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ITCHING POWDER CAUSES HAZMAT SCARE AT DUNBAR MIDDLE | THE NEWS-PRESS | NEWS-PRESS.COM, http:// es-hazmat-scare-Dunbar-Middle?odyssey=nav%7Chead

The school is no longer on lockdown.

Lee County EMS Chief of Operations Scott Tuttle said a student brought itching powder into the school. Twelve students and 11 cafeteria workers were affected by the powder.

Fort Myers police have arrested one 14-year-old on a misdemeanor charge of disrupting a school function.

No one was transported to the hospital. Those who were affected by the itching powder were decontaminated at the school.

Itching powder was found in two separate areas of the school.

A call to parents of students at the school said there had been =93an incident,=94 but didn=92t say what the incident was.



Slidell Police believe the man who allegedly blew up a room at the La Quinta Inn with a make-shift meth lab Thursday night is on the run in Alabama.

Scott Threlkeld, The Times-Picayune
Police and fire department officials respond to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab Thursday at the La Quinta inn in Slidell.
Brandon Bell, 28, was allegedly trying to make meth in his second-floor room in the hotel at 794 East Interstate 10 Service Road when the ingredients exploded about 6:20 p.m., Assistant Slidell Police Chief Kevin Foltz said.



Investigators said a chemical reaction caused the blast, which occurred in a bin filled with construction debris. The bin was between the Chabad House and a guest house near the synagogue.

The blast sent a pipe from the bin onto the roof of the guest house. The pipe left a hole in the roof of the building in the 1400 block of 18th Street.

Someone was trying to remove a large pipe that was stuck in concrete near an alley but the chemical mixture they used created pressure and launched the 4-foot-long pipe and plug of concrete into the air, fire Capt. Mark Bridges said.

"The device lifted up off the ground approximately 25 feet, punched a hole in the (Chabad House) and then ricocheted,'' Bridges said.


FUMES SEND TRUCK YARD WORKER TO HOSPITAL - CHICAGOTRIBUNE.COM, http://www.c ker-to-hospital-20110408,0,1043285.story

A worker at a Southwest Side trucking yard was taken to the hospital in serious-to-critical condition this morning after an accident that released chemical fumes, fire officials said.

A container of the chemical--whose nature was not available--was knocked over by a fork lift at R&amp;L Carriers, 4359 W. 36th St.

A Level 1 hazardous materials response was called at 4:39 a.m., and a worker who inhaled fumes was taken by paramedics to Mount Sinai Hospital, said fire department spokesman Richard Rosado.



WOODBRIDGE -- Route 440 is shut down in both directions in Woodbridge after an overturned gasoline tanker truck spilled 8,500 gallons of fuel on the roadway in an accident that left the vehicle's driver in critical condition, according to the New Jersey State Police Twitter feed.

The state police hazmat team responded to the accident and contained the fuel spill with help from the New Brunswick Fire Department, which sprayed flame retardant foam on the roadway to prevent fire, the Twitter feed reported.



GRAFTON =97  A worker at a trucking company who accidentally emptied nitric acid into a drum containing water caused a vapor cloud to erupt, which led to the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses and North Grafton Elementary School yesterday. 

Fire Chief Michael Gauthier said when authorities received a call from Dana Transport at 88 Westboro Road at 11:06 a.m., they thought there had been a spill of the hazardous chemical. But it was later determined that a worker had accidentally emptied nitric acid into a wastewater drum that was sitting beside the one he should have used.


1 PERSON DEAD, 2 PEOPLE INJURED IN TANKER TRUCK FIRE | WSAV TV, ruck-explodes-lathrop-avenue-ar-1691118/

A tanker truck caught fire at the Colonial Oil Company on North Lathrop Avenue Friday afternoon.  

Toluene, a chemical used in gasoline blending, was being unloaded when a spark ignited it.

Authorities say that one person has been killed and two others were injured.

