Both directions of Interstate 71
are reopened on the north side after a hazmat incident that hospitalized
six people, including four law enforcement officers.
the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, the incident began as a traffic
stop on I-71 south near Polaris Parkway.
During the traffic stop,
deputies said they noticed an odd smell.
Inside the car, they found a
suspected mobile meth lab along with chemicals powdered lidocaine and
magnesium carbonate. They also found bath salts inside.
enforcement officers were transported to OSU Medical Center for
decontamination. All four have been released.
An ammonia leak led to the
evacuation of a large plant in east Tulsa.
Hazmat crews were called in
around 2:00 Thursday afternoon at the Tulsa Cold Storage plant near
Admiral and 145th East Avenue.
Employees smelled a strong odor
and several reported "feeling funny."
The building was quickly
evacuated until the leaking valve could be shut off.
helped disperse the ammonia, so nearby homes were never in any
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - An ammonia
leak at the Wayne Farms West plant in Decatur forced the an evacuation
of its employees Thursday morning.
Decatur fire was called to the
plant around midnight. Fire trucks and HAZMAT crews responded but Wayne
Farms had already contained the leak internally.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Authorities said
no one was injured in a fire at Great Plains Polymer after flames broke
out in the chimney Thursday.
Assistant Fire Marshal James Gentile, the call came in shortly before
4:30 p.m. Because the fire involved a magnesium product, firefighters
had to use chemical extinguishers to battle the flames, officials
Greensboro, NC -- A worker at
the Sherwin-Williams plant on Stage Coach Trail was burned in a flash
fire Thursday morning.
Greensboro Assistant Fire Chief Clarence Hunter said
the worker, who hasn't been identified, suffered burns to his arms and
face. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital for treatment.
fire investigators believe some chemical vapors ignited, but the cause
of the actual spark is still unknown.
There was no damage to the plant
structure. Hunter said Greensboro fire crews responded to help ventilate
the building. He said the plant's own ventilation system kicked shortly
after the initial fire.
NASHUA - Firefighters were
dispatched to BAE Systems at 65 Spitbrook Road to evaluate three persons
after a minor chemical spill involving "some kind of acid" this morning,
according to radio transmissions.
was reported shortly before 7 a.m. People at the firm told fire
dispatchers the spill had been contained, and security officers would
escort rescuers inside, to evaluate three affected people. Firefighters
promptly reported back that the incident was under control, and that
four people had "minimal to no contact" with the chemical, but needed to
be taken to a hospital to be checked out to comply with company
Hazardous materials officials gave the all-clear after examining a
structure fire at Konica Minolta in Goshen where copy toner dust had
The building=92s 40 employees were evacuated from
the building at 51 Hatfield Lane just after the fire began at about
11:15 a.m. Thursday.
Goshen Fire Chief Jeremy Cohen said workers, who
were taking apart the factory=92s manufacturing line, accidently ignited
with a blow torch residual toner dust inside a pipe they were
dismantling. Firefighters arrived to find only smoke at the scene, he
Cohen called in Orange County Hazmat officials, who
examined the site and gave it an all-clear for any chemical hazards, he
A safety coordinator for the company said that the
building ceased manufacturing print toner in December and that the
factory now only packages and distributes the material imported from
A fire at a chemical plant west of Bakersfield, is
raising new concerns about the safety of the facility.
morning fire Wednesday at Hondo Chemical is just the latest at the
plant, which has had several fires and other violations in the
Employees at the Hondo Chemical facility on
Stockdale Hwy. called 911 after hearing several explosions. When county
firefighters arrived, there was fire and smoke. They determined it was
sulfur, contained in a cement sump.
Although no one was hurt, County
Environmental Health Director Matt Constantine says he is very
"This is yet another event at this facility that we
have strong concerns about the ability to properly manage chemicals
safely," said Constantine.
In 2007, county officials
discovered the company was storing hazardous waste without a permit and
ordered the owner, Jess Karr, to clean up his act.
DOUGLASS (Mont.) =97 An investigation is under way
to determine what caused a Wednesday morning fire at a metal
manufacturing plant on County Line Road just outside
Emergency responders were dispatched to Cabot Inc.
for a blaze that broke out in a chemical dust collector shortly before
Tim Knapp, manager of safety, health and environment
for Cabot, said crews had the fire controlled and out within five
minutes after arriving to the scene, giving an all-clear at around 11
The dust collector where the fire began contained
tantalum, a chemical used in the company=92s metal manufacturing
process, he said.
Although it was initially thought dust had escaped
the plant during the fire, Knapp said it was only smoke, not chemicals
that were released into the air.
-- A chemical reaction caused a fire Wednesday that damaged a Norfolk
The fire broke out at 11:33 p.m.
at a home at 308 Eighth Street. A passer-by noticed flames in a window
and called 911.
The Norfolk Fire Division said
in a statement released Thursday that upon arrival, firefighters
encountered smoke and fire in the front room of the home.
Firefighters had the fire, which was contained to
the immediate front room area, under control within minutes.
