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Table of Contents (22 articles)

INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO MATER CHEMICAL SCARE
Tags: Australia, laboratory, follow-up, death, sodium_azide

FIRE SUPPRESSION POWDER BLANKETS GAS CUSTOMERS
Tags: us_ME, public, release, injury, dust, fire_extinguisher

UPDATES: OSHA QUERY LEADS TO FINE
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, injury

POISONS IN THE LABORATORY: SCIENTISTS, BEWARE
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, death, history

VIRGINIA TECH, UCLA, THE COURTS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Tags: education, follow-up, response

METH LAB BLAST ROCKS ANDERSON MOTEL
Tags: us_IN, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab

AMMONIA LEAK SHUTS DOWN FARM CREEK DRIVE IN WOODBRIDGE
Tags: us_VA, transportation, release, response, ammonia, gas_cylinders

MATER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EVACUATED AFTER CHEMICAL SCARE
Tags: Australia, laboratory, release, death, unknown_chemical

TWO SENT TO HOSPITAL WITH CHEMICAL BURNS AFTER DISPUTE IN EDWARDSVILLE
Tags: us_PA, public, release, injury, ammonia

HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO CHEMICAL SPILL AT HENDRICK MEDICAL CENTER
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, xylene

CHEMICAL LEAK AT WATER PLANT CONTAINED
Tags: us_IN, industrial, release, response, water_treatment

CHEMISTRY LAB MISTAKE CAUSES FIRE ALARM
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, fire, response, magnesium

MAN SUFFERS 'SIGNIFICANT' CHEMICAL BURNS IN FARMING ACCIDENT
Tags: us_IL, industrial, release, injury, ammonia

HERITAGE-WTI WORKERS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER BECOMING ILL
Tags: us_OH, industrial, release, injury, waste

CHEMICAL TANKER CATCHES FIRE
Tags: India, transportation, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

LAB CHEMICALS REMOVED FROM TEXAS CAMPUS
Tags: us_TX, laboratory, follow-up, response, other_chemical

STORE'S HAZMAT SCARE DRAWS CUSTOMS, HOMELAND SECURITY
Tags: us_NC, transportation, discovery, response, unknown_chemical

MEDICAL CITY DALLAS FACES VIOLATION AFTER GREEN DYE RELEASE
Tags: us_TX, public, release, environmental, dye

SUSSEX TECH IN SPARTA CLOSED AFTER FIRE IN SCIENCE CLASSROOM
Tags: us_NJ, laboratory, fire, response, unknown_chemical, waste

FUME LEAK MARKS THIRD INCIDENT IN SISLER SINCE OCTOBER
Tags: us_FL, laboratory, release, response, other_chemical

ONE LANE OF I-70 EAST AT S.R. 256 REOPENS AFTER HAZMAT CLEANUP
Tags: us_OH, transportation, release, response, cleaners

LIGHTENING LIKELY STARTED OHIO CHEMICAL FIRE
Tags: us_OH, industrial, follow-up, response, magnesium


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INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO MATER CHEMICAL SCARE
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-19/investigations-continue-into-mater-chemical-scare/3897446/?site=newcastle§ion=news
Tags: Australia, laboratory, follow-up, death, sodium_azide

Investigations are continuing into Friday night's chemical scare that led to the Emergency Department at the Calvary Mater Hospital being evacuated and decontaminated.

A 32-year-old Lambton man drank a quantity of the substance sodium azide and was taken by ambulance from Newcastle University to the Mater, where he later died.

Ambulance Officers union spokesman Peter Rumball says two paramedics were among several workers who had to be decontaminated.

"The Hazmat decontaminated them and they were allowed to go home," he said.

"The have since recovered but it just highlights the jobs of ambulance officers across the State, simply going to respond to someone that's ill they could become a victim themselves."

Mr Rumball says the chemical, which is extremely toxic, is used in bio-medical experiments and as an insecticide.

"It can be quite dangerous," he said.

"It can be lethal if it's ingested or absorbed.

"That's why the full decontamination process was put in place at the Mater Hospital to deal with that, to protect not only the patient but members of the nursing staff, doctors and the ambulance officers."

