Disaster Scenarios

Russian research facility known to house Smallpox virus involved in explosion, and fire

  CNN   (CNN) – An explosion has caused a fire at a Russian biological research facility that’s one of only two centers in the world known for housing samples of the smallpox virus. The blast occurred Monday during repair work of a sanitary inspection room at the Russian State Centre for Research on Virology and Biotechnology, known as Vector, near the ...

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Multi Car Train Derailment in rail yard; Heavy smoke and fire with direct involvement of multiple cars, fire suppression efforts underway

East Carondelet, Ill. – First responders are at the scene of a train derailment in the 4400 block of Carondelet Avenue near Dupo, Illinois. Video from Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX helicopter shows a train collision. There is a fire at the scene of the crash. There are also flames spreading on top of the water in a nearby creek. Firefighters tell ...

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Building Collapse after Gas Leak reported; Officials report “Gas Explosion” on site

WJLA   COLUMBIA, Md. (ABC7) — Emergency crews are responding to reports of a loud explosion in Howard County. Howard County Fire confirms there was a gas explosion just before 8 a.m. in the business area of the 8800 block of Stanford Blvd. in Columbia, Maryland. At around 7:30 a.m., a gas leak was reported at the same location. Officials say ...

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2 SBI agents injured while rendering safe homemade explosive device

WRAL     A man is in custody after two State Bureau of Investigation agents were injured during an explosion early Friday in Sampson County, authorities said. Jimmy Tyndall, 33, was being held on several charges including larcency, possession of a weapon of mass destruction and mephedone possession. He was being held on a bond of $151,000 at the Sampson County ...

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CSX Safety Lapses to blame for 2018 fatal Amtrak collision in South Carolina

  Bloomburg     CSX’s lax approach to safety caused a fatal collision between a passenger train and one of the company’s parked freight trains last year, U.S. accident investigators concluded Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board cited what it called multiple layers of failure at CSX that led a conductor to leave a switch in the wrong position, sending an ...

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CS used in London Underground incident, Police searching for 2 male subjects of interest

Sky News      Police are looking for two men after gas was released on a Tube train in London. People were treated at the scene for coughing and lack of breath, police said. Their symptoms suggest the gas is CS gas. There is no further concern for their health. The incident happened at Oxford Circus. British Transport Police received reports of ...

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Facebook headquarters evacuated after chemical nerve agent “Sarin” detected in mail room

Fox Carolina   MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Facebook mail processing warehouse has been evacuated as Silicon Valley officials try to determine what caused a bag of mail to test positive for the nerve agent sarin. Menlo Park Fire Marshal Jon Johnston said Monday that incoming mail going through routine processing tested positive for sarin. He said authorities are ...

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Couple arrested in biological weapons plot appear in court; raid found biological WMD components, explosives

The Local   A Tunisian man and his German wife went on trial Friday, charged with planning a foiled biological bomb attack in Germany with the deadly poison ricin. Sief Allah H., 30, and his wife Yasmin, 43, were arrested a year ago by an anti-terrorist squad that found 84 milligrams of the toxin in their Cologne apartment. The arrests ...

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Multiple rail cars derail resulting in roadway blockages and fire; crews working to stabilize remaining hazards

  Fox 8   WELLINGTON, Ohio – There is a train derailment in the village of Wellington at Magyar and Wheeling street. This is just a few blocks off of main street. The first reports of the derailment came in around 6 a.m.  State Route 18 and 58 are closed. 10 to 15 cars derailed. Assistant Fire Chief Bill Brown says there were ...

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Bomb Squad response for explosive found by man maintaining lawn; disposes of ordnance found

  ArkLaTex   TEXARKANA, Texas – (KTAL/KMSS) An explosive ordinance disposal team from Barksdale Air Force Base today detonated a early 1900s-manufactured tank wound found by a Texarkana man mowing his yard Sunday afternoon. The man said as he was mowing the yard of house on Magnolia Street when he noticed something sticking out of the ground. When he stopped to check ...

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