Fire crews have since put out the fire and applied foam to the truck and a nearby filling platform. 

No evacuations of the business or nearby residential neighborhoods were necessary.  Authorities day there is no environmental danger from the Toluene.



A chemical spill that created noxious fumes sent two people to the hospital and closed two business warehouses in Nesquehoning on Friday morning.

Nesquehoning Police Officer Timothy Wuttke said an emergency response call for a sick male came in at 9:40 a.m. from Ametek Winchester Plastics on Mountain Avenue in the borough.

At the scene, Wuttke said emergency responders found two sick men, both of whom had accidentally inhaled fumes from a chemical that spilled during a delivery of supplies at the plastics manufacturing facility.

Wuttke said Ametek's delivery area was wet with rain Friday when the chemical - maleic anhydrid - spilled. Mixed with water, maleic anhydrid becomes maleic acid.

"Apparently when they were unloading the shipping container, the package opened and the substance spilled out. When it comes in contact with water, which it did, it releases fumes that are hazardous when inhaled," Wuttke said.



WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. (WANE) - Four people are behind bars in LaGrange County after police busted a meth lab in Wolcottville Saturday night. Aaron Pierce, 29, Melissa Pierce, 31, and Kenneth Jordan, 45, all face several meth-related charges. Gordon Ramey, 43, faces charges for resisting police.

Around 9:45 p.m., some LaGrange County Sheriff's Deputies were patrolling near W. County Line Road when they heard someone screaming.

They found a woman screaming and two men in the yard of 106 W. County Line Road. As the officers were walking up to the house, they could smell an illegal fire and chemical odor.

When the woman noticed the officers, she started screaming again and started to run. A man also started to run from the scene and threw a backpack towards one of the deputies.



LOWER NAZARETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Colonial Regional Police arrested a man after he admitted to cooking methamphetamine in a hotel room in Lower Nazareth Township.
It happened at the Hampton Inn on the Easton Nazareth Highway just before 11:00p.m. Saturday.
Police said fire officials were dispatched to the hotel for a report of a fire alarm going off in room 222.
When officials arrived, they said room was filled with smoke and had a strong chemical smell.


BOMB EXPLODES IN PORT CHARLOTTE RESTAURANT PARKING LOT, da/2011-04-10/Bomb-explodes-in-Port-Charlotte-restaurant-parking-lot

PORT CHARLOTTE - Charlotte County Sheriff=92s detectives continue their investigation into one of two bombs exploding in a Port Charlotte restaurant parking lot Friday evening; one person was injured by chemical fumes.


CCSO received the call at 5:56 p.m. and dispatched deputies to Joe Crackers, 1020 Tamiami Trail. Witnesses told deputies they heard a loud bang and observed smoke coming from a plastic soda bottle they found in the parking lot. A 27 year old North Port woman said she saw the explosion and inhaled some of the smoke; she said it tasted like chemicals. EMS was called and deputies said she was treated and released at the scene.


While deputies checked the bottle that exploded, they located an unexploded one in the bushes nearby. Charlotte County Fire cleared both containers and turned them over to deputies for evidence and analysis.


FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER - FAIRBANKS TRANSFER STATION BRIEFLY CLOSED FOR CHEMICAL CLEAN UP, ookmark/12731951-Fairbanks-transfer-station-briefly-closed-for-chemical-cl ean-up

FAIRBANKS =97 The transfer station on Old Steese and Farmers Loop was shut down Friday evening while a hazardous materials team cleaned up photo processing chemicals that were left there.

The chemicals were reported lying in the reuse area of the transfer station at 7:37 p.m., according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch. The station was reopened about 11 p.m.

The chemicals reportedly included something labeled formaldehyde and some kind of phosphorus, Trooper Brian Zeisel said. Some of it was in open containers. 

=93There was nothing too dangerous,=94 he said. =93It was a precautionary thing to make sure it was contianed.=94


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