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FIRE SUPPRESSION POWDER BLANKETS GAS CUSTOMERS
http://www.kjonline.com/news/fire-suppression-powder-blankets-gas-customers_2012-03-18.html
Tags: us_ME, public, release, injury, dust, fire_extinguisher

SKOWHEGAN -- One person was taken to a local hospital Sunday afternoon and several others were examined at the scene after a giant cloud of fire-suppression powder was released without warning at the Irving Circle K station on Madison Avenue, which is also U.S. Route 201.

The powerful plume, emitted from about 50 hoses installed in the roof of the fuel-pumping area, covered vehicles, people and the parking lot with a coating of white powder. The white-out obscured the busy station from view and briefly closed the road to motor vehicle traffic.

The cloud traveled to the Tractor Supply shopping center across the road, then dissipated.

Fire crews, police, emergency medical personnel and an ambulance from Redington-Fairview General Hospital were sent to the scene about 12:30 p.m.

There was no fire, and station managers were unwilling to comment on what might have happened.

Skowhegan Fire Chief Tom Keene said the chemical was a nontoxic compound that can cause mild eye and throat irritation but is not life threatening.

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UPDATES: OSHA QUERY LEADS TO FINE
http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/mar/18/updates-osha-query-leads-to-fine/
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, injury

SAN ANGELO, Texas An OSHA investigation into an explosion that injured three people in January has led to a nearly $5,000 fine for the business.

A conference on March 2 ended with a penalty for two "serious" citations being assessed for S&S Steel Industries, according to a citation and notification of penalty from the U.S. Department of Labor.

In January three people were sent to Shannon Medical Center after a pressurized air tank explosion in the 3800 block of Christoval Road, according to fire officials.

"They were pressure testing a tank that had been built, and it broke loose and exploded," fire Capt. Fred Barnett said in an article published Jan. 17.

According to the OSHA document, "workers were using air to pressure test large noncode vessels. This created an explosion hazard. Workers were exposed to the hazard of being struck by 10,000 lbs. of steel."

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POISONS IN THE LABORATORY: SCIENTISTS, BEWARE
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/315365/20120316/poison-control-lab-scientist-radiation-accident.htm
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, death, history

On Saturday, take the time to lock up the cyanide and stash your arsenic somewhere safe, because next week is National Poison Prevention Week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, despite federally required child-proof packaging on most medicines, emergency rooms receive around 60,000 visits each year from children who sampled from the medicine cabinet. Poisoning is also one of the leading injury-related causes of death in the U.S., with 90 percent of deaths involving drugs, prescription or otherwise, according to the CDC.

It's not just parents that should keep proper poison control in mind. As workplaces go, laboratories are not nearly as risky as forests, but accidental poisoning has claimed the lives of experienced researchers as well as some of the most acclaimed figures in science.

Perhaps the most famous cautionary tale in science is that of Marie Curie, whose work on radioactivity earned her two Nobel Prizes in different scientific fields - chemistry and physics - a feat that has yet to be matched since.

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VIRGINIA TECH, UCLA, THE COURTS, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
http://blogs.sciencemag.org/sciencecareers/2012/03/where-i-live-th.html
Tags: education, follow-up, response

Virginia Tech, UCLA, the Courts, and Accountability
Here in Washington, DC, where I live, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, aka VPI&SU, or VA Tech [Editor's note: Thanks to the commenter for the correction] shooting massacre and the just-ended trial that grew out of it are heartbreakingly local. The killer grew up around here, as did 6 of his 32 victims. Many families hereabouts send their kids to study in Blacksburg, and thousands of alumni live in the metropolitan area. At strategic points in the athletic calendar, maroon-and-orange Hokies banners go up all over town.

But that hideous day in 2007 has important national implications as well, as the Chronicle of Higher Education points out.

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METH LAB BLAST ROCKS ANDERSON MOTEL
http://www.wsbt.com/news/wxin-meth-lab-blast-rocks-anderson-motel-20120317,0,4502561.story
Tags: us_IN, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab

Two people were burned in a morning methamphetamine laboratory explosion that rocked an Anderson motel.

