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Date: May 9, 2012 8:05:51 AM EDT
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HERALD PALLADIUM > LOCAL NEWS > POLICE: METH BLAST TO BLAME FOR MAN'S SEVERE INJURIES
Tags: us_MI, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab

IEAT TO CHECK 65 PLANTS AFTER BLAST
Tags: Thailand, industrial, follow-up, death, unknown_chemical

CHEMICAL PROMPTS BUILDING EVACUATIONS AT IIT
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, discovery, response, unknown_chemical

EXPLOSION BLOWS DOORS OFF NEW SMYRNA BEACH BUSINESS
Tags: us_FL, industrial, explosion, response, ammonia

EXPLOSION ROCKS SOUTH SEATTLE; NO INJURIES
Tags: us_WA, industrial, explosion, response, acetylene

MAN FALLS INTO ACID TANK, CO-WORKER JUMPS IN TOO
Tags: us_NJ, industrial, release, injury, acids

WILDOMAR: ONE PERSON HURT IN CHEMICAL FIRE, AUTHORITIES SAY
Tags: us_CA, public, fire, injury, pool_chemicals

ACID EXPLOSION REPORTED AT LOCAL POWER PLANT
Tags: us_MO, industrial, explosion, response, hydrochloric_acid

KANSAS METH CASES INCREASE BUT OPERATIONS ARE SMALLER, KBI SAYS
Tags: us_KS, public, follow-up, response, drugs


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HERALD PALLADIUM > LOCAL NEWS > POLICE: METH BLAST TO BLAME FOR MAN'S SEVERE INJURIES
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/articles/2012/05/08/local_news/9867357.txt
Tags: us_MI, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab

GOBLES - A rural Gobles man is lucky to be alive after his suspected meth lab exploded Sunday, burning him severely, Van Buren County Sheriff's officers said.

The man, 52, is in stable condition in a medically induced coma at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo following the 5:23 a.m. meth fire, Sgt. Dan Abbott said.

Police did not identify the man because no arrest warrant has yet been issued.

But a neighbor identified him as John "Johnny" Uminn.

His mother drove him to Bronson after the fire and explosion in the garage at 27242 12th Ave. in Pine Grove Township, and Uminn told hospital staff what had happened.

Police said they then obtained a search warrant and found the suspected meth lab and lab components in the garage. Uminn's mother told police her son was so badly burned that skin was falling off his hands, and police found some of his fingernails in the garage.

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IEAT TO CHECK 65 PLANTS AFTER BLAST
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/IEAT-to-check-65-plants-after-blast-30181560.html
Tags: Thailand, industrial, follow-up, death, unknown_chemical

The massive explosion at the factory of a Bangkok Synthetics subsidiary that killed 11 and injured another 129 people on Saturday has prompted the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) to examine 65 hazardous factories in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate.

The Pollution Control Depart-ment (PCD) has also called on manufacturers in the estate to reveal to the public and other agencies all hazardous and non-hazardous chemical substances used in their production processes.

The IEAT's deputy governor, Peerawt Rungrueng, said his agency would send teams to investigate 65 factories likely to be at risk accidents inside the estate.

The team will comprise staff from related agencies, local representatives and the Industrial Works Department.

"We will not investigate without participation from local people," he said, adding that the survey was expected to be finished next week.

Currently, IEAT staff are examining damage to the BST Elastomers facility and nearby factories affected by the massive explosion.

The IEAT has also ordered Aditya Birla Chemicals to suspend operations after a chemical leak at its Map Ta Phut factory on Sunday that led to the hospitalisation of 138 people.

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CHEMICAL PROMPTS BUILDING EVACUATIONS AT IIT
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/12401239-418/chemical-prompts-building-evacuations-at-iit.html
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, discovery, response, unknown_chemical

A report of an acid spill prompted the evacuation of two buildings and a HazMat response at the Illinois Institute of Technology on the South Side on Tuesday afternoon.

About 1:30 p.m., a Level 2 HazMat response was called for a reported acid spill in the basement of 3110 S. State St., Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight said. That building, as well as a second at 3105 S. State St., were evacuated.

But a spokesman for the school said there was no spill. The HazMat response was secured about 3:40 p.m.

Jeanne Hartig, vice president of communications at IIT, said students were conducting a regular chemical inventory in the Engineering 1 Building when they found a safety container holding a material used for etching metals.

The students were unfamiliar with the substance and contacted the school's Public Safety department to be "extra cautious," she said.

A source said the students were checking materials in the science building when they found expired and possibly dangerous materials, but Hartig would not confirm that information, though she said there had not been an acid spill.

The police Bomb and Arson Unit was removing the material from the building with firefighters' assistance, Fire Media Director Larry Langford said. About 200 people were evacuated from the two buildings.

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EXPLOSION BLOWS DOORS OFF NEW SMYRNA BEACH BUSINESS
http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2012/5/8/explosion_new_smyrna.html
Tags: us_FL, industrial, explosion, response, ammonia

NEW SMYRNA BEACH --
An explosion at a Volusia County business early Tuesday may have been caused by an ammonia leak, investigators said.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. at a Reddy Ice in the Airport Industrial Park, just south of New Smyrna Municipal Airport.

