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Bomb squad dispatched to HAZMAT incident in Gaston

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( One man was taken to the hospital in a hazmat situation at the Riverside Apartments in Gaston, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s office. Nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said in a series of tweets. There was a strong chemical smell at the apartments. The man, 55, was spotted in distress by a woman ...

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Possible pepper spray incident has Santa evacuated from Bass Pro store

  HMN-While seemingly benign, pepper spray and bear spray calls seem to be on the rise throughout the US.  How does your department handle investigations like this? (East Texas Matters) OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (KFOR) – A Bass Pro Shop in Oklahoma City was evacuated Thursday morning for what authorities are calling a HazMat incident. Officials with the Oklahoma City Fire Department ...

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13 dead in Czech coal mine explosion

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  (CNN) (CNN) — A methane gas explosion in a coal mine in the northeast of the Czech Republic has killed 13 miners, the mining company said on Friday. OKD, the company that operates the CSM mine near the city of Karvina, said 11 of those killed were Polish miners provided by a contractor agency, while two were Czech. “Due ...

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Clogged toilet causes hazmat response to Garden State Plaza

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(Daily Voice) An attempt to unclog a toilet at the Garden State Plaza sent one person to the hospital for chemical exposure Wednesday, authorities said. The shopper was transported after a mall maintenance worker and plumber poured two different types of chemicals down the same drain causing a hazardous condition, local police said. Paramus police, firefighters and EMS responded along ...

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Hazmat incident prompts evacuations in Morgan Hill


(NBC) Police and fire personnel in Morgan Hill responded to a hazmat incident involving evacuations Wednesday evening, according to Morgan Hill police. Police tweeted out a safety advisory at about 7 p.m., saying they were dealing with a “hazmat situation” in the area of Cochrane Avenue and Madrone Parkway in Morgan Hill. Everyone involved had been safely evacuated, police said, ...

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Suspicious packages found at Baltimore County synagogues

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(Baltimore Sun) Hazmat crews and police responded to reports of suspicious packages — one of which caused people to be nauseated upon opening it — at three synagogues in Baltimore County on Monday, officials said. Parents and emergency hazmat crews responded about 1:45 p.m. to Beth El Synagogue, which operates the Pauline Mash School For Early Childhood Education at its ...

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Oil spill from pipeline second from same company within a month

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( About 420 gallons of crude oil spilled from a damaged disposal line Friday (Dec. 14) near Garden Island Bay at the foot of Plaquemines Parish, according to the US Coast Guard. It’s the second oil spill within a month from equipment owned by the same Texas-based company. In a news release, the Coast Court reported officials were notified just ...

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Band members house burns down; Raises question on when specialty teams should be called in.

Cannibal corpse fire

(Revolver)   HMN-Firefighters discovered multiple “military grade” flamethrowers inside the residence.  Which raises the question, at what point, do you believe specialty teams should be called in? Pat O’ Brien, lead guitarist for Cannibal Corpse, has been arrested for breaking into a Northdale, Florida, home and then running at a deputy with a knife. ABC Tampa Bay reports that O’Brien, 53, ...

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Chemical spill at Norman, OK Walmart

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(KFOR) NORMAN, Okla. – A local chemical spill is still a mystery after the Norman Fire Department said they couldn’t identify what was in the air that caused two people to go to the hospital. Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, the fire department and hazmat team were called to the Walmart along Interstate Dr. and Main St. One shopper said she heard ...

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Oil spills from well in Rattlesnake Bayou

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(The Maritime Executive) The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to an oil discharge near Port Sulphur, Louisiana. On Sunday, Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the National Response Center that a crude oil well in Rattle Snake Bayou, southwest of Port Sulphur, was leaking. The amount discharged has not been determined; the well is rated ...

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