Guests at the Days Inn Motel at 5706 S. Scatterfield Road were awaken at 7:22 a.m. by a blast from room 239. Inside police say a man and a woman were cooking meth.

"While the officer was enroute to the call, another call came in about a partially nude man running around in the parking lot of a grocery store with severe burns," said Detective Joel Sandefur of the Anderson Police Department. "That person ended up being the suspect from the motel room and we asked him how he got his burns and he said he was making meth."

Tracy Price II, 31, of Anderson, is hospitalized at Wishard Memorial Hospital. Mellissa Ellingwood, 35, of Anderson, was also burned and released from custody.

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AMMONIA LEAK SHUTS DOWN FARM CREEK DRIVE IN WOODBRIDGE
http://www2.insidenova.com/news/2012/mar/16/5/hazmat-crews-respond-ammonia-leak-woodbridge-ar-1771947/
Tags: us_VA, transportation, release, response, ammonia, gas_cylinders

WOODBRIDGE, Va. --
Hazmat officials responded to a ammonia leak on the 15000 block of Farm Creek Drive in Woodbridge on Friday, police said.

A pressurized 4-feet-tall, 150 pound ammonia cylinder fell off a truck at 1:32 p.m. and caused a small leak, according to Prince William Fire and Rescue Hazmat Coordinator Matt Adkins.

The neck of the cylinder broke on impact as it landed on the road. Hazmat officials utilized various tools, such as air quality meters, to ensure the area was safe, officials said.

Adkins said that the low amount of ammonia released did not pose an explosion or other threat to area residents. Those who lived near the incident were asked to remain where they were instead of evacuating, he added

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MATER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EVACUATED AFTER CHEMICAL SCARE
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-17/mater-emergency-department-evacuated-after-chemical-scare/3895726/?site=newcastle
Tags: Australia, laboratory, release, death, unknown_chemical

The emergency department at Newcastle's Mater Hospital had to be evacuated overnight after a man who had ingested a dangerous chemical was brought in.
Police say the 32 year old man had swallowed the chemical in the science laboratories at Newcastle University.
Concerns were raised about the volatility of the chemical and the Fire Brigade's Hazmat unit was called in.
Police Inspector Michael Gorman says a number of people who were in contact with the patient had to be decontaminated.
"Police and Hazmat and fire brigade attended the emergency department at the Mater Hospital," he said.
"They took steps to isolate the patient, close the emergency department to any more incoming patients and a partial evacuation of the emergency department as carried out until such time as Hazmat was satisfied that the area was safe.
The emergency department was re-opened just after 2 am (AEST) this morning.
Inspector Gorman says the area was decontaminated before being re-opened.
"The toxicologist was brought in both to treat the male patient but also to liaise with the HAZMAT staff in terms of the air quality and any possible contamination to any persons who had come into contact with the male during the course of the evening," he said.
"After those discussions the all clear was given, the area was decontaminated and the emergency department re-opened at approximately 2am."
The 32 year old man died early this morning.

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TWO SENT TO HOSPITAL WITH CHEMICAL BURNS AFTER DISPUTE IN EDWARDSVILLE
http://citizensvoice.com/news/two-sent-to-hospital-with-chemical-burns-after-dispute-in-edwardsville-1.1286606#axzz1pTogiuvv
Tags: us_PA, public, release, injury, ammonia

Two people went to the hospital with minor chemical burns after a dispute at 1019 Roosevelt Ave. Thursday night.

Several gallon jugs of cleaning fluid spilled and were thrown during the dispute, leaving the smell of ammonia in the apartment building were the dispute occurred. Around 11 p.m. Thursday, people were moving belongings out and opening windows at the building.

About nine or 10 people were displaced until the building was cleaned and aired out, said Edwardsville Deputy Fire Chief Frank Slymock. The Red Cross was not contacted and building management said it would help the displaced people for the night, he said.

Exposure to the chemicals is not life-threatening, but could be harmful to people with asthma or breathing problems, Slymock said.

