Chemical awareness

West Virginia community holds HazMat day and collects blasting caps and tear gas among others

HMN-So many local jurisdictions hold “tox-away day” or some other PC name for hazardous waste collection events. Are you involved in those collections, should you be? Seems that it would be a great opportunity to get out and present a public relations message or just awareness of your services. It’s amazing to see first hand what is stored in the residence ...

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Hesston, Kansas plant evacuated after chemical spill sends 6 to hospital

HMN-Polymethylene polyphenyl isocyanate spilled at a plant in south-central Kansas, sending six people to the hospital. HESSTON — A chemical spilled at a plant in south-central Kansas, sending about a half dozen people to the hospital. The Hutchinson News reports that the spill occurred Thursday morning at the GVL Poly Plant in Hesston. Gary Denny, director of emergency management for ...

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Coca-Cola plant chemical spill sends one to hospital

HMN-A dangerous situation was complicated by the injury and rescue of the victim. This story comes from the Times Free Press   A chemical spill at the Coca- Cola plant on Amnicola Highway sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries on Friday, authorities said. A Coca-Cola employee was filling a container with a chlorite solution when something went ...

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Body found in SUV with note warning of poison

HMN-Monday responders were faced with a cyanide salts incident according to the fayobserver.com ABERDEEN – A hazardous materials team responded to a grocery store parking lot Monday in Aberdeen after a woman’s body was found inside a vehicle allegedly containing cyanide salts, authorities said. The incident started about 11:45 PM when emergency responders were called to the parking lot of the ...

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Moorhead hazmat team responds to acid spill

HMN-Departments from several jurisdictions come together to respond to an acid spill according to The Daily Journal   Several agencies from Otter Tail County, Moorhead and Fergus Falls contained an acid spill at the Otter Tail County Recycling Center Wednesday. Workers at the plant were unloading a plastics roll off container that morning onto the center’s tipping floor for sorting, said ...

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30 people decontaminated at Dallas area high school

HMN- School and fire officials worked together to clear the incident with no injuries. Original story posted by NBCDFW.com . There was a hazmat scare at Prosper High School Thursday afternoon. Officials said a bottle of mercury broke open during a science class. Hazardous materials crews arrived and quickly started the decontamination process in school restrooms for approximately 30 people. “It ...

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HAZMAT INCIDENT CAUSES CONFUSION AND SPECULATION

HMN- Pennsylvania. A former garment factory was the scene of a hazmat incident that had personnel trying to determine what the chemical leaking from a drum in the basement was. “And then everyone started running and for a little while no one knew what was going on. Then a firefighter came inside and said everyone out, get in you cars and ...

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Teen hospitalized after air freshener causes car explosion

HMN- Chemical awareness is a must in such a confined space. Did you know that some products use propane as aerosol. In the U.S., the most common aerosol propellants are liquefied gases, usually naturally occurring hydrocarbons such as propane or butane. Approximately 10 percent of today’s aerosols use compressed gases, such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, or even compressed air as ...

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Hotel guests sprayed with noxious substance

HMN- This story comes to the nation from our friends in Ontario, Canada.     Hotel guests had a noxious substance sprayed at them when they answered their door in the middle of the night. The knock came shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday to a room at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel. The fire department’s hazardous materials response team was called in ...

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7 sent to hospital after chlorine leak at industrial facility

HMN-According to Channel News Asia  a one-tonne cylinder of chlorine gas was the cause. Take the time now to review the locations in your jurisdiction that use these.     SINGAPORE: Seven people were taken to hospital after a chlorine gas leak at an industrial facility at Jalan Samulun on Sunday (Sep 4), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said. According to ...

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