The Hollings Science Center were damaged and the building was evacuated.


WORKER BURNED IN PROPANE TANK EXPLOSION AT SAINT-GOBAIN =C2=BB LOCAL NEWS =C2=BB NIAGARA GAZETTE, 9187/Worker-burned-in-propane-tank-explosion-at-Saint-Gobain

WHEATFIELD =E2=80=94 A small fire inside a Town of Wheatfield manufacturing plant caused "serious=" burns to one worker who was rushed to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight Friday afternoon.

Firefighters and local Haz-Mat crews responded to a call of an "explosion=E2=80 =9D at about 2 p.m. at the Saint-Gobain Ekonol Plant located at 6600 Walmore Road.

When they arrived on the scene, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said the reported explosion turned out to be a small fire that apparently erupted when a forklift operator accidentally bumped into a 55-gallon drum containing a mixture of chemicals.

Voutour said the driver, whose name was not released by authorities or company officials, attempted, unsuccessfully, to douse the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

"There was a forklift that was operating and it backed into some plastic containers full of waste and those chemicals ignited a small fire,=" Voutour said. "Unfortunately, the driver of the forklift was burned in the incident.="


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