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HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO CHEMICAL SPILL AT HENDRICK MEDICAL CENTER
http://www.ktxs.com/news/30695111/detail.html
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, xylene

ABILENE, Texas -- The Abilene Fire Department hazardous materials team responded to a chemical spill at Hendrick Medical Center just after noon Friday.
There was no report of injuries, and only a portion of the hospital basement was evacuated.
Although fumes from the chemical spill circulated through several floors of the hospital, there was no evacuation ordered.
The hazmat team determined there was no threat to staff or residents in the hospital.
AFD hazmat personnel checked air quality throughout all wings and floors of the hospital before the incident was resolved by 1:45 p.m.
The incident began when a maintenance team in the basement of the hospital was preparing to change out a pipe. The crew was using the chemical Xylene to clean the pipe, when about 1 gallon was spilled.
The spilled liquid sent an odor into the hospital ventilation system.

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CHEMICAL LEAK AT WATER PLANT CONTAINED
http://www.courierpress.com/news/2012/mar/16/chemical-leak-at-water-plant-contained/
Tags: us_IN, industrial, release, response, water_treatment

Fire Department responded to the Water Treatment Plant on Water Street Friday afternoon when an 1,800 gallon tank of chlorine began to leak.

Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Vanden Brook said the leak occurred around 3 p.m. in a warehouse that stores chlorine used to treat water.

Vanden Brook said a pipe between the tank and a valve of a chlorine tank ruptured, spilling about 5 to 10 gallons of chlorine per minute.

Firefighters diluted the chlorine, making it like chlorine bleach, he said. The liquid then ran into a conduit that leads to the sewer treatment plant, officials said.

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CHEMISTRY LAB MISTAKE CAUSES FIRE ALARM
http://tamnews.org/2012/03/chemistry-lab-mistake-causes-fire-alarm/
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, fire, response, magnesium

During seventh period on Friday, March 16, only a few minutes before school was over, the fire alarm was triggered by a student in Dr. Leslie Hart's chemistry class. The class was performing a series of chemical reaction labs, and the student ignited too much magnesium in a bunsen burner. "I saw it light out of the corner of my eye, and turned around to see a blazing light [coming from one of the lab stations]," said sophomore Max McQuaid.

Moments after igniting the magnesium, Dr. Hart had the student put it out. "A couple seconds after, the fire alarm started going off." said sophomore Paul Fuchs. Nothing was damaged and no one was hurt, and the alarm was shut off soon after that.

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MAN SUFFERS 'SIGNIFICANT' CHEMICAL BURNS IN FARMING ACCIDENT
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/man-suffers-significant-chemical-burns-in-farming-accident/article_0baf9f4a-6fe0-11e1-abeb-001871e3ce6c.html
Tags: us_IL, industrial, release, injury, ammonia

McLEAN A man suffered chemical burns Friday night when he was splashed with anhydrous ammonia near McLean, authorities said.
The man was filling tanks with the fertilizer about 7 p.m. at J & A Farms, 9641 E. 200 North Road, when he was sprayed by a leaky valve, said Mount Hope-Funks Grove Fire Chief Eric Fulk. The man suffered "significant burns" and was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Fulk said.
The man's name was not released, and his medical condition was not available.
The nitrogen-rich fertilizer forms a caustic alkali when it comes in contact with water, so it is especially dangerous to skin, eyes, lungs or other moist tissues.

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HERITAGE-WTI WORKERS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER BECOMING ILL
http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/567203/Heritage-WTI-Workers-Released-From-Hospital-After-Becoming-Ill.html?nav=510
Tags: us_OH, industrial, release, injury, waste

Three employees of Heritage-WTI taken to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon have been released and will be back on the job soon, according to a company spokesman.

The three employees became faint while working with a solid hazardous waste and were taken by company safety personnel to East Liverpool City Hospital, where they remained overnight for observation, according to Heritage-WTI officials.

None of the three were taken by helicopter to another facility as has been rumored, public relations specialist Raymond Wayne said, also noting that reports of four employees being involved were inaccurate.

All three were at the plant Thursday morning, presenting their medical release papers, Wayne said, adding, "They were fine."