The home, which was being renovated by owners Ron
Pettitt and Dale Primrose, was not occupied at the time of the
Investigators determined that
wood finishing stain and varnish in close proximity caused a chemical
reaction, which sparked the blaze.
Part of central Dunedin was cordoned off tonight as
firefighters worked to clear a chemical spill at Speight's
Acting Fire Station officer Martin Jansen said about
20 firefighters were still at the scene tonight tackling the spillage of
300 litres of nitrobrite, a highly corrosive cleaning chemical, which
was reacting with the container it was stored in.
firefighters were attempting to dilute the substance so they could shift
it to another container and dispose of it.
JANESVILLE =97 About eight people were evacuated
from a Janesville chemical company Wednesday after a fire inside the
The Janesville Fire Department went to DeVere Co.,
1923 Beloit Ave., at 11:21 a.m. after sodium chlorite, moisture and
cardboard combined to create a small fire, Capt. Jim Dennis
Employees were quickly evacuated, and no one was
injured, he said. Most employees went home for the rest of the
The chemicals didn't create a hazard in the building
or air, although Kellogg Avenue east of Beloit Avenue was temporarily
closed as a precaution, Dennis said. Beloit Avenue heading north from
Kellogg Avenue also was closed.
No nearby homes or businesses
were evacuated, he said.
"It's a dangerous chemical, and
you wouldn't want to breathe it, but we had no issues with that," Dennis
said. "Everyone was protected."
Feb 17 (bdnews24.com
) =97 Two people
have suffered serious burn injuries in an explosion at a factory in
Raiganj upazila of the district.
Police said the explosion
occurred in a fake fertiliser factory around 11pm on
The injured were identified as factory owner
'Jewel', 26, and his associate 'Jahangir', 25.
taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in a critical
Jahangir, who suffered minor injuries, went into
hiding fearing arrest.
Police superintendent of Raiganj
circle Mahfuzzaman Ashraf told bdnews24.com
that the explosion took
place as chemical came in contact of fire.
An explosion of fireworks inside
a Glendale Heights home forced police to evacuate nearly a dozen homes
in the neighborhood on Wednesday.
is reportedly not to blame for touching off the morning explosion at the
home in the 400 block of East Altgeld Avenue.
The 56-year-old homeowner was found right inside the
door of the home and was rushed to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in
Downers Grove. Inside, police said the home was full of fireworks,
prompting hazardous materials crews and federal agents to be brought
"There's a sufficient amount of
fireworks in the house that we felt it was appropriate to call the bomb
squad and for them to clear and make sure everything is safe in the
building," said Dep. Chief Tom Bialas.
COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Four students were taken to the hospital
after a Hazmat situation at Snow College.
Police in Sanpete County say the
students were in the Science Building when they passed
Hazmat crews quarantined the other students and
teachers in the building to be checked out.
Investigators are now looking
into possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
story out of Oscoda County involving an oil spill.
from Zimowske Road to Valley Road is shut down after a tanker truck
carrying crude oil flipped.
The sheriff says the trucker
lost control around a corner and the truck ended up on its
Authorities estimate between 4,000-5,000 gallons of
crude oil have spilled. The semi was carrying approximately 15,000
A private clean up crew from Kalkaska is on the
scene and expect to be working through the night. The Department of
Environmental Quality and HAZMAT crews are also there, overseeing the
BOYERTOWN =97 An investigation is under way to
determine what caused a Wednesday morning fire at a Boyertown metal
manufacturing plant on County Line Road.
Emergency responders were
dispatched to Cabot Inc. for a blaze that broke out in a chemical dust
collector shortly before 10:30 a.m.
Tim Knapp, manager of safety,
health and environment for Cabot, said crews had the fire controlled and
out within five minutes after arriving on the scene, giving an all-clear
around 11 a.m.
The dust collector where the fire began contained
Tantalum, a chemical used in the company=92s metal manufacturing
process, he said. Although it was initially thought dust had escaped the
plant during the fire, Knapp said it was only smoke, not chemicals that
were released into the air.
No one was injured during the
fire and employees were evacuated from the building adjacent to the dust
collector, he said.
Laboratory fire at pharmaceutical company sent ten
Copenhagen fire fighters to hospital
The Copenhagen Fire Brigade has
begun an internal investigation into how ten of its fire fighters
required hospitalisation after breathing poisonous fumes at a fire at
the pharmaceutical firm Lundbeck, in Valby, on Tuesday night, reports
A number of bottles filled with chemicals were
broken during the fire. The fire fighters were all wearing respiration
masks, but somehow came into contact with noxious chemicals
=93It=92s extremely odd that it happened. We are
therefore starting an internal investigation to establish how it
occurred, said Mads Graversen, attending physician for Copenhagen Fire
He pointed out that the ten fire fighters could have
spilled poisonous material on their gloves or clothes. The poison could
then have been breathed in or swallowed when they removed their safety
gear after the fire. That=92s one question the fire department hopes to
clarify through the investigation.
