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Date: March 23, 2012 8:06:22 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Friday, March 23, 2012 8:06:01 AM

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Table of Contents (9 articles)

FUMES AT KCK CASINO STORAGE BUILDING SEND ONE TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_KS, public, release, injury, cleaners

CHEMICAL SPILL CLOSES ROADS
Tags: us_WA, public, fire, response, ag_chems

CHEMICAL EXPLOSION AT PORTLAND FACTORY INJURES 2
Tags: us_OR, industrial, explosion, injury, trichlorosilane

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE CHEMICAL PLANT IN GEISMAR
Tags: us_LA, industrial, explosion, response, other_chemical

APARTMENT FIRE CAUSED BY P-LAB
Tags: New_Zealand, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab

EXPLOSION AT £21-MILLION PODS CAUSED BY A ‘CHEMICAL MIX-UP'
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, follow-up, response, chlorine

4 ARRESTED FOR SETTING OFF CHEMICAL BOMBS IN LEMON TOWNSHIP
Tags: us_OH, public, follow-up, response, bomb

CORNING EXPLOSION SENT 3 TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_ME, industrial, follow-up, response, hydrogen, nitric_acid, waste

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT TO FOCUS ON SAFETY
Tags: us_FL, laboratory, follow-up, response


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FUMES AT KCK CASINO STORAGE BUILDING SEND ONE TO HOSPITAL
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/22/3506389/fumes-at-kck-casino-storage-building.html
Tags: us_KS, public, release, injury, cleaners

One person was taken to the hospital as a precaution early this morning after inhaling chemical fumes in a storage building at the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kan.

The worker was preparing cleaning products just after 1 a.m. when a reaction caused a release of fumes, according to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

When fire crews arrived they determined that no toxic fumes remained in the building. The storage building was not attached to the casino and its operations were not affected.

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CHEMICAL SPILL CLOSES ROADS
http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/news/article_74919fb4-7458-11e1-adb7-001871e3ce6c.html
Tags: us_WA, public, fire, response, ag_chems

GEORGE — Grant County Fire District 3 and the Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported chemical spill and fire near George.
Emergency dispatchers received a call today at about 12:20 p.m. that approximately 800 pounds of a dry chemical fertilizer were released near Road 1 Northwest and State Route 281.
An unknown individual was reportedly cutting apart what was likely a metal container when the fertilizer ignited, according to Sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman.
The resultant plume of smoke was drifting east from the scene, causing SR 281 to be closed for a short time.

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CHEMICAL EXPLOSION AT PORTLAND FACTORY INJURES 2
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/chemical-explosion-portland-factory-injures-15984610#.T2xlUFHyeAE
Tags: us_OR, industrial, explosion, injury, trichlorosilane

A Portland Fire spokesman says an explosion involving a chemical reactor at a silicon factory has injured two people.

Spokesman Paul Corah says two men were doing maintenance Thursday night near the chemical reactor at Wacker Siltronics. The reactor combines chemicals for manufacturing.

Corah says reports indicate the explosion occurred when oxygen interacted with a substance called trichlorosilane. He says that's a chemical compound of silicon, hydrogen and chlorine.

A 56-year-old man and a 58-year-old man reported respiratory problems after the explosion and were taken to a hospital.

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AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE CHEMICAL PLANT IN GEISMAR
http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120322/APN/1203220727?Title=Chemical-plant-burning-in-Geismar
Tags: us_LA, industrial, explosion, response, other_chemical

GEISMAR, La. - An explosion and fire at a chemical plant in southeastern Louisiana caused the release of hazardous vinyl chloride into the air, authorities said.

No one was injured in Thursday's accident at the Westlake Vinyls plant in the Geismar community, an area that plays host to a large number of chemical plants that dot the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans.

State police spokesman Russell Graham said it wasn't clear how much of the chemical was released, but a small cloud was hovering over the plant. A handful of residents living in the heavily industrial area were advised to stay indoors, keep doors and windows closed and turn off air conditioning units. Other plants in the area were advised to do likewise.

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APARTMENT FIRE CAUSED BY P-LAB
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/6617325/Three-hurt-in-chemical-fire
Tags: New_Zealand, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab

A fire in a West Auckland apartment this morning started with a vapour explosion caused by chemicals used to make drugs.

Three people were injured in the fire which destroyed the Hobsonville Rd property.

The house is thought to have been a "reasonably extensive" P-lab.

