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  • Three Killed, Two Seriously Injured in Louisiana Gas Plant Explosion
    Three people were killed and two others were seriously injured Thursday in an explosion at a natural gas plant in Gibson, Louisiana, authorities said. The victims were contractors working at the Williams Partners facility in the town of Gibson, about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, the company and state police said. One of the injured was being treated in the burn unit of a Baton Rouge hospital and the other was being treated at Terrebonne General Hospital in Houma, state police Trooper Evan Harrell told reporters late Thursday afternoon. Smoke billows from the site of an explosion Thursday at a natural gas plant in Gibson, Louisiana. Chris Heller / AP The cause of the explosion, which was reported shortly before 11 a.m. (noon ET), wasn't yet known, Harrell said. The plant was out of service and gas wasn't flowing at the time of the blast, said Warren Toups, the plant's operations manager.
  • Myers Middle School back open today after Wednesday hazmat scare
    School will be back in session today at Myers Middle School in Savannah, after a hazmat scare led to an entire school evacuation on Wednesday afternoon. Three students complained of feeling sick, and a total of 37 people were taken to the hospital School officials say all of the students are out of the hospital and home safe with their families. High levels of Freon in the air in certain areas of the building led to the evacuations. Later in the evening, the building and its operational systems were investigated by fire department officials, SCCPSS maintenance staff, and an independent environmental consulting agency. The findings yielded that the building was clear and no Fre
  • News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio
    WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio - Weathersfield Township firefighters called Hazmat to a mercury spill at the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District offices. First responders were called to the MVSD on Ohltown McDonald Road shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. Fire officials tell 21 News that about two tablespoons of mercury spilled when an old piece of equipment was being removed from one of the MVSD building. There have been no reports of injuries or evacuation. 
  • 4 taken to hospital, Southpark Mall evacuated after possible Haz
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - At least four people were taken to the hospital and a Charlotte mall was evacuated Thursday night after a Hazmat situation possibly involving Carbon Monoxide, according to Charlotte firefighters. The incident around 9 p.m. at Southpark Mall on the 4400 block of Sharon Road. Officials have not released much information, but firefighters said they were monitoring for Carbon Monoxide while the mall was being evacuated. Charlotte Fire tells WBTV it took 40 firefighters to get the situation under control.  Medic said four people were taken from the scene to an area hospital. Their names and conditions have not been released.
  • Sioux City, South Sioux City, North Sioux City, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota
    ALLEN, Neb. An afternoon explosion in the small town of Allen, Neb. is leaving the community shaken up Thursday evening. Crews on the scene say a flash fire from a chemical explosion sent two people to the hospital.   Investigators say two elderly people were just cleaning the bathroom inside Allen's former Village Inn, soon to be a new bar and restaurants when an explosion ripped through the room, sending both people to the hospital.   "You never think in a small town like this it's going to happen, I mean what is there to explode?" said Connie Roberts, a teacher in Allen, Neb.   But around 5 p.m. Thursday, an explosion at the former Village Inn rocked the small community of Allen, all from two people inside, cleaning.   "Cleaning in the bathroom with chemicals, which caused the explosion," said Sara Kumm, Allen, NE EMT Rescue Captain.   Allen Fire Chief Rod Strivens says an elderly man and woman inside quickly extinguished the flames from the flash fire caused by the explosion. Officials say there was minimal damage to the building, but the explosion sent both to the hospital. One person was taken to the hospital via life flight.
  • Crews battle chemical plant fire southwest of Wichita
    WICHITA, Kan. — Firefighters are on scene of a fire at a chemical plant southwest of Wichita. The fire broke out just before 5 p.m. at the Occidental Chemical Corporation in the 6200 block of South Ridge Road. When crews arrived, they reported smoke and flames were visible. There are no reports of injuries, but the fire possibly involves toxic chemicals. Hazmat crews are on scene.
  • Road closed after chemical leak
    TWO houses were evacuated and a residential street was closed off because of a chemical leak. Fire crews were called to Lansdowne Road in Atherton at around 11am today after around 1,000 litres of paraffin leaked from a tank in the back garden of one of the properties. Crews from Atherton and Bolton ventilated nearby houses along with the North West Ambulance Service although no one was injured. An environmental protection unit was also sent to the scene and a cordon was put in place so traffic could not access the road. GMFRS station manager Ady Taylor, who was in charge of the incident, said: “We were dealing with an incident involving around 1,000 litres of kerosene that soaked into the ground and surrounding area when the tank it was in burst.
