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Date: August 15, 2012 5:26:33 AM EDT
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:26:14 AM

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Table of Contents (11 articles)

FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO SMALL EXPLOSION AT NU CHEM LAB
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, explosion, response, nanotech

DEAD MAN, EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS FOUND IN BUCKS CO. HOME
Tags: us_PA, public, discovery, death, bomb

FIRE BREAKS OUT IN JIANGSU PESTICIDE FACTORY|SOCIETY|CHINADAILY.COM.CN
Tags: China, industrial, fire, response, pesticides

INDIA: LAB CHEMICAL IN GARBAGE INJURES SCRAP COLLECTOR
Tags: India, laboratory, fire, injury, waste

METH LAB EXPLODES IN MAN'S FACE
Tags: us_KY, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab, waste

AVIATIONNEWS.NET
Tags: public, follow-up, response

EVACUATIONS LIFTED AFTER HAZMAT SCARE ON CENTENNIAL BLVD
Tags: us_CO, public, release, injury, chlorine, metals

HAZMAT CREWS RESPOND TO FIRE AT MARTINEZ SHELL REFINERY CBS SACRAMENTO
Tags: us_CA, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

WARNING OVER CHEMICAL SPILL AT HOBART ZINC SMELTER
Tags: Australia, industrial, release, response, sulphur

LLANGEFNI INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CHEMICAL LEAK CONTAINED
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, release, response, ammonia

CHEMICAL LEAK AT CIRCUS OZ BUILDING IN COLLINGWOOD
Tags: Australia, public, release, injury, gas_cylinders


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FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO SMALL EXPLOSION AT NU CHEM LAB
http://evanston.patch.com/articles/firefighters-respond-to-small-explosion-at-nu-chem-lab
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, explosion, response, nanotech

Evanston firefighters responded to a small explosion inside the oven of a chemistry lab at Northwestern University around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

According to the fire notification service to which Patch subscribes, the explosion went off in Room 1018 of Ryan Hall, 2190 Campus Drive. The building holds nanotechnology, biology and chemistry labs, according to Northwestern's website.

An employee who answered the phone at Northwestern University's Police Department Tuesday evening declined to provide information about the explosion, but referred calls to a police department spokesperson who was out until the morning.

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DEAD MAN, EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS FOUND IN BUCKS CO. HOME
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8773408
Tags: us_PA, public, discovery, death, bomb

NEW BRITAIN TWP., Pa. - August 14, 2012 (WPVI) -- Investigators descended on a home in Bucks County Tuesday after the homeowner was found dead and a cache of explosive materials discovered inside.

Police say those materials include an anti-tank rocket used for training by the military and some highly explosive chemicals.

At nine o'clock Tuesday morning, police and paramedics responded to a call of a man in cardiac arrest. They found the homeowner, 34-year-old Christopher Kanter, a software engineer, unresponsive in the kitchen. He'd been dead for hours.
Police then discovered an inert anti-tank rocket in a container in the living room.

In the basement, kitchen and bedroom they found large quantities of a black powder, fireworks, and liquid chemicals including pitric acid, which is highly explosive in its crystallized form.

"It looked like he was making improvised explosive devices," said New Britain Twp. Police Chief Robert Scafidi. Scafidi added that authorities have no idea if he had any intention of using them.

ATF agents and other explosives experts closed down the street and set up a mobile lab to analyze the dangerous chemicals stockpiled inside the home.

"There's a chemist here checking what they are," said Scafidi, "what can be removed and what has to be detonated on the scene."

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FIRE BREAKS OUT IN JIANGSU PESTICIDE FACTORY|SOCIETY|CHINADAILY.COM.CN
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-08/15/content_15676358.htm
Tags: China, industrial, fire, response, pesticides

NANJING - Fire broke out in a pesticide factory in east China's Jiangsu Province late on Tuesday, local authorities said.
The fire broke out at 7:40 pm in a storage house of the Chemical Pesticide Factory of Jiangsu Yangnong Chemical Group Co. Ltd, in Yangzhou city, said an official of the municipal government.
As of 10 pm, no casualties had been reported.
Initial investigation showed the fire was triggered by a lightning strike. Heavy smoke burst out from the materials in the workshop, the official said.

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INDIA: LAB CHEMICAL IN GARBAGE INJURES SCRAP COLLECTOR
http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2012/Aug/14/lab-chemical-in-garbage-injures-scrap-collector-37.asp
Tags: India, laboratory, fire, injury, waste

Srinagar, Aug 13: A scrap collector was injured when some laboratory reagent in the garbage he was fiddling caught fire in Raj Bagh here.

Scrap collector Muhammad Qayoom Talawdar son of Muhammad Khaliq resident of 24 Pargana, West Bangal at present Mehjoor Nagar Bund, Srinagar received injuries, when some chemical dumped in the garbage in Rajbagh, in the jurisdiction of Police station Rajbagh caught fire.

The injured was sent to Hospital for treatment. Rajbagh Police has registered a case in this regard.

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METH LAB EXPLODES IN MAN'S FACE
http://www.lex18.com/news/meth-lab-explodes-in-man-s-face
Tags: us_KY, public, explosion, injury, meth_lab, waste

A man suffered injuries when a one-step meth lab exploded in his face Sunday night in Madison County.