One man is in Middlemore Hospital with serious burns while two others were taken to Waitakere Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, St John ambulance said.

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EXPLOSION AT £21-MILLION PODS CAUSED BY A ‘CHEMICAL MIX-UP'
http://www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk/Explosion-21-million-Pods-caused-8216-chemical/story-15588840-detail/story.html
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, follow-up, response, chlorine

The chemical explosion at The Pods leisure centre happened after a worker mixed 5kg of chlorine tablets with another chemical, an official report has revealed.

The step was taken despite clear instructions warning the dangers of mixing the substance, the Telegraph can reveal.

Opening day: The main pool in use at The Pods on its first day open to the public for bathing last July

Opening day: The main pool in use at The Pods on its first day open to the public for bathing last July

The explosion delayed the opening of the swimming pool by seven days.

The accident and incident investigation report, carried out by the council's corporate safety unit, gives details of what happened at the Ashby Road site on June 18 last year.

The papers reveal that the incident was drawn to the attention of staff when the duty manager at The Pods walked into a cloud of chlorine gas after investigating the cause of an activated fire alarm.

At around 10.30am, he walked into the swimming pool plant room, which had been shown on the fire panel as the location of the blast, via the dryside fire exit.

The report reads: "As he opened the fire exit, he walked into a cloud of chlorine gas. He immediately shut the doors, exited the building via the main entrance and tried to access the service compound to gain entry to the rear outside plant room door."

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4 ARRESTED FOR SETTING OFF CHEMICAL BOMBS IN LEMON TOWNSHIP
http://www.kypost.com/dpp/news/region_north_cincinnati/monroe/3-arrested-for-setting-off-drano-bombs1332392001182
Tags: us_OH, public, follow-up, response, bomb

MONROE, Ohio - The Monroe Police Department made four arrests Wednesday in connection to the manufacture and detonation of chemical bombs in Lemon Township.

Steven Bolin, 19, Michael Akers, 18, and Brian Carr, 19, all of Middletown, are accused of setting off the homemade bombs on Hickory Street Tuesday morning. Police later arrested and charged a fourth suspect, Klair Garrett of Hamilton, Wednesday night.

Police were originally called to the street for a report of possible shots fired. Officers quickly noticed the various soda bottles lying in the street and in yards. Investigators recovered a total of nine 'chemical reaction' bombs. A tenth was not activated.

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CORNING EXPLOSION SENT 3 TO HOSPITAL
http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120322/NEWS/203220354/-1/NEWSMAP
Tags: us_ME, industrial, follow-up, response, hydrogen, nitric_acid, waste

KENNEBUNK — A chemical reaction led to a gas explosion at Corning Inc. last week, sending three people to the hospital.

Kennebunk Fire Chief Stephen Nichols said chemicals, including nitric acid, were mixed in a dispensing barrel in a waste room, giving off explosive hydrogen gas, on the night of Wednesday, March 14.

"Either an electric motor or a switch or something triggered it to ignite and caused the explosion," Nichols said. "The explosion, it burned up all the gas. It was a gas cloud and that was the end of it."

Three employees were transported to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, but were released without injury, Nichols said. The explosion happened around 9:30 p.m.

A hazardous materials team was brought in for clean-up, Nichols said. There was no residual fire from the explosion, and damage was confined to the waste room.

"It was just a matter of, unfortunately, something that shouldn't have been introduced that was introduced into the barrels," Nichols said.

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT TO FOCUS ON SAFETY
http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_9f537b56-73da-11e1-a4d8-0019bb2963f4.html
Tags: us_FL, laboratory, follow-up, response

Three chemical incidents have called fire and police department officials to Sisler Hall in this school year, and the chemistry department is reacting.

The first two events — both explosions, one on Oct. 11 and one on Jan. 11 — happened in synthesis labs. The third, which happened March 15, involved a student who felt faint, according to a University Police report.

In response, the department and UF's Environmental Health & Safety division of Business Affairs have partnered to emphasize the significance of staying safe. Their focus is training students to always think about safety, said Daniel Talham, chair of the chemistry department.

"We're trying to change the culture so people take safety as seriously here as they do in an industrial lab," he said. "Where we've fallen down is really stressing the importance that safety is everybody's responsibility, all day, every day."

After the October explosion, EHS representatives came to synthesis labs and ran special review sessions about handling hazardous materials and using protective equipment.

The students were concerned and cooperative, said EHS Director Bill Properzio.

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