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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (7 articles)
Date: March 12, 2012 8:02:32 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, March 12, 2012 8:02:07 AM

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Table of Contents (7 articles)

METH LAB SUSPECTED IN FIRE
Tags: us_FL, public, fire, response, meth_lab

VISALIA HAZMAT LEAK FORCES EVACUATION
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, cyanide, waste

KYMA NEWS 11... YUMA, AZ/EL CENTRO, CA
Tags: us_CA, transportation, discovery, response, toxics

PROMPT RESPONSE CONTAINS FIRE
Tags: us_MO, public, fire, response, fire_extinguisher, plastics

FOLLOW-UP: FIRE CREWS IN DESPERATE FIGHT TO KEEP CAMPUS BLAZE CONTAINED
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, follow-up, response, unknown_chemical

LOS OSOS MAN SETS OFF EXPLOSION MAKING HASH OIL THURSDAY
Tags: us_CA, public, explosion, injury, butane, drugs, illegal

ACID BOMBS EXPLODE IN LONGMONT, POLICE HUNT MAKERS
Tags: us_CO, public, explosion, response, bomb, illegal


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METH LAB SUSPECTED IN FIRE
http://www.pnj.com/article/20120310/NEWS01/203100315/Meth-lab-suspected-fire?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE
Tags: us_FL, public, fire, response, meth_lab

Investigators are looking for suspects connected to a methamphetamine lab that may have caused the fire on Garcon Point that closed a section of Interstate 10 earlier this week.

Agents from the Florida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement scoured the scene of the fire's origin and found evidence linked to the one-pot or "shake and bake" method of making meth, said Joe Zwierzchowski, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Forest Service.

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VISALIA HAZMAT LEAK FORCES EVACUATION
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=8575873
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, cyanide, waste

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A potassium cyanide leak forced an evacuation in the South Valley Saturday morning.

It happened in Visalia at the household hazardous waste collection site on Cain near Goshen just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Visalia Fire Department says the leak happened while workers were preparing a container for packing.

The fire department responded with its hazmat team, and the area was evacuated for several hours while the leak was contained.

No one was injured, and the evacuation was lifted before 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

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KYMA NEWS 11... YUMA, AZ/EL CENTRO, CA
http://www.kyma.com/slp.php?idN=6428&cat=Local%20News
Tags: us_CA, transportation, discovery, response, toxics

(Westmoreland, CA) -- Part of State Route 86 north of Brawley remains closed Friday evening, as of 4:30 pm (PST), as crews continue cleaning-up a crash involving dangerous chemicals.

The California Highway Patrol says at 6:30 Friday morning, a big rig and pick-up truck collided.

The northbound lane near Allen Road was closed because of toxic chemicals inside the big rig.

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PROMPT RESPONSE CONTAINS FIRE
http://www.newspressnow.com/news/30643846/detail.html
Tags: us_MO, public, fire, response, fire_extinguisher, plastics

Prompt response and training paid off for firefighters Friday responding to a fire at St. Joseph Plastics on Fifth Avenue.
Plastic was burning in a specialized machine at the north St. Joseph plant, said Russell Moore, a battalion chief with the St. Joseph Fire Department.
"We turned the corner on Fifth Avenue and there was a huge cloud over St. Joseph Plastics," said Rick Caton, captain of Engine 12.
The engine, located just two blocks away, was first on the scene.
Because of the chemical compounds in plastics, firefighters couldn't use water and their large pressurized hoses.
For this type of fire, dry chemicals were the way to gain control, Mr. Moore said. At that point, water could have exacerbated the problem, he said.

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FOLLOW-UP: FIRE CREWS IN DESPERATE FIGHT TO KEEP CAMPUS BLAZE CONTAINED
http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/8880-fire-crews-in-desperate-fight-to-keep-campus-blaze-contained
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, follow-up, response, unknown_chemical

Holes in the floor of James Weir large enough for people to fall through and flames stretching a full 30 metres along each side of the building were just a few of the lasting sights of last month's blaze at Strathclyde University.

The campus blaze tore through the six-storey structure on Montrose Street for almost five hours before being extinguished with the building now, only four weeks on, back to the slimmest semblance of normality.

In an exclusive interview with The Journal a week on from the fire, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Deputy Assistant Chief Officer, Jim Doyle, who was in command of the incident, revealed the situation threatened to spiral out of control as crisis levels were raised and more firefighters called in to keep a handle on the blaze.

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LOS OSOS MAN SETS OFF EXPLOSION MAKING HASH OIL THURSDAY
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/03/09/1982907/los-osos-man-sets-off-explosion.html
Tags: us_CA, public, explosion, injury, butane, drugs, illegal

A 55-year-old Los Osos resident was arrested on Thursday evening after an apparent attempt to convert some marijuana into hash oil in his kitchen went terribly wrong.
John Russell Odom remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail this afternoon on suspicion of manufacturing or converting a controlled substance through a chemical extraction process, a felony. Bail was set at $500,000.
Cmdr. Aaron Nix said sheriff's deputies received a call about 7:50 p.m. Thursday after a loud explosion was heard by neighbors in the 2100 block of Ferrell Ave.
Deputies soon learned that Odom had been trying to convert some marijuana into hash oil, also called honey oil, in a process that involves butane. He did so inside his apartment with the windows closed, Nix said.
The lack of ventilation likely led to an explosion, blowing the glass sliding door near Odom's kitchen off its frame.
Odom received some burns to his legs in the explosion, but no one else was present or injured. He was taken to a local hospital, treated and then released to sheriff's deputies, who placed him under arrest, Nix said.

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ACID BOMBS EXPLODE IN LONGMONT, POLICE HUNT MAKERS
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20151548/acid-bombs-left-longmont-police-hunt-makers
Tags: us_CO, public, explosion, response, bomb, illegal

The explosion of two acid bombs Saturday night in Longmont with no injuries have police on a hunt to catch the bomb makers before someone gets hurt.

Acid bombs generally consist of a plastic bottle filled with an acid and a reacting base. They don't rely on a timer or fuse to explode, but usually the bomber has time to run before the chemical reaction results in explosion.

"It is a felony crime to us," said Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur. "But more important this is extremely dangerous because they are so unpredictable you can't predict when they will go off. It could be while you're holding it or placing or someone could see it and pick it up."

"I'm guessing it is a couple of school age kids who read about it or heard about it and decided to make it," Satur said.

The first bomb exploded on the porch of a home in the 1600 block of Green Place at about 10:15 p.m. Another, placed under a vehicle parked in the 700 block of Elliot Street blew up about one-half hour later.

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Ralph Stuart
secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org
Secretary
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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