Deputies say a man helping close the BP station on Boonesborough Road off I-75 around 10 p.m. threw a bag of trash in a dumpster, sparking the explosion. The blast sprayed chemicals in the victim's face. Fire department crews decontaminated the man at the scene, and EMS took him to Pattie A. Clay Hospital for treatment. Officials say the victim will be OK.

Deputies say there was no risk to others in the area.

"It's just a plastic bottle, basically trash. But it still has to be cleaned up and disposed of properly. Putting it in a dumpster is not the proper way to do that." Madison County Sheriff's Office Sgt.Michael Marcum said.

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AVIATIONNEWS.NET
http://www.aviationnews.net/?do=headline&news_ID 8804
Tags: public, follow-up, response

FAA has proposed fining FedEx $681,200 for allegedly violating DOT's hazardous materials regulations.

The agency charged that between Aug. 2 and Aug. 12, 2010, FedEx employees in numerous locations around the country improperly accepted several dozen shipments containing hazardous materials for transportation by air. FAA inspectors discovered the alleged violations during an inspection and records check of FedEx facilities in the Los Angeles area.

FAA also alleged that in 19 instances on Aug. 12, 2010, the airline failed to provide pilots of flights to and from Los Angeles with the required "accurate and legible written information" about shipments of hazardous materials it accepted for transportation by air.

Additionally, FAA alleged FedEx failed to document hazardous materials training and testing for three individuals who were among those accepting the shipments for the company. The training includes security awareness, and initial and recurrent training on the handling of hazardous materials. This training is necessary to ensure compliance with the hazardous materials regulations.

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EVACUATIONS LIFTED AFTER HAZMAT SCARE ON CENTENNIAL BLVD
http://www.krdo.com/news/One-person-injured-in-hazmat-situation-at-metal-company/-/417220/16093154/-/13m2g9j/-/index.html
Tags: us_CO, public, release, injury, chlorine, metals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Evacuations have been lifted after a hazmat situation in the 4700 block of Centennial Blvd on Monday afternoon.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department tells us a chlorine detector went off at Thin Metal Parts, a business in the area. Someone in the building then had a panic attack and was transported to the hospital.

Thin Metal Parts and another nearby business were evacuated for several hours on Monday afternoon while hazmat crews searched the building. No chlorine gas was detected and employees were permitted back inside around 3:30 p.m.

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HAZMAT CREWS RESPOND TO FIRE AT MARTINEZ SHELL REFINERY CBS SACRAMENTO
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/08/13/hazmat-crews-respond-to-fire-at-martinez-shell-refinery/
Tags: us_CA, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

MARTINEZ (CBS) - A small fire at the Shell refinery in Martinez has prompted a response from the Contra Costa County's hazardous materials team.

The fire was reported around 2:45 p.m. at the refinery on Pacheco Boulevard in Martinez and caused a small amount smoke. Contra Costa County Hazmat staff were responding, according to county officials.

There was no shelter-in-place enacted, but people with pre-existing respiratory issues such as asthma were urged to avoid the area.

The fire comes less than a week after a false alarm at the refinery triggered sirens and a shelter-in-place warning, and one week after a huge fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

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WARNING OVER CHEMICAL SPILL AT HOBART ZINC SMELTER
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/warning-over-chemical-spill-at-hobart-zinc-smelter/story-fndo48ca-1226449964818
Tags: Australia, industrial, release, response, sulphur

RESIDENTS in several Hobart suburbs are being warned to stay indoors with the windows closed after a hazardous chemical spill at a zinc smelter.

Northern suburbs of the city on both sides of the River Derwent have been told to close windows and doors and ensure air-conditioners are switched to re-circulate, The Mercury reports.

The Tasmania Fire Service issued the warning following a "hazardous materials incident" - believed to be a spill of sulphur trioxode at the Nystar zinc smelter at Lutana - saying exposure to the material may be dangerous.

Sulphur trioxode, the primary agent in acid rain, is highly corrosive and can cause serious burns if it is inhaled or ingested.

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LLANGEFNI INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CHEMICAL LEAK CONTAINED
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-19252786
Tags: United_Kingdom, industrial, release, response, ammonia

Residents were advised to stay in their homes and to close doors and windows while firefighters contained a chemical leak at a food factory on Anglesey.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent seven engines to Llangefni Industrial Estate at 21:09 BST on Monday after an "unknown quantity" of ammonia gas leaked from a premises.

Police and ambulances also attended, as well as three specialist fire vehicles.

The fire service contained the leak and left the scene at 02:45 BST on Tuesday.

A fire service spokeswoman said the incident occurred at a "food-related premises".

She added: "Firefighters with protective clothing and breathing apparatus isolated and stemmed the leak to disperse the vapour cloud with water, and to contain the affected area within the site.

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CHEMICAL LEAK AT CIRCUS OZ BUILDING IN COLLINGWOOD
http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/08/14/3567747.htm
Tags: Australia, public, release, injury, gas_cylinders

The MFB say a leak from an unmarked cylinder at a construction site in Collingwood has been brought under control.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade says that a chemical incident in Collingwood has been brought under control.
The MFB released a Watch and Act warning after a large cylinder was discovered leaking at a construction site in Collingwood.
View the current warnings from the MFB
Six people have been treated, with three people transported to hospital for observation.
The former Collingwood TAFE building is being converted into new premises for Circus Oz.

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