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Police have charged a man
with allowing drugs to be manufactured after a fatal explosion at a
suspected P-lab south of Auckland.
Clint Gordon Curly, 25, died
in a blast at the property on Mckinney Rd in Glenbrook just before 6pm
Police have revealed Mr Curly was manufacturing an
"illicit drug" when a chemical process went wrong and caused the
Forensic tests will determine which drug Mr Curly was
manufacturing, police said.
It could have been mistaken for end of term
celebrations. In fact, the loud noise which stopped passers-by outside
the University=92s research lab on Mansfield Road was caused by a
students were sent to hospital after the blast, which drew onlookers and
fire-fighters to the scene in minutes. Having closed Mansfield Road at
approximately 3.30pm, a police blockade was erected to deter curious
Although a spokesperson for
Thames Valley Police said they =93were aware of the incident,=94 the
precinct will not begin an investigation into the
The Chemistry Department are
withholding further details about the explosion, including the state of
the injured students, until they conclude their own
A spokesperson for the
University was said: =93A minor explosion occurred at a University
chemistry building on Friday afternoon but was contained by a safety
cabinet. Two people were injured and were taken to hospital. The fire
brigade were called but the building was reoccupied and there was no
risk to the public and no indication of criminal
Authorities tell us that a metal washing company, Finishes
Ltd., accidentally left a unit on. With the valve left open, chemicals
spewed out and flowed towards a runoff into a nearby creek. Crews set up
a temporary dam to prevent the chemicals from getting into the water.
Authorities say that the dam worked, preventing the chemicals from
spilling into the creek.
Twenty firefighters and firefighter Hazmat crews
responded to the spill. Hazmat crews identified the leak as a second
rinse cleaning solution. Authorities say that while they were initially
concerned about the dangers of the chemicals getting into the creek,
they determined that the cleaning solution was not dangerous to "people,
animals or vegetation."
There was never a concern that the leak could become a
vapor hazard, so no evacuations were made in the area.
TRAIN DERAILMENT FORCES
EVACUATION | CANADA | NEWS | TORONTO SUN, http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/27/17773211.html
HOPE, Ont. - Sunday's train derailment east of Port Hope, Ont., could
have unleashed a "perfect storm" due to the hazardous materials being
transported, a firefighter said.
The 12:15 p.m. derailment
just east of Port Hope, 109 kilometres east of Toronto, sparked an
evacuation order that affected about two dozen homes in a rural
Train cars involved in the derailment include one
containing propane, two with aviation fuel, one carrying residual
sulphuric acid and two with residual petroleum. As well, a natural gas
line was reportedly ruptured.
At least one tanker could be seen burning
approximately a half-kilometre away and sparked a grass
Flames were still coming from the area late
Four children have been taken to hospital as a
precaution after fears they may have come into contact with waste
chemicals near a dental practice, police said.
Firefighters said they were called to reports of a
spillage of mercury capsules at the dentist's surgery in Market Place,
Whitburn, West Lothian, at around 5.20pm.
But Lothian and Borders Police said there had been no
spillage and it was thought youngsters may have been contaminated with
traces of chemical residue from waste products at the rear of the dental
A spokeswoman for Lothian
and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said earlier this afternoon: "Four
children and one adult were taken to St John's Hospital. Two pumps and
other specialist vehicles were sent to the scene. They cleared up the
The Scottish Ambulance
Service said they were called by the fire service and sent two
ambulances and four specialist vehicles to the scene.
"There was a report of a chemical spillage," a
spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said tonight: "Ambulance and
fire and rescue services were in attendance and the four children were
taken, purely as a precautionary measure, to St Johns Hospital in
Livingston. They were shortly thereafter reunited with their parents. No
medical treatment was required.
TULSA - Tulsa police and Hazmat crews were called in
to assist firefighters Friday night after a meth lab was found during a
TFD responded to the call in the 300 block of East
11th Street just before 11 p.m. Friday. Firefighters found smoke
in the area but no fire.
Upon further investigation, firefighters found a meth
lab inside the home and several people inside. The occupants were
evacuated and no injuries were reported.
LORAIN =97 Several Mercy Regional Medical Center staff
members were evacuated yesterday after alarms sounded at the hospital at
10:55 a.m. indicating a hazardous material leak.
indicted there was a high level of ethylene oxide leaking in the
sterilization area. However, hospital spokeswoman Kasha Frese said no
leak was found and no one was injured. She called the incident a false
Lorain fire Capt. Dennis Livchak said the area
contains equipment used in the sterilization of surgical equipment.
Livchak said there is a bank of cylinders in that room containing the
ethylene oxide, which has a high risk of fire and exposure hazard, which
is why an alarm is used in the area.
Burlington Fire Department set up a perimeter around Memorial Auditorium
on Friday morning, evacuated the building and called the Vermont
Hazardous Materials Response Team to the scene to deal with a possible
The incident began during a class in the auditorium=92s
print studio Thursday evening when a student, =93as part of the artistic
process,=94 Assistant Fire Marshall Barry Simays said, added zinc to a
container of nitric acid and created an =93orange-red-colored
the print shop took the container outside, but no one called the fire
department until Friday morning, Simays said.
hazardous-materials specialists identified the substance in the
container, and the building was declared safe at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.
One unidentified individual was said to have experienced =93minor
respiratory=94 problems, but there were no other injuries.
firefighters and seven members of the hazardous materials team were at
the auditorium for about four hours Friday as part of the
- A worker died in a fiery explosion at a Massachusetts car dealership
after he apparently used a cigarette lighter to illuminate the inside of
a 55-gallon drum of flammable cleaning solvents, authorities said on
Daniel Martinez, 33, was killed in the blast at Balise
Honda in West Springfield on Wednesday morning, said Deputy Fire Chief
Robert Manchino. Another worker suffered smoke
While speaking by cell phone with a chemical supplier,
Martinez ignited the lighter to check the level of auto cleaning solvent
inside the drum. The barrel exploded and was propelled about 30 feet
into the air before it struck the roof.
him quickly, but he was already deceased," Manchino
Investigators used video from a surveillance camera to
determine what caused the explosion and fire. Martinez was a contract
worker at Balise employed by Real Clean Automotive
Firefighters fought the intense blaze for more than an
hour. The fire was continually fueled by multiple barrels of chemical
solvents at the site.
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