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were no immediate reports of casualties after a major fire and
explosions broke out at a chemical storage company in Amsterdam on
Tuesday, authorities said.
Firefighters were on site to battle the flames that
sent thick, black clouds of smoke into the sky.
Diergaarde Chemical Storage said the fire did not reach the
department where chemicals are stored. The cause of the fire was not
Diergaarde Chemical specializes in the transportation
and storage of dangerous goods.
illness that sparked hazardous materials responses to three locations
Tuesday in Oxnard was apparently caused by vapor from a 5-gallon water
bottle filled with gasoline, according to the Oxnard Fire
The incident began about 9 a.m. after an Oxnard
Environmental Resources worker became ill after the trash truck he was
on picked up a dumpster behind Transfresh Corp., 1001 Industrial Ave.,
said Deborah O'Malia, a spokeswoman for the Oxnard Fire Department. The
man was taken to an occupational health clinic on Outlet Center Drive in
Early reports indicated the man was sickened by an
unknown chemical, and authorities initially believed the chemical may
have been in the dumpster, which was taken to the city's recycling
facility, O'Malia said.
Because the chemical involved was unknown, hazardous
materials teams responded as a precaution to all of the locations that
could have been contaminated =97 standard protocol in such situations,
O'Malia said. The recycling center was evacuated as a precaution;
workers at Transfresh were asked to shelter in place.
London - An independent contractor hired to paint the floor at the
city's wastewater treatment plant was injured Monday and rushed to
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
Police and fire officials are investigating the
incident which "appeared to be a chemical burn related to an accidental
discharge,'' police said.
accident occurred about noon at the plant on Trumbull Street in Fort
Barry Weiner, chairman of
the Water and Water Pollution Control Authority said he could not
disclose the nature of the injuries because the incident is under
SACRAMENTO =97 Explosions and a hazmat situation
startled employees Tuesday morning at a Sacramento Home
Just after 2 a.m., employees who were inside stocking
heard loud explosions in the parking lot along Meadowview Road.
Responding officers discovered they were five homemade bombs, four had
exploded, spread around the parking lot and garden center.
crews were called in to clean up the contents of the five bottle bombs
-- toilet bowl cleaner and foil. No one was hurt, and the ones that
exploded did not do any damage.
AT least 300 families in
Quezon City were evacuated from their homes after they fell ill after
inhaling ammonia that leaked from a nearby ice plant Sunday
City police station 2 chief Supt. Audie Madrideo said
the residents complained of vomiting, cold-like symptoms, dizziness and
eye irritation after smelling ammonia.
said that police personnel and officials from Bureau of Fire Protection
and city hall immediately inspected the VCNC ice plant located at 78
Bukidnon St., Ramon Magsaysay, Barangay Bago Bantay.
the ice plant shut down its operations to ensure that there will be no
living within the 330 feet radius of the ice plant were evacuated to a
nearby basketball court.
said that ammonia, which is used as a refrigerant at the plant, can
cause difficulty in breathing, especially among
VA - Three contractors are in the hospital after a hazmat spill in
Roanoke on Sunday.
Roanoke EMS officials say the contractors were working
on a Norfolk Southern railcar on 24th Street and Shenadoah Avenue when
molten sulfur started to leak.
Officials say the
contractors are being treated for respiratory and chemical burns at the
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. One person is listed in critical
condition, and the other two are listed in serious
Roanoke Police closed roads 17th street to Shenandoah
avenue during the clean-up. The hazmat spill is contained, and the roads
are back open.
HARDEEVILLE - The eastbound lanes of U.S. 278 was
closed for more than two hours Monday morning after several containers
of muriatic acid fell off the back of a truck, said Hardeeville Fire
Chief Dan Morgan.
concentrated acid created vapors, prompting officials to close U.S. 278
near Tradition at 7:30 a.m. Traffic was at a standstill and the road
reopened after 10 a.m., Morgan said.
was injured and the Hilton Head-Bluffton HAZMAT Team was called in to
clean up the spill, Morgan said.
acid is typically used to clean masonry or brick work.
Firefighters from Hilton Head, Bluffton, Hardeeville
and personnel with Jasper County EMS all responded.
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