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One missing after oil rig explosion near New Orleans


HMN-Authorities are searching for one who is still missing after cleaning chemicals ignited.  ABC news reports that the explosion left seven others injured. An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another who was missing. There were “a lot of injuries,” many of ...

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Damaged pipeline releases over 300,000 gallons of oil into Gulf Of Mexico

Oil spill

  HMN-KATC reports that over 300,000 gallons of oil have been discharged into the Gulf Of Mexico after a subsea pipeline sustained damaged. The Coast Guard is responding to the report of a crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Officials say they received a report from the National Response Center at 1:30 p.m., Friday of a ...

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6 hospitalized after Chicago chlorine leak


  HMN-The Chicago Sun Times reports that 6 people have been hospitalized after a chlorine leak on a rooftop.  The leak shut down several downtown streets in the Loop. A chlorine leak caused a HazMat situation that shut down several streets in the Loop and injured six people Friday morning. A Level 2 HazMat response was called about 10 a.m. ...

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Liquid fertilizer causes evacuation in Florida


HMN-WPTV reports that a liquid fertilizer mixture overheated, possibly due to a faulty valve.  Florida officials evacuated for a half mile in each direction. What police initially called a chemical spill in Fort Pierce prompted evacuation for a time Thursday. It happened Helena Chemical Company at 3630 Selvitz Road and police said officers evacuated an area for a half mile ...

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Chem suicide victim found at Pasadena City College

HMN-One male appearing to be in his 20’s was found dead inside of a vehicle in the college parking garage.  Authorities noted the strong smell of sulfur at the scene.  Pasadena Now provides more. A male in his 20s was found deceased inside a car on the third story of a parking structure at Pasadena City College Wednesday afternoon near ...

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Four killed as vapors from naphtha tank ignite

HMN-Four workers were killed, and two other wounded as maintenance worked on an out of service naphtha tank.  DailySabah believes that the  explosion was due to ignition of trapped vapors. Four workers were killed and two others wounded in an explosion at the Tüpraş Aliağa Refinery in the western province of İzmir on Tuesday, District Governor Bayram Yılmaz said. Yılmaz ...

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“Black Stone” becoming a new chemical suicide go-to

Chemical suicide

  HMN-In 2017 so far, 128 people have used the poison paraphenylenediamine for suicide. Chemical suicide is becoming a serious threat to EMS responders and rescuers alike. provides more. BAHAWALPUR-Black stone or paraphenylenediamine has become a major facilitator in the suicides being committed by women commonly due to financial difficulties, domestic disputes and poverty. Despite a ban on its sale, ...

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Loudoun County responds to vehicle VS tanker


HMN-Responders from Loudoun County Fire and Rescue responded to a tanker leaking as a result of an MVA WTOP reports. WASHINGTON — Virginia State Police are investigating a hazmat situation after an SUV and a tanker truck crashed in Loudoun County, causing the tanker to leak. The incident occurred on around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on West Colonial Parkway, just east ...

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Lightning strike causes floating roof tank fire

Floating roof

HMN-A lightning strike caused an explosion and fire situation in a diesel tank on Butcher Island.  Firefighters were able to confine the flammable liquid fire to one diesel tank on Sunday.  The Mumbai Mirror provides more.   Two days after a Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) oil tank caught fire on Jawahar Dweep (commonly known as Butcher Island), off the coast ...

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HazMatters: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


HazMatters: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory   In this edition of HAZMATTERS we look at the team protecting the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. In certain cases, private facilities require not only the expertise of dedicated emergency responders, but HAZMAT teams that are ready to immerse themselves in the knowledge of specific chemicals and processes at hand. The NASA ...

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