Six people were sent to the hospital after a chemical spill at a Boar's
Head Provisions industrial plant on Monday. Twenty-six more workers who
were exposed to the chemical refused medical evaluation, said Petersburg
Fire Chief T.C. Hairston. None of the patients suffered
Emergency crews were first dispatched at 5:32 p.m.
on Monday, arriving at the Boar's Head plant at 1950 Industry Place in
Petersburg 10 minutes later. "Workers reported that some ozone had
leaked," Hairston said, adding that the gas is used at the plant as an
Depending on the amount inhaled, ozone can lead to
respiratory problems or even death. "In this incident, only a small
amount leaked," Hairston said.
One fire engine, one truck, one
command unit and six ambulances were dispatched to the scene. "We also
brought in a chemical unit, because there was mass casualty potential,"
A chemical accident at a
transport company in northern Hesse spurred a large-scale rescue
operation overnight. Some 15 people were hospitalized and surrounding
buildings were evacuated, police said Wednesday.
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A worker accidentally punctured
a 200-litre tank of the toxic chemical thiophenol with a forklift around
1 am, and some 30 litres of the sulphur compound escaped, Homberg police
All fire fighters in the Schwalm-Eder county, along
with those in neighbouring communities, rushed to the scene. About 150
medics and 50 chemical specialists were also on hand to aid in
decontaminating the area.
Part of Interstate 81 South in
Schuylkill County was shut down for three hours Tuesday after a truck
carrying phosphoric acid spilled almost all of its load during a slow
leak found at a weigh station.
inspecting trucks at the station =97 near mile marker 132.4 =97 were
hospitalized after being exposed to the chemical =97 a corrosive, but
low-hazard chemical that causes eye, skin and respiratory
Because officials believe the
truck had spilled about 2,600 pounds of the acid while driving for
several miles, the road was closed while the Department of Environmental
Protection, Hazmat, local fire companies, and a helicopter overhead made
sure the spill was cleaned up.
FRICTION CAUSES SULFUR FIRE AT
HONDO CHEMICAL - BAKERSFIELD.COM
12:38 a.m. Wednesday, the Kern County Fire Department received a call
for a possible explosion at the Hondo Chemical facility in the 20800
block of Stockdale Highway.
The approximately 25
firefighters who responded to the incident were faced with burning
sulfur in a cement pit surrounded by a 2-foot wall with exposures to
nearby products. Crews used a water tank along with assistance from the
facility's water tender to extinguish the fire.
Decontamination was provided for the crews involved with extinguishing
the fire because of the presence of potentially hazardous
No hazard was present to nearby residents or
businesses, no loss was noted to the area and no injuries have been
The fire was caused by the friction from mixing
during an operation earlier in the day.
On Wednesday, February 16, 2011
at 12:03 a.m. the Kilgore Fire Department and Kilgore Police Department
responded to America's Best Value Inn and Suites, 3298 U. S. Highway 259
North, Kilgore, Texas in regards to a reported fire in one of the rooms.
After the hotel was evacuated and the fire extinguished within the room,
the cause of the fire was soon discovered to be a methamphetamine
Approximately 4.1 grams of Methamphetamine was
recovered from the room along with laboratory equipment and chemicals
commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Further
investigation revealed a large amount of counterfeiting equipment along
with counterfeit checks, counterfeit money and forged identification in
an adjacent room. DEA agents along with a Haz-Mat team responded to
assist with the investigation and chemical recovery. At the time of this
press release, the following three (3) arrests have been made in
connection to this incident:
MOUNTAIN HOME -- School administrators say they
quickly closed the doors at Mountain Home High School Tuesday morning to
keep students from getting inside and risking exposure when a small
mercury spill was discovered.
Authorities say nobody was
exposed, no injuries reported.
Students heading to class in the
morning were surprised to hear school was canceled.
driving to school and my sister was getting all these text messages
saying there's no school," said Junior Courtney Frink. "I said: 'what?
There's no snow. It's a beautiful day'."
Administrators were taking no
chances when a custodian notified them of the mercury spill that came
from a leaking or broken barometer in a lab room.
ELGIN =97 In just four days, 53 people were taken to
Elgin-area hospitals because the air they were breathing was making them
sick. And except for the number of victims involved, that=92s not an
It was mid-Friday afternoon, coming up on a weekend
for the workers in the Unisol Co. warehouse in the Elgin-O=92Hare
Commerce Center building on Route 25, just south of the Elgin city line.
Several people reported feeling headachy and nauseous =97 as if they had
the flu. Finally, one woman reportedly fell unconscious and went into
When firefighters arrived, they discovered that
workers in many of the other 10 or 11 companies that rent space in this
big converted factory also were feeling headachy, nauseous or dizzy.
Firefighters=92 sensors revealed the air contained more than 10 times
the safe level of carbon monoxide. Fourteen ambulances converged on the
scene and took 38 people to five hospitals. Five were so ill that they
were held for at least one night in Elgin=92s Sherman Hospital, at least
one of those in the critical care unit.
Investigators from the South
Elgin & Countryside Fire Protection District later determined
that the carbon monoxide probably came from one of two propane-burning
forklifts that had been operating that afternoon inside the Unisol
warehouse. The case has been referred to the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration for further investigation.
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