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Friday, May 10, 2013 8:04:51 AM

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Table of Contents (12 articles)

STUDENTS RETURNING AFTER NJ HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED FOR FUMES
Tags: us_NJ, education, release, response, unknown_chemical

EXPLOSION ROCKS ST. PETERS HOME, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, OFFICIALS SAY
Tags: us_MO, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

THREE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL SCARE
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, release, injury, unknown_chemical

VT. TOWNS BATTLE EXPLOSIVE THAT'S LEGAL TO BUY
Tags: us_VT, public, explosion, response, explosives

IN THE WAKE OF WEST, TEXAS: 1,000 TOXIC CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS YOU HAVE NOT HEARD OF
Tags: public, follow-up, environmental, ammonia

CHEMICAL PLANT IN IRAN'S ISFAHAN EXPLODES
Tags: Iran, industrial, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

RICHMOND TAKING HARD LINE ON CHEVRON IN AFTERMATH OF FIRE
Tags: us_CA, industrial, follow-up, injury, petroleum

HAZMAT SITUATION AT CSX TERMINAL IN DETROIT
Tags: us_MI, transportation, release, injury, pesticides

CHEMICAL LEAK FORCES EVACUATION OF NORTH LUBBOCK NEIGHBORHOOD
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, hydrochloric_acid

EXPLOSION AT SANDBLASTING PLANT IN EUFAULA
Tags: us_OK, industrial, explosion, injury, propane

FATAL OIL-TANK BLAST TIED TO WELDING
Tags: us_UT, industrial, explosion, death, petroleum

2 INJURED IN ENFIELD PROPANE TANK EXPLOSION- THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER
Tags: us_CT, industrial, explosion, injury, propane


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STUDENTS RETURNING AFTER NJ HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED FOR FUMES
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9096201
Tags: us_NJ, education, release, response, unknown_chemical

GALLOWAY TWP., N.J. - May 9, 2013 (WPVI) -- Students are being allowed back into Absegami High School after the building was evacuated Thursday for a strong chemical odor.

The odor was reported after 9:00 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of the facility on South Wrangleboro Road.

Intial reports indicated the odor was coming from a second floor storage closet that houses various chemicals and supplies.

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EXPLOSION ROCKS ST. PETERS HOME, CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE, OFFICIALS SAY
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/stcharles/explosion-rocks-st-peters-home-causing-significant-damage-officials-say/article_dfb708d5-9ea1-5368-87c4-d9c346e5fb44.html
Tags: us_MO, public, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

ST. PETERS A chemical explosion in the basement of a St. Peters home shortly after noon today caused major structural damage, fire officials said.

Two men were refinishing a concrete floor in the basement of a three-bedroom ranch at 63 Harvest Point Court, when the fumes ignited, said Scott Freitag, assistant chief of Cottleville Fire Protection District.

Freitag said the men were using a sprayer. They did not use proper ventilation, and the hot water heater was left on, he said.

Neither one of the workers were injured. He said one wall of the home was blown out about 18 inches, the garage door buckled, and the roof over the front porch lifted off its columns, then set back down.

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THREE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CHEMICAL SCARE
http://www.lurganmail.co.uk/news/local/three-taken-to-hospital-after-chemical-scare-1-5077211
Tags: United_Kingdom, laboratory, release, injury, unknown_chemical

THREE people were taken to hospital after potentially dangerous chemicals were issuing fumes in a chemistry lab at the Glanbia cheese factory in Magheralin.

Two fire appliances from Lurgan and two from Lisburn attended a special service call to the factory at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.

As a precaution the building was evacuated.

Fire personnel wearing breathing apparatus and gas tight suits entered the room and ventilated the area. Using gas monitoring equipment they monitored the surrounding air.

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VT. TOWNS BATTLE EXPLOSIVE THAT'S LEGAL TO BUY
http://www.wcax.com/story/22199164/vt-towns-battle-explosive-thats-legal-to-buy
Tags: us_VT, public, explosion, response, explosives

WALLINGFORD, Vt. -
"I felt the concussion go through my chest," Ann Tiplady said. "I have never felt anything like that before."

Tiplady lives on a quiet farm in Wallingford, but a recent string of explosions have set her and many neighbors on edge.

"Suddenly there was a very loud explosion next-door. My husband was on the other side of the house and he said he felt it inside his body, and he thought a gas station 2 miles away had blown up," Tiplady said.

The Vermont State Police say over the last several weeks they have been responding to numerous calls from concerned residents in Wallingford, Clarendon and Ira. Although the booms are packing a serious punch, they are coming from small containers and are what authorities are calling "exploding targets."

"It is something that is used as a target and it does, it explodes. But the ATF, federal agencies said there is nothing illegal about it. It is legal to buy, it is legal to possess," Vt. State Police Lt. Chuck Cacciatore said.

Inside the canister are two separate ingredients: ammonium nitrate prills and aluminum power. On their own, the items are not considered explosives, but once mixed and then shot with a rifle, the blast can be massive. While a half-pound is recommended to use on targets, 100 pounds can level a house.

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IN THE WAKE OF WEST, TEXAS: 1,000 TOXIC CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS YOU HAVE NOT HEARD OF
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/16254-in-the-wake-of-west-texas-1000-toxic-chemical-accidents-you-have-not-heard-of
Tags: public, follow-up, environmental, ammonia

During the past 15 years, 1,000 accidents have occurred nationwide at chemical facilities that hold large quantities of anhydrous ammonia, according to data recently compiled by CEG.

