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injuries were reported this afternoon when fumes from a chemical mixture
inside a classroom at Northside College Prep prompted a hazardous
material response, authorities said.
Fire crews were called to
the school at 5501 N. Kedzie Ave. at about 3:15 p.m. after chemicals
mixed inside a classroom gave off fumes, according to fire department
Chief Joseph Roccasalva.
Fire officials found that the compound wasn't toxic
and that none of the students present suffered any injuries, he
Chicago Public Schools officials weren't available for
Fire District responded early Tuesday to a hazmat condition at Cryovac
on Brooks Avenue.
The company has a 55 gallon drum of plastic resin that
was overheating. The resin is kept at 110 degrees and when employees
arrived to Cryovac Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., they noticed that smoke was
coming out of the drum and pulled the fire alarm.
fire chief Jim Harrington said the drum had brought the temperature to
over 200 degrees. When the material inside overheats, a chemical
reaction causes the material to increase in heat, Harrington said.
Firefighters were worried the drum was going to over-pressurize and
explode so they evacuated nearby employees and cooled the drum off with
a fire hose.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One
hundred people were evacuated from the Sacramento County Human
Assistance building at 10013 Folsom Boulevard at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday
because of chemical fumes.
employees returned to work about an hour later, after Sacramento Metro
Fire was called to investigate complaints of a chemical
Assistant Chief Scott
Cockrum said a hazmat team determined the odor was coming from a spray
texture material being used on a remodeling project and was not harmful.
He said nobody required treatment.
STOCKTON=97 Hazmat crews were called to control a
sulfuric acid leak at an ethanol plant in Stockton Tuesday
Just after Noon, the Pacific Ethanol plant called
emergency crews about the leak of the highly flammable
The leak was from a joint on a 5,000-gallon tank at
the Stockton plant along Navy Drive.
Pacific Ethanol was not
evacuated, but workers are being kept away from the area of the leak. A
police training facility is nearby, they stopped their exercises for
The crews were able to slow the leak, not completely
stop it. But the leaking acid is being contained, and is not a risk at
22--CHOUTEAU -- A Chouteau firefighter remained hospitalized Monday
following a semi truck crash on Highway 69.
Chouteau Police Sgt. Rod Howell said two firefighters
were transported to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after the two-semi
collision Wednesday. One firefighter collapsed on the scene, said
Howell, and another was taken to the hospital two days later. A
hazardous materials crew, Sooner Management, worked into the night to
clean up after the crash.
emergency personnel received the call at 3:39 p.m. Howell said the first
semi, driven by Eugene Henderson of Newark, Ohio, was exiting Highway
412 onto Highway 69. Henderson began making a u-turn around the highway
barrier with the intention of going south.
Howell said the driver was obstructing the northbound
lanes near Fiesta Mart. The second semi, belonging to Transport America,
was northbound. Howell said driver Jessie Hill, of Balch Springs, Texas,
attempted to avoid the crash. Hill swerved left and skidded 85 feet,
striking the other semi in the southbound lane.
The Saskatoon fire department briefly closed a hotel
pool Tuesday after a hazardous chemical scare.
after noon, the department's hazardous materials team responded to a
report of a chemical spill at the Travelodge Hotel on Circle Drive East,
says a fire department news release.
An employee was preparing
water treatment for the pool when two of the substances -sodium
hypo-chloride and an acid base -used in the treatment were spilled on
the floor of the pool's mechanical room. The employee called 911 after
noticing the spill resulted in a chemical reaction.
hazmat team locked down the pool area but did not evacuate the hotel
because the spill was determined to be minor. The employee did not
require medical treatment.
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio --
There were big problems at the Appleton paper plant in West Carrollton
early Monday morning when a chemical used in the paper-making process
began leaking from a parked rail car.
Between 200 and 500 gallons of sodium hydroxide
spilled onto the ground.
Carrollton firefighters responded to the plant about 3 a.m. on Alex Bell
Road and found the rail car parked under a protective awning spewing
clouds of chemical vapor and leaking.
=93They were transferring product into the building.