Hazardous materials crews shut down the industrial complex as they cleaned up the scene. The complex has since reopened.
According to New Smyrna Beach fire Chief David McAllister, a police officer was conducting his regular beat check Tuesday morning, when he said he smelled the unmistakable odor of ammonia.

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EXPLOSION ROCKS SOUTH SEATTLE; NO INJURIES
http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/2012/05/07/explosion-rocks-south-seattle-no-injuries/
Tags: us_WA, industrial, explosion, response, acetylene

An explosion at a South Seattle gas processing facility Monday afternoon caused a lot of noise and little else.

Just before 1:30 p.m., Seattle firefighters were called to the Airgas facility at 7700 14th Avenue South following an explosion there.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the explosion occurred at an acetylene handing facility inside a room built to contain explosions. Six employees inside the building were uninjured.

Firefighters cleared a larger area around the facility following the explosion while they checked for gas leaks. The explosion damaged nearby windows and the building itself, but no injuries were reported.

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MAN FALLS INTO ACID TANK, CO-WORKER JUMPS IN TOO
http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Man-Falls-in-Acid-Tank-Clifton-NJ-Construction-Worker-150450305.html
Tags: us_NJ, industrial, release, injury, acids

A construction worker fell through a rotted roof into an acid tank in New Jersey on Monday, suffering severe burns before his co-worker jumped in to pull him out, officials said.

The second man was also burned, but less severely.

The men were working for a roofing company to replace the roof at 1 Clifton Boulevard in Clifton, N.J.

Fire officials said the first worker fell through the weakened part of the roof into the tank below, which was used for cleaning steel.

He suffered burns from head to foot, and was not responsive when rescuers arrived, officials said. His co-worker who jumped in also had signs of burns but was more lucid after the fall and was able to rinse himself off.

He was taken to the hospital along with the first man.

Three other workers also helped the two acid-soaked men. They were also taken to the hospital.

Clifton fire officials said the building work had no permits and was being investigated.

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WILDOMAR: ONE PERSON HURT IN CHEMICAL FIRE, AUTHORITIES SAY
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/wildomar/wildomar-one-person-hurt-in-chemical-fire-authorities-say/article_f50d01c6-56ce-56c2-bf4f-1ad6f5802afb.html
Tags: us_CA, public, fire, injury, pool_chemicals

WILDOMAR ---- One person was hurt Monday while helping to extinguish a fire that started in a swimming pool pump at a home in Wildomar, authorities said.

Firefighters with the Riverside County Fire Department responded at 11:25 a.m. to a report of a blaze at a home on Sellers Road, according to a report by Cheri Patterson, a spokeswoman for the department.

A leaky swimming pool pump caught fire, and pool chemicals that were nearby were partially burned, according to the report.

A neighbor who helped extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived was having problems breathing, the report said. The person was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

Hazardous materials officials with county and state fire departments investigated the incident and determined that a relatively small amount of chemicals had leaked from the pump, and the leak did not endanger the community, according to the report.

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ACID EXPLOSION REPORTED AT LOCAL POWER PLANT
http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/home/ticker/Acid-explosion-reported-at-local-power-plant-150351075.html
Tags: us_MO, industrial, explosion, response, hydrochloric_acid

SIKESTON, Mo. Sikeston Public Safety is reporting an active Haz-Mat incident at Sikeston's Board of Municipal Utilities Power Plant.
Around 4:30am Sunday, the Sikeston BMU Power Plant reported a trailer containing hydrochloric acid exploded at their facility. The catastrophic failure of this container resulted in a 7,500 gallon spill. Sikeston DPS immediately dispatched their Haz-Mat team to the site to evaluate the incident.
It was learned that the spill was confined to the immediate area of the incident and no one was injured during the release. It isn't known at this time what caused the pressurized container to fail, but we know that fire was not the cause. This type of chemical release requires a relatively short evacuation distance, which fell inside the property of the BMU facility. At no time was anyone outside the property lines of the power plant in any danger. Residents who live nearby the Sikeston Power Plant are completely free of any danger. In addition the Power plant did not suffer any significant damage.
According to BMU, this incident has had no effect on their operation. Every year BMU has a planned outage to conduct yearly maintenance at their facility. The Power Plant was currently going through this annual maintenance when this incident occurred. As a result, this incident did not disrupt their service.

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KANSAS METH CASES INCREASE BUT OPERATIONS ARE SMALLER, KBI SAYS
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/05/06/3597932/kbi-meth-cases-up-but-operations.html
Tags: us_KS, public, follow-up, response, drugs

The number of meth manufacturing cases in Kansas rose 43 percent last year, but the jump hasn't alarmed state law enforcement officials.

Deputy KBI Director Kyle Smith said a part of the increase from 143 incidents in 2010 to 204 in 2011 was the result of a change in the way reports are counted. The 17 incidents reported after Jan. 31, 2011, would have gone into the 2012 total under the old system of reporting, he said.

And while the raw numbers are still up, he said, the operations that were uncovered by law enforcement officers last year were generally smaller than the ones that were commonly found in previous years. He said a review of the 2011 cases found that more than 40 percent were "one-pot" operations that involved much smaller amounts of meth than are found in traditional meth-making operations.

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