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Pipeline flare collapse in Plaquemine Louisiana


HMN-A flare collapse on a Louisiana pipeline had fire and possibly fuel spreading across the ground on site. (WAFB) PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) – Authorities in Plaquemine responded to a fire on Sunday caused by a flare tower that collapsed at a pipeline plant. The Plaquemine Fire Department said the fire started at the Boardwalk plant at 11 a.m. The fire was ...

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DEQ & Hazmat respond to chemical fire at Danville plant

Chemical fire

HMN-One man was decontaminated after a chemical reaction boiled over during mixing.  (WSLS) A man had to strip his clothes to be decontaminated after a chemical fire at Cahill Manufacturing Co. in Danville. Firefighters responded to the plant around 2:20 p.m. Thursday. By the time they arrived, the fire was out but it was still producing smoke. People inside the ...

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Ferrous Chloride spill and big rig fire shut down I-49

Industrial fire

  HMN-A Semi carrying Ferrous Chloride shut down I-49 after catching fire.  The fire did result in some of the Ferrous Chloride to escape and burn. ( All lanes of I-49 were closed in both directions near Winslow due to a tractor trailer fire Wednesday afternoon. The tractor trailer was emitting hazardous chemicals, identified by the Arkansas Department of Transportation ...

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Heroin Highways: From China White to Mexican Mud to Atlanta Snow – A 10,112 Mile Wide Problem

Heroin Highways: From China White to Mexican Mud to Atlanta Snow – A 10,112 Mile Wide Problem. In the first edition of this series of clandestine lab response, we covered methamphetamine related clandestine lab responses as well as some sampling/manufacturing methods. Today, we are shifting towards the ever growing opioid issue, specifically discussing heroin and fentanyl along with various other ...

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Formalin causes problems at UK hospital


HMN-Part of a UK hospital had to be evacuated after a Formalin spill was reported. (Get Surrey) A major incident was declared at East Surrey Hospital after a chemical leak prompted key departments to be shut down. Bosses have promised a “full investigation” into what caused the scare, late on Friday afternoon. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to ...

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Chemical spill possibly to blame for fish kill in Ireland


HMN-Investigators believe that a chemical, possibly and herbicide or pesticide, causes the fish kill. (Irish Times) Following a report by locals to Inland Fisheries Ireland, officers attended a site at Ballinahemery bridge, near Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co Tipperary and confirmed that a large fish kill had occurred on the Ollatrim river, a tributary of the Nenagh river. In total, 14,749 fish ...

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Technicians respond to water treatment facility fire

Chemical suicide

  HMN-Hazmat Technicians were requested to respond to a water treatment facility fire in Elgin, IL.  The fire is believed to have started when an electrical motor failed. (Chicago Tribune) A fire Friday night in a building with large quantities of chemicals at the city of Elgin’s water treatment facility was likely caused by an electrical motor failure, Elgin fire officials ...

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Crews respond to chemical spill in West Greenwich, RI

chemical spill

HMN-Responders in West Greenwich, RI spent hours Wednesday night cleaning up a corrosive acid that leaked through a trailer.  One of the barrels on the truck was accidentaly punctured with a forklift during the unloading process.  (WPRI) WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Crews worked for a couple of hours cleaning up corrosive acid that leaked through a trailer at a ...

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2 injured after refinery tank battery fire in New Mexico

Industrial fire

Check back for updates as we learn about them UPDATE – Current Argus reports that one of the two injured has died. Site management reports that the fire is now under control, however not yet extinguished. HMN-Details are limited however KCBD reports that two people have been injured after a refinery tank battery fire in southern New Mexico Wednesday afternoon. ...

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HCL spill moves into second day of cleanup in Ohio


HMN-EPA officials say they did a sweep of the entire area, and believe nothing got into any sewer system nearby.  However an investigation remains ongoing to see who, if anyone would be held responsible. (WFMJ) WEATHERSFIELD TWP., Ohio – The clean up of a hydrochloric acid leak that led to a nearly four-hour evacuation of homes and businesses on Monday ...

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