They=92re not sure if a hose broke or a valve broke, but it developed a
leak on top of the tank car,=94 said West Carrollton Fire Chief Jack
Hundreds of gallons of
sodium hydroxide, also known as lye or caustic soda, escaped to the
parking lot area.
of crews from the regional hazardous materials team came to help
firefighters assess the problem and the next steps they should
Sodium hydroxide is used to
help break down wood into pulp as paper is made. It=92s used in a
mixture of 50 percent water, 50 percent chemical, but it can cause
burns, scarring and permanent injury to tissue that it comes into
Firefighters called in
paramedics, just in case. But, the precaution proved
Firefighters discovered all
the Appleton workers who stopped the leak wisely put on protective gear
and breathing apparatus working close to the leaking rail
=93The employees, once they
were done, went in and showered and decontaminated, made sure there was
no problem. We came in and did evaluations. Everybody=92s fine,=94
Firefighters say they closed
up and put barriers in front of a couple of storm sewers in the area to
keep the chemical out. Appleton also called in an EPA-approved
environmental company to help with liquid recovery.
=93It=92s not going to go anywhere,=94 Kiester said.
=93They have to vac it all up and test the area around it. Then dilute
it to get it all up.=94
Firefighters said they had a couple of things working in
their favor in this case. First, there wasn=92t enough liquid that
spilled to make an airborne threat, therefore no evacuations were
necessary. Secondly, all of the leaking happened in the parking lot, not
inside the building, where it would have caused much greater
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fire today broke out at a chemical factory on Kanpur destroying property
worth several lakh rupees, officials said.
engulfed the ink and colour factory at the Dadanagar Industrial area at
Panki at around 4.00am, superintendent of police (city) Kushhar Saurabh
said, adding some chemical drums kept at the factory also exploded due
to the fire.
As the blaze started to spread to other parts of the
industrial area, atleast 16 fire tenders were pressed and after several
hours the blaze was bought under control, Saurabh said.
was injured in the incident but chemical worth several lakh rupees was
destroyed in the blaze, he said.
Due to the explosions the
firemen faced problems in bringing the blaze under their control, chief
fire officer, KP Singh said, adding the cause of the fire is being
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Streets around the Sulzbacher Center
were closed for about an hour Monday morning when a bag of medical waste
out of place created a scare.
Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department's hazardous materials
team responded to the center on East Adams Street about 7:30 a.m.
Initial reports said a container usually used to dispose of syringes
from the homeless center's clinic was found outside.
JFRD's on-scene commander said the box did contain
used syringes. It was disposed of property and the scene was cleared
before 9 a.m.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Bill Williams Elementary School will
be closed Tuesday following an incident Monday in which 30 students were
exposed to Mercury.
According to a city fire spokesman, one class was
quarantined after a student dropped a vial of Mercury. Bakersfield Fire
responded with its Hazardous Materials Team and later brought out a
decontamination trailer to treat the affected students. Environmental
Health also responded and the students were released to their parents
after being checked out.
"They had to get us out of the classroom and then wash
our feet and hands and put on booties," said Williams student Trisha
Uziah. "Then they had to use a monitor to see if there was any mercury
left on us."
Mercury is the only metal that is liquid in its
natural state. It is highly toxic, especially if ingested. The element
is commonly used in thermometers, barometers and other scientific
assistant superintendent Gerrie Kincaide said the school will be closed
Tuesday on the advise of Environmental Health. That will allow
investigators time to assess other classrooms to make sure exposure
levels are as they should be. If it turns out they're not, it will allow
enough time for proper treatment.
No illnesses were reported.
It's not believed that students will suffer any ill effects from the
people were injured and 11 cars incinerated after an explosion on the La
Linea highway Monday morning, reports Caracol Radio.
Linea roadway, which runs between Cajamarca and Ibague in the western
department of Tolima, is closed due a chemical spill, according to the
Director of Transit and Transport Rodolfo Palomino.
was a tank-type vehicle which carries carbonic gas, it suffered
mechanical problems, rolled over, and dumped its product, which
generated some explosions," said Palomino.
accident occurred at the seven kilometer marker, where three separate
explosions were generated by the chemical spill. The injured were taken
to hospitals in Cajamarc and Ibague, reported a member of the Relief
Corps Carlos Torres.
(NewsCore) - Authorities gave an all-clear Monday to
residents of a neighborhood in Louisville, Ky., after they were
instructed earlier to remain indoors following an explosion and fire at
a chemical plant, WHAS-TV reported.
The blast at Carbide
Industries was reported at approximately 5:40 pm local time. Three
people were transported to the hospital.
not immediately clear what chemicals were involved in the explosion,
which prompted authorities to advise residents within a one-mile (1.6
kilometer) radius of the plant to close all doors and windows, turn off
air conditioners and bring pets inside.
Industries is North America's largest producer of calcium carbide
products, according to the company's website.
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