  • Woman awarded $1.6 million over DuPont chemical in water
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio woman was awarded $1.6 million Wednesday in the trial of a lawsuit that alleged a chemical from a DuPont Co. plant contaminated drinking water and contributed to her contracting kidney cancer. A jury awarded the damages to 59-year-old Carla Bartlett of Guysville in one of two cases that could influence thousands of similar lawsuits over the chemical giant's discharge of perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as C8. The chemical is used to make Teflon. Some 3,500 people say they became ill after the company dumped C8 into the Ohio River and their drinking water from its Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia. The trial, which lasted about three weeks, was the latest development in a yearslong battle between DuPont and residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley in the heart of Appalachia. Bartlett once lived closer to the river. Her lawyer said she was thrilled by the verdict.
  • Poisonous chemical leaks onto I-35
    A semi-truck carrying a 6,000-gallon tank of a harmful chemical leaked about a four-mile trail of the substance onto Interstate 35 near Fort Dodge on Tuesday night. Another driver on the road reported that a valve on a semi from M&M Environmental Group out of Conway, Ark., was leaking at about 11:30 p.m., said Capt. Steve Hergenreter of the Fort Dodge Fire Department. An Iowa State Patrol trooper later found the truck had pulled to the side of the highway at mile marker 144 as the chemical, later identified as chlorobenzene, pooled on the soil. Chlorobenzene is a solvent, commonly used as a degreasing agent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But it's also poisonous and flammable, Hergenreter said. Authorities believe a faulty valve caused the chemical to leak from its tank. Hazmat crews used materials to absorb the fluid from the four-mile stretch of road and an environmental contractor will address the spill on the soil Wednesday, Hergenreter said.
  • Hazmat crews called to NC State facility after chemical spill
    RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A hazmat situation at a NC State facility did not contain actually hazardous materials, authorities say. Around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, fire, police and haztmat crews were called to NC State Pesticide Storage Warehouse on Reedy Creek Road. According to NC State Director of Environmental Health and Safety Ken Kretchman, about 5 gallons of  hydrogen peroxide, acidic acid and water leaked onto the ground of the facility. The material was non-hazardous, according to Kretchman.
  • Student taken to hospital after small explosion on U of L campus
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. —One person was taken to the hospital Wednesday after small explosion on the University of Louisville's campus. It happened in the Shoemaker Research Building in the 2000 block of S. Brook Street. Officials said the explosion was an unexpected chemical reaction that happened when a fume hood failed. WLKY was told the student researcher was wearing safety goggles at the time of the explosion, but still got chemical in his eyes. The student washed his eyes, but still experienced blurry vision and was taken to the hospital.
  • Sime Darby Faces Fine Following Chemical Explosion
    Monrovia - A joint Ministerial Investigation Committee investigating the Sime Darby Plantation Company over recent explosion in Bomi County has recommended that the Palm Oil Plantation be fined for violating the Health and Safety Standards and Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia. Following a recent explosion at one of the plantation’s operation sites, the Government of Liberia setup a committee to investigate and produce findings. ... The committee in its report is also recommending that the company applies for permit for importing, handling and storing chemicals and that the government ensures that the company maintains the requisite firefighting equipment and recruit, train and maintain fire warden as well as establish a Fire Department. Additionally, the Committee is recommending that a Mobile Clinic be established and maintained over a period of three months in nearby Towns and villages to respond to any possible case from the explosion and that Sime Darby cleans up and properly dispose of the debris at its own cost on EPA’s instruction. At least nine people sustained injuries following an explosion at one of Sime Darby's Plantation Chemical Warehouses in the company's plantation office in Bomi County. The incident occurred on Sunday, September 20, 2015. The cause of the fire is believed to be from an electric shock Improper handling of chemicals The committee in its findings stated that it was observed during the investigation that the company improperly handled the chemicals by storing them together in one large compartment. “The team also observed that adequate education on the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment was not passed onto the employees and were not monitored constantly considering the types of chemical imported and stored in the warehouse,” the report stated. Other findings indicate that vibration from the blast traveled over 800 meters across the plantation and also broke window glasses at the plantation hospital which is located approximately 800 meters from the building housing the chemicals. The findings also state that Sime Darby did not work with the EPA on environmental issues as stated in the concession agreement signed with the Government of Liberia.
  • Pasadena container plant explosion likely due to chemicals, officials say
    PASADENA, Texas - Two firefighters were injured in an explosion at a container plant in Pasadena, authorities said. Pasadena fire marshals said firefighters responded Wednesday to an explosion at Schutz Container Systems Inc. in the 5000 block of Underwood. Authorities said workers were cleaning 250- to 300-gallon containers when the "flash" explosion happened. Thirty employees, who were inside at the time of the explosion, were evacuated and are now being interviewed. Fire Chief David Brannon said he believes there was some sort of chemical reaction. "Everything is contained within the building," Brannon said. "We still have the chemical exposure in there and the mist of that in the air, so we're concerned." Hazmat crews are at the scene trying to determine exactly what type of chemicals were being used. Brannon said air testing was being done, but they don't believe there is a threat to the public and no shelter in place order was issued because everything was contained.