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CHEMICAL PLANT IN IRAN'S ISFAHAN EXPLODES
http://en.trend.az/regions/iran/2148661.html
Tags: Iran, industrial, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

A "Yalda" chemical plant in Iran's Isfahan city has exploded today, Mehr news agency reported.

Earlier today the plant was inaugurated, and when it was put into operation, the explosion occured.

The fire was big, with flames going for hundreds of meters from the plant.

The police and firefighter squads arrived at the scene, and it currently the situation is under control.

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RICHMOND TAKING HARD LINE ON CHEVRON IN AFTERMATH OF FIRE
http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_23201474/richmond-taking-hard-line-chevron-aftermath-fire
Tags: us_CA, industrial, follow-up, injury, petroleum

RICHMOND -- City officials made it clear Tuesday night: While the investigation into last summer's fire at the Chevron refinery here is near an end, the legal and policy implications will reach far into the future.
Though it postponed making a formal decision Tuesday, the City Council is poised to contract with a high-profile San Francisco law firm to secure damages from Chevron stemming from the massive Aug. 6 fire, which sent more than 15,000 residents to area hospitals.
On Tuesday, the council also passed two agenda items related to the petroleum giant. One directed staff to strengthen the city's Industrial Safety Ordinance to align with U.S. Chemical Safety Board recommendations calling on the city to

Smoke and flame billow from a crude oil unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond on Aug. 6, 2012. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff file)
join a multiagency regulatory body. The other aimed at divesting public employee pensions of funds from companies that profit from fossil fuel production.

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HAZMAT SITUATION AT CSX TERMINAL IN DETROIT
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/22194224/hazmat-situation-at-csxt
Tags: us_MI, transportation, release, injury, pesticides

At least one person needed medical attention after a chemical spill at the CSX rail yard in southwest Detroit.

Fire crews responded to the scene and were able to clean up after a chemical used as a pesticide spilled in the area of 6750 Dix Avenue. One person was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital for treatment of symptoms that included a headache and irritated eyes.

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CHEMICAL LEAK FORCES EVACUATION OF NORTH LUBBOCK NEIGHBORHOOD
http://www.wafb.com/story/22201407/hazmat-crew-en-route-to-bayer-crop-sciences
Tags: us_TX, public, release, response, hydrochloric_acid

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
An area in north Lubbock was evacuated Wednesday night in response to a chemical leak at Bayer CropScience at 103 Erskine near Interstate 27.
....
The area remains closed Thursday morning. A specialized hazmat crew from Dallas is on the scene assessing the situation before beginning cleanup procedures.

Around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, employees at Bayer CropScience detected a leak from a faulty valve on a tank of hydrochloric acid. They contacted authorities and began evacuation procedures.

The Lubbock Fire Department established an isolation zone around the leak and began a small neighborhood evacuation.

Around midnight, changing weather conditions forced them to expand the area to what you see in the attached graphic.

LFD says, "The chemical leaking is Anhydrous Hydrochloric Acid and is very dangerous if contacted or inhaled. We are using computer simulation software to predict where the cloud may spread based on predicted and current weather conditions."

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EXPLOSION AT SANDBLASTING PLANT IN EUFAULA
http://news.ino.com/headlines/?newsid=686565678100
Tags: us_OK, industrial, explosion, injury, propane

Two people are hospitalized in Tulsa after an explosion outside a sandblasting plant in Eufaula.

McIntosh County Sheriff Kevin Ledbetter told reporters the two were injured in the blast at Ford Sandblasting in west Eufaula shortly after noon Tuesday. Officials say the two suffered burns in the blast but their names and conditions were not immediately released.

Plant co-owner Michael Ford told The Associated Press he was going to the Tulsa hospital and said he can't talk until he knows the conditions of the injured workers.

Authorities say the explosion may have involved a propane tank and that the fire is under control.

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FATAL OIL-TANK BLAST TIED TO WELDING
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/fatal-oil-tank-blast-tied-to-welding/article_011c4c7a-b7e9-11e2-9854-001a4bcf887a.html
Tags: us_UT, industrial, explosion, death, petroleum

SALT LAKE CITY Utah's largest oil producer told state regulators that an explosion killed a welder who was using his torch on a crude oil storage tank at a well site.

Newfield Exploration Co. notified the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining that the blast on Tuesday night was sparked by welding and the contract worker was killed, said Jim Springer, a spokesman for the state agency.

Two other people were injured, but no names have been released.

The explosion and fire occurred near rural Myton, about 100 miles east of Salt Lake City. The fire has been extinguished.

Uintah County sheriff's Cpl. Brian Fletcher confirmed that work was being done on the storage tank before the blast, but he had no other details.

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2 INJURED IN ENFIELD PROPANE TANK EXPLOSION- THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER
http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2013/05/07/news/doc518965a14ac3f015158213.txt
Tags: us_CT, industrial, explosion, injury, propane

ENFIELD Enfield firefighters say a propane tank exploded at a local metal shop and injured two people.

Authorities say the tank exploded at Eastern Metal Treating on Bacon Road at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. The cause is under investigation.

Officials with the Shaker Pines Fire Department say the workers are being treated at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., for burns that aren't life-threatening. Their names haven't been released.

Fire officials told WFSB-TV that two men were changing a propane tank on a forklift when the explosion happened.

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