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Fire crews are in the final stages of putting out a chemical fire at a Kurnell water treatment facility, in Sydney's south, but evacuated residents have been told to stay away until the fire is completely extinguished.

1000 litres of hydrogen peroxide caught fire early this morning, spewing toxic smoke around the Botany Bay suburb.

Two workers suffered minor injuries.

Homes within 1 kilometre were evacuated, with Fire and Rescue New South Wales saying about 250 people had to leave.

The toxic smoke that led to the evacuations has since blown out to sea.



A fire is burning at the Pueblo Chemical Depot east of Pueblo. The Depot stores thousands of mortars containing obsolete mustard agent, a chemical weapon not used in decades.

The fire started when a power line blew down. A spokesman at the Depot says it is five to six miles from any chemical storage in an isolated area and burning to the northeast. The Chemical Depot has its own fire department, which is being assisted by workers from the Transportation Technology Center.

In its current direction is would pass by the bunkers which store the mustard agent. Chuck Sprague said each storage bunker, or igloo, is surrounded by a large area of gravel which would stop a grass fire.



A Ngaruawahia ambulance officer called local fire fighters to their station about 1.15am this morning after finding a leaking drum on a trailer parked outside the station.

Fearing the worst, Fire fighters got kitted out in chemical suits only to find the two dozen 200 litre drums contained a liquid that turned out to be paint. Council workers were called to help with the clean up.



A floor refinishing operation made several employees at an industrial warehouse in Fife sick this morning, the Tacoma Fire Department reported.

Fire and hazardous materials crews were called to the warehouse at 3500 Industry Drive E. just before 7:30 a.m. today.

Several employees reported feeling sick from a strong, unknown odor. Fire crews investigated and discovered a floor refinishing operation in another part of the building was causing the smell.

The sickened employees were evaluated by paramedics. The building was ventilated.


THE AUBURN PLAINSMAN - UPDATE UNKNOWN ODOR CAUSES CHEMISTRY BUILDING EVACUATION, UPDATE--Unknown-odor-causes-Chemistry-Building-evacuation-?instance=home _news_lead_story

The Chemistry Building was reopened at 2:15 p.m. after workers in the building smelled a strange odor that made them feel nauseated and called 911.

There were no dangerous or harmful chemicals found, and the cause of the odor detected by the workers is still unknown.

The Lee County Hazardous Materials Team searched the building using specialized equipment and protection, but were unable to find any dangerous chemicals, even after inspecting the building a second time with no protection, said Chance Corbett, associate director of emergency management for Auburn University public safety.



ROCK ISLAND=97 It was just before one o'clock Thursday afternoon when hazmat crews were called to the Rock Island water treatment plant for a chemical spill coming from a tanker truck.

"It's a corrosive agent that the water treatment plant uses, overflow caused spillage out of the building onto driveway behind me" said Rock Island assistant fire chief Jeff Yerkey.

As plant employees evactuated, crews began suiting up, working quickly to stop the leak that had begun eating through concrete.

"They stopped the leak using some earthen berms, dirt, sand and commercial boom equipment. We had it pretty much contained to this facility within a short amount of time" said Yerkey.


KURNELL WATER TREATMENT PLANT'S CHEMICAL FIRE CONTAINED, -at-sydney-plant-contained-20110325-1c8xi.html?from=smh_sb

Firefighters have contained a large chemical fire which destroyed the contents of a factory south of Sydney, forcing 250 locals to evacuate.

The fire broke out about 6am at a water purifier manufacturing plant on Cook Street, Kurnell.



A hazardous materials crew was called to a Health Canada laboratory at Tunney's Pasture after a report of a foul smell and a cloud of white smoke Wednesday night.

Firefighters arrived at 50 Colombine Driveway just after 9:30 p.m. ET and found the smoke had dissipated from the chemical laboratory where it had initially been sighted.

Paramedics attended to a security guard at the scene who complained of nausea.

The fire department's Hazardous Materials Specialty Team responded as a precautionary measure and determined no hazards were present.

No cause has been determined, fire officials said.


CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER - CHLORINE SPILL CLEANED UP AT KING EDWARD AVENUE SITE, h ttp:// ill-cleaned-up-at-King-Edward-Avenue-site?instance=crime_log

Cleveland Fire Department officials stood by at a local chemical company Tuesday afternoon after a chemical spill was contained and neutralized.

Approximately 275 gallons of chlorine spilled into a trailer and onto the ground at Specialty Chemical Co., located on King Edward Avenue.

CFD officials arrived on the scene with HazMat equipment and stood by while the bleach product was contained and neutralized, according to reports.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m.

Bradley County Emergency Management Agency officials also consulted with HazMat crews on the scene. Officials with the company contained and cleaned up the spilled chemical.


THE DAILY COLLEGIAN, eaking-news-chemical-spill-in-goessman-closes-down-building/

The Goessman laboratory building has been shut down and evacuated after a chemistry department faculty member found a leaking ammonia tank at 10 a.m. this morning, said Daniel Fitzgibbons, associate director of news and media relations at the University of Massachusetts.

The leak was reported to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, who notified the UMass fire and police departments. They in turn contacted a Hazardous Materials team. The building was closed between 10 and 10:30 a.m., said Fitzgibbons. Classes were canceled in the morning and afternoon classes have been rescheduled to other locations. A full list of the news classroom sites can be found on the home page.

Fitzgibbons said he was hopeful the building would be cleared =93by the end of the day.=94 The final decision will be up to the Hazardous Materials team charged with removing the tank. After the leak has been contained, the team will make =93final determinations on when the building can be reopened,=94 Fitzgibbons said.


1,000 WORKERS EVACUATED AFTER AMMONIA LEAK AT KENTUCKY MEAT PLANT; LEAK STOPPED 2=BD HOURS LATER - THE WASHINGTON POST, meat-plant-after-ammonia-leak-neighbors-told-to-stay-inside/2011/03/23/ABc fSeJB_story.html

LOUISVILLE, Ky. =97 An anhydrous ammonia leak at a meat-packing plant forced 1,000 employees to evacuate and nearby residents to stay indoors for hours on Wednesday.

A faint ammonia odor was detectable a few blocks away from the JBS Swift plant east of downtown Louisville for more than an hour after the leak.

One worker, a 40-year-old man whose name was not released, was sent to the hospital after complaining of burning eyes, nausea and vomiting, Louisville Fire Department Capt. Salvador Melendez said. There were no other reported injuries, authorities said.


SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE CLEARED, BUSINESS REOPENED | EYEWITNESS NEWS 9, 3/13/hazmat-crews-investigate-suspicious-package-greenv-ar-885597/

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Business at a Greenville lab came to a screeching halt when employees started complaining about a toxic smell coming from a box that had been picked up from Fed Ex.

It happened at Harris Histology Relief Services; that's on Eastgate Drive just off of 10th St. The last place the medical facility=92s employees expected to spend their day was waiting outside.  Executive Director Daniel Kavanaugh noticed a waxy, yellow stain on a box he picked up from Fed Ex Wednesday morning but paid it no mind.

"Shortly after we took it into the lab, we got it there. it started to give off an amazingly toxic type odor. We had to evacuate the building," said Executive Director of Harris Histology Relief Services Dr. Daniel Kavanaugh.


HOMES EVACUATED IN SLATON AFTER CHEMICAL SPILL - KCBD, NEWSCHANNEL 11 LUBBOCK |, http://www.kcbd .com/Global/story.asp?S=14310180

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Several businesses and homes were temporarily evacuated in Slaton on Wednesday because of a chemical spill at the Slaton Rail Park.

The regional hazmat crew was called out around 3:15 p.m. after a bystander saw a rail car leaking a fluid, which crews identified as sulfuric acid.

Slaton Fire Department and Police also responded to the spill where rail road authorities estimate about 50 gallons of sulfuric acid leaked. The rail car is capable of carrying 90,000 pounds, but hazmat crews quickly contained the leak and residents were allowed back in the their homes.


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