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
1000 litres of hydrogen peroxide caught fire early
this morning, spewing toxic smoke around the Botany Bay
Two workers suffered minor injuries.
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
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.
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.
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
The sickened employees were evaluated by paramedics.
The building was ventilated.
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.
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
As plant employees evactuated, crews began suiting
up, working quickly to stop the leak that had begun eating through
"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
have contained a large chemical fire which destroyed the contents of a
factory south of Sydney, forcing 250 locals to evacuate.
broke out about 6am at a water purifier manufacturing plant on Cook
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.
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
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.
Fire Department officials stood by at a local chemical company Tuesday
afternoon after a chemical spill was contained and
Approximately 275 gallons of chlorine spilled into a
trailer and onto the ground at Specialty Chemical Co., located on King
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
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.
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 UMass.edu
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.
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.
ammonia odor was detectable a few blocks away from the JBS Swift plant
east of downtown Louisville for more than an hour after the
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, http://www2.wnct.com/news/2011/mar/2
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.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Several
businesses and homes were temporarily evacuated in Slaton on Wednesday
because of a chemical spill at the Slaton Rail Park.
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.
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
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