  • Chemical spill at BC Children's Hospital contained
    A chemical spill of a highly flammable substance  at the BC Children's Hospital laboratory has been cleaned and contained.  The Provincial Health Services Authority says no one was injured, but the Children and Family Research Institute was evacuated. Vancouver Fire sent a hazmat team to contain the the paraformaldehyde spill in the 900 block of 28th Avenue. 
  • South Africa: Freak Accident Leaves 'Hero' With First Degree Burns
    These were the words of Melanie Spoors, who watched her fiancé, Ivan van der Walt, vault their wall and rush towards a blaze that threatened to engulf a neighbour's home in Sarnia. His efforts to douse the fire with a garden hose proved fruitless, so he grabbed what he thought was a bucket of water and flung it into the fire. But the "water" was actually a chemical substance and it exploded back onto Van der Walt. Covered in the searing heat, he plunged into a nearby swimming pool. Speaking to News24, Spoors said her husband-to-be sustained first-degree burns across his body and was in a lot of pain, but was "okay". "I was on the other side of the fence, so what happened is still a blur to me. When we saw their house was on fire, he jumped over the wall and went around the side of the house where the kitchen is. "He picked up a container with chemicals and threw it onto the fire, thinking it was water. There was an explosion and it blew back over him. He was smart and jumped into the swimming pool."
  • 2 injured in fire at Mead chemical plant
    Several fire departments responded early Tuesday morning to a blaze started at the Boulder Scientific Company complex in Mead when chemicals burst into flames during processing. Two employees were taken to a hospital and treated for minor, first-degree burns, said Battalion Chief Robert Coffey of Mountain View Fire Rescue. "It was not a large body of fire but the location called for an abundance of caution," Coffey said. "We brought way more resources than we would if this was a fire in a field." The plant costume makes chemicals for various industries, he said. The first call from staff at the chemical complex came in at 12:21 a.m., Coffey said. A container of lithium salts had caught on fire. Efforts to put the fire out with fire extinguishers hadn't worked
  • Fire near Shell Chemical plant sends smoke into air
    DEER PARK, TX -- Shell officials say they helped extinguish a fire that erupted at a plant near its Deer Park Chemical Plant. A piece of equipment caught fire at 6:35pm inside one of the resin units at Hexion, a third party operator that makes plastic. But Shell's emergency response team responded to the fire because the oil giant is locked into a mutual aid agreement with Hexion. No one was injured and there was no chemical release as a result of the fire. "Shell would like to thank our outstanding emergency response personnel for their quick and comprehensive response to this issue. The top priority of Shell Deer Park is to operate in a safe and environmentally sound manner," the company said in a statement. Officials say there was no risk to the community at any point. The fire was tapped out and the cleaning process is underway. Late Tuesday, Hexion issued a statement, which read in part:
  • Nearly a dozen people taken to hospital after ammonia leak
    GRINNELL, Iowa —An ammonia leak at a food service plant sent almost a dozen people to the hospital Monday evening. The Grinnell Fire Department and a hazmat crew were dispatched to the PurFoods plant in Grinnell about 4:30 p.m. after employees reported smelling a sharp odor and some were experiencing breathing problems. Officials said 11 people were transported to a local hospital, a few of whom had severe breathing difficulties. Crews determined ammonia leaked from a refrigeration unit in the plant. Ammonia is a strong gas that can cause poisoning if inhaled. Officials said the plant should open again by the end of the night.
  • Pasadena plant to restart less than week after explosion
    A Pasadena chemical plant where four workers suffered burns in an explosion on Friday will resume full operations this week, a company official said, with little elaboration on what safeguards are in place to protect workers and the community at a facility with a history of accidents, fires and injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration "released the Pasadena facility to resume operation," SunEdison spokesman Gordon Handelsman wrote in an email to reporters on Saturday. But OSHA, which is still investigating the incident, doesn't have the authority to shut a plant down, so it was up to the company to decide when to restart. Chemical safety experts said investigating a root cause and protecting against repeat accidents typically takes much longer than a week, especially if a company has had a history of problems. The SunEdison plant has previously had issues with leaking gases, the cause the company appears to be eyeing in Friday's blast, according to a company report to Harris County officials. "You can replace a valve and have the confidence to start up again," said Shakeel Kadri, executive director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety, "but if you've had multiple issues with leaking valves, it can be a false confidence."