When they became ill, the employees were wearing personal protective equipment that included respiratory protection. The material may have contained aniline, a chemical used in a variety of ways, including blue jean dye, polyurethane and medications.

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CHEMICAL TANKER CATCHES FIRE
http://www.mid-day.com/news/2012/mar/180312-mumbai-news-Chemical-tanker-catches-fire.htm
Tags: India, transportation, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

A chemical tanker caught fire on Saturday at 11.30 am following an explosion that occurred at the deck of the tanker. The Royal Diamond 7 was berthed at New Pir Pau berth, a chemical jetty belonging to the Mumbai Port Trust, to discharge a consignment of 2,000 tonnes of Toulene imported by Aegis Chemicals Ltd. The Marshal Island Flag Korean that owns the tanker from Singapore had berthed in the jetty on Saturday.

After completing cargo discharge operations, it was carrying out the stripping move for sailing out when the fire erupted. The Port Fire Service personnel put its fire fighting systems into operation to douse the flames. Three crew-members of the vessel got injured and were rushed to a nearby hospital. "The vessel is set to be removed from the jetty to a safer location in the harbour shortly," said Chief PRO VR Joglekar.

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LAB CHEMICALS REMOVED FROM TEXAS CAMPUS
http://www.nature.com/news/lab-chemicals-removed-from-texas-campus-1.10238
Tags: us_TX, laboratory, follow-up, response, other_chemical

A former graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin is enmeshed in a US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) inquiry after he was stopped for a traffic offence and found to have lab chemicals and equipment in his car.

Karl Jasheway was pulled over by Travis County police near Austin in December 2011 and charged with driving while intoxicated. The FBI's interest in Jasheway only emerged on 9 March as a result of a public-information request filed by Austin-based biosafety advocate Ed Hammond.

At the time of the incident, Jasheway was studying for a PhD in the laboratory of biologist Jon Robertus, known for his pioneering work on the structure of transfer RNA. Jasheway's research was part of the lab's federally funded work to develop an antidote for ricin, a highly toxic protein found in the castor oil plant Ricinus communis and a potential bioterror agent. Jasheway's work involved using a non-toxic component of the protein called the ricin A chain.

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STORE'S HAZMAT SCARE DRAWS CUSTOMS, HOMELAND SECURITY
http://www.wwaytv3.com/2012/03/15/stores-hazmat-scare-draws-customs-homeland-security
Tags: us_NC, transportation, discovery, response, unknown_chemical

ILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A scare at a Wilmington business this morning. Jugs of liquid found in a shipping container led to an evacuation, while police, US Customs and even Homeland Security got involved.
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"We started looking at the manifest bill of lading. This particular container was not listed on the bill of lading on the manifest, and we became concerned, and obviously US Customs became concerned as well," Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jimmy Casteen said.

The hazmat team was able to remove a sample of the liquid from the jugs, which they tested on site to determine what exactly was in them. Turns out, it's not a threat. The liquid appears to be a type of finishing product used on wicker furniture. The fire department says it likely was locked up accidentally in the shipping container in Indonesia and shipped overseas.

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MEDICAL CITY DALLAS FACES VIOLATION AFTER GREEN DYE RELEASE
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Non-toxic-green-slime-from-Medical-City--was-a-mistake-142851225.html
Tags: us_TX, public, release, environmental, dye

DALLAS - The city said it is issuing a Notice of Violation against Medical City Dallas for releasing a bright green dye into White Rock Creek on Wednesday.

Dallas Fire-Rescue's Hazmat team told News 8 the bright green dye, which was non-toxic and biodegradable, was flowing out of a cooling tower at the hospital after contractors tested pipes.

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SUSSEX TECH IN SPARTA CLOSED AFTER FIRE IN SCIENCE CLASSROOM
http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20120315/NJNEWS/303150016/Sussex-County-Technical-School-Sparta-closed-police-investigate-fire?odyssey=nav%7Chead
Tags: us_NJ, laboratory, fire, response, unknown_chemical, waste

SPARTA Sussex County Technical School was closed Thursday and will remain closed today after a Wednesday night fire that severely damaged a science classroom, police said.