  • Explosion in China chemical plant injures 7 workers
    Seven workers were injured today in an explosion at a chemical plant in China's Zhejiang Province, officials said, just weeks after massive blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin killed 173 people. The blast occurred this morning at Zhejiang Hongxiang Chemical Co. Ltd, in Shangyu City, the local authorities said. Two of the injured are in a serious condition, they said. About 70 firefighters and 22 fire engines were rushed to put out the blaze and prevent the flames from reaching a nearby warehouse containing 50 tonnes of inflammable chemicals, including sodium chlorate. The disaster sparked widespread outrage over alleged safety violations and fears of pollutants contaminating the air and water. Several cases of explosions in chemical plants have been reported in recent months in China including the massive explosions at a warehouse in Tianjin where highly toxic chemicals including stockpiles of cyanide were stored.
  • Chemical leak causes partial evacuation at Beth Israel in Milton
    Officials are cleaning up a chemical leak that caused a brief, partial evacuation of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Monday morning. The leak of propylene glycol was found at about 9:45 a.m. in the sub-basement, which is used for facilities and administrative departments, but not patient care, said Laureane Marquez, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Nobody was injured. The leak led to the precautionary evacuation of about 40 people from ground level floors above the leak. The incident only affected an outpatient area of the radiology department. There was no disruption to inpatient facilities. Everyone affected went to other locations in the hospital. All were allowed back onto the floors about 15 minutes later, when officials confirmed the spill was contained.
  • Employee infected while working at Winnipeg disease lab had virtually no safety training: report
    A worker and supervisor at Canada’s world-renowned disease lab in Winnipeg had virtually no safety training before the employee was infected with one of the diseases he handled, says a damning investigation into the incident. Obtained by the National Post under access to information legislation, it was one of several reports the Public Health Agency of Canada prepared over the last few years on a rare but striking occurrence: researchers sickened by the infectious diseases they experiment on or test. The contaminated technician recovered within a week; what seemed more significant were the shortcomings uncovered by the investigation, including a lack of any formal or mandatory safety instruction in the lab. “The supervisor had never attended (bio-safety cabinet) training, biological and chemical spill training or general laboratory safety training,” said the agency review. There wasn’t enough time to both train and complete other tasks “The supervisor said that there wasn’t enough time to both train and complete other tasks.”
  • Three workers hospitalised after mystery chemical incident
    Palmerston North Hospital's main entrance was cordoned off after an unidentified chemical was brought to the front doors by contaminated workers. Fire service assistant area commander Rodger Calder said three workers had reported feeling a "burning" sensation before driving themselves to hospital about 3.30pm on Monday. They had been working on a transformer board that was removed in Kimbolton when they contaminated their clothing with an unidentified chemical, he said.  Firefighters are believed to be at the scene of an incident at Palmerston North Hospital. Calder said the men had driven themselves to hospital, leaving the board in the back of the ute, after they started to have a reaction to the chemical. No one was evacuated from the hospital but the three workers were admitted to the emergency department with some form of chemical contamination.  Calder said firefighters ensured the area was safe before they flushed out the area and decontaminated their staff. 
  • Hundreds evacuate Dunedin Cadbury factory after 'ammonia cloud'
    Cadbury had launched an internal investigation into an ammonia leak which caused a factory evacuation and several central Dunedin streets to be shutdown. Hundreds of workers were evacuated from the Cadbury factory and neighbouring businesses after the incident at 1.17pm on Monday. A spokeswoman for the company, Celin Huseby of Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd, confirmed it had reported the leak of ammonia, which was used as a cleaning agent within the plant.
  • Officials say flammable vapor likely caused explosion, fire
    WARREN — Investigators believe accumulated flammable vapor likely caused an explosion in a refrigerator and a resulting fire at a single-family home on Harold Sept. 28. Warren firefighters were dispatched to the scene of an explosion east of Hoover and south of Frazho at about 1:30 p.m., where they found the home left burning after the blast, Fire Chief David Frederick said. Investigators later determined that the fire was the result of an explosion caused by flammable vapors that had accumulated in a refrigerator. Sources said one of the residents at the home has a valid medical marijuana card and had been attempting to use isopropyl alcohol to extract the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, from marijuana plants. The process apparently involved putting the mixture in a refrigerator, where the man also reportedly had a butane canister stored. It was unclear exactly what caused the explosion, but Frederick said the the operation of the refrigerator likely sparked flammable gas that exploded inside. “When the refrigerator kicked on, it ignited the fumes and caused an explosion with a lot of force,” Frederick said.