The township Police Communications Center received a fire alarm from the high school at 8:35 p.m., according to a news release from the police department, which said the alarm was activated by smoke detectors.

Heavy smoke
A janitor reported a heavy smoke condition on the second floor of the building as Sparta firefighters arrived at 8:40 p.m. and entered the building.

On the second floor, a biology, chemistry, environmental lab was filled with thick smoke and flames coming from the base of one of the work tables, police said.

The fire quickly was extinguished and the classroom was ventilated though it sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage. An adjoining classroom also sustained heavy smoke and water damage, police said.

There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire was determined to be "nonsuspicious" after an investigation was conducted by the State Police Arson Unit, Sussex County Prosecutor's Office, Sparta Detective Terrence Mulligan and Sussex County Fire Marshal Michael Alvarez.

Source of fire
The fire appears to have started in a plastic garbage can after a chemical reaction occurred inside the container, police said.

The specific types of chemicals involved in the fire still are being determined, but it appeared that some accidentally were discarded in the can. Those chemicals have the potential to be volatile when mixed.

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FUME LEAK MARKS THIRD INCIDENT IN SISLER SINCE OCTOBER
http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_1654097a-6f06-11e1-94d3-0019bb2963f4.html
Tags: us_FL, laboratory, release, response, other_chemical

A student's experiment caused fumes from hazardous chemicals to leak into the air in Sisler Hall on Thursday night.
The student, who did not want to identify himself, was conducting an experiment alone on the third floor of the building when fumes started to rise from a 6-inch flask, said Gainesville Fire Rescue Lt. Gary Law.
Although GFR called the incident a chemical spill, only fumes leaked from the beaker. Sisler Hall was kept open while GFR inspected the lab where the incident happened.
The student told firefighters he was not hurt, but GFR insisted he go to the hospital as a precautionary measure for fear of inhalation hazards, said GFR Lt. Steve Mueller.
The student was working with a 100 mL mixture of carbon tetrachloride, hexane, triphenylphosphine and water.
The experiment was conducted on a countertop under a hood, which prevented the fumes from being released into surrounding air.
Law said if it had not been for the hood, the situation could have been a lot worse.
This was at least the third incident involving hazardous chemical reactions in Sisler Hall throughout the past year. The first occurred Oct. 11 when a student's vial exploded as he transferred it to a scale. The second was on Jan. 11 when a student's chemical mixture exploded under a protective hood.
GFR would not comment as to why chemical-related accidents keep happening in Sisler Hall.
"But it's something that should be asked," Mueller said.

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ONE LANE OF I-70 EAST AT S.R. 256 REOPENS AFTER HAZMAT CLEANUP
http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/03/15/columbus-70-closed-at-256-for-hazmat-cleanup.html
Tags: us_OH, transportation, release, response, cleaners

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One lane of Interstate 70 at state Route 256 reopened early Friday morning following a Thursday evening Hazmat cleanup.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a commercial vehicle spilled a cleaning agent onto the road shortly after 6 p.m.

Two lanes of the highway were closed for about four hours.

Traffic was being diverted to S.R. 256, and the ramps to I-70 east from Brice Road and S.R. 256 also were closed, 10TV News reported.

Ohio Department of Transportation officials said that the cleaning agent damaged the pavement, and crews were working to make repairs.

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LIGHTENING LIKELY STARTED OHIO CHEMICAL FIRE
http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/mar/16/lightening-likely-started-ohio-chemical-fire-ar-967347/
Tags: us_OH, industrial, follow-up, response, magnesium

BELLEVUE, Ohio --
Investigators say lightening most likely started a chemical fire earlier this week at a magnesium plant in a northern Ohio town.

The state fire marshal's office ruled Thursday that the fire at MagReTech Inc. in Bellevue was natural. No one was injured in Tuesday's blaze at the plant, about midway between Toledo and Cleveland.

The office made its findings based on lightning strike data from the National Weather Service, the fire scene investigation and interviews with witnesses.

Four semitrailers containing scraps of magnesium were ignited and burned for more than five hours before the fire was controlled.

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