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Oil line hit in Beaumont, CA

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(Patch) BEAUMONT, CA — A construction crew in Beaumont hit an oil line on Wednesday, prompting an hours-long hazmat response and road closure in town. The incident was first reported around 11:40 a.m. in the area of 4th Street and California, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Police subsequently closed off California between Louis Estrada and 3rd. Officials say ...

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22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant

AP   An explosion outside a chemical plant in northeastern China early Wednesday killed at least 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles, in the latest challenge to efforts to boost industrial safety in the world’s second-largest economy. The blast occurred just after midnight at a loading area next to the plant operated by the Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co. ...

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Suspicious package investigation at Google building

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(NBC Bay Area) A suspicious substance investigation prompted evacuations Tuesday afternoon at a Google facility in Mountain View, officials said. A hazardous materials crew also responded to the scene on the 2600 block of Casey Avenue after an employee found an envelope with white powder inside. Crews inspected the powder and determined it was not harmful. No injuries were reported ...

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HAZMAT call leads to discovery of 2 bodies, and home made warning signs

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(Click Orlando) HMN-Neighbors called authorities after the discovery of home made signs warning of hazardous materials being on site. The investigation found two bodies. ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Homemade warning signs were found in an Azalea Park home where the bodies of two people were discovered Monday evening, according to officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies and fire rescue ...

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Hundreds of gallons of oil overflow in Boston

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(Boston 25) Hazmat crews responded after hundreds of gallons of oil overflowed in Boston Sunday. Crews responded to Washington Street for reports of a heating oil overflow and spill Sunday evening. The oil company had showed up to fill the tanks, and oil overflowed into a built-in reservoir, which Boston Fire said was built into the concrete in the event that ...

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House explosion in Minnesota (Video)

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  (NBC) Authorities are trying to figure out what caused a house in St. Paul, Minnesota, to explode Friday morning, sending debris flying through the air. Elias Ali, 18, was stocking shelves at the Karibu Grocery and Deli in St. Paul, Minnesota, when it suddenly shook Friday morning. Posters fell off the wall. Ali said he and others thought the violent ...

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Arizona bank evacuated after suspicious substance found

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(AZ Family) PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) – A Bank of America building in Phoenix had to be evacuated Friday after reports that a suspicious package had turned up in the mail room. This happened shortly after noon Friday at the building near 18th Street and Buckeye Road. Phoenix fire hazardous materials crews were called to the scene. The package in question was ...

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Tractor rollover leads to fatality and chemical spill

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(The Observer) 2pm | AUTHORITIES have confirmed a farm worker in his 50s has tragically died following a tractor rollover and subsequent chemical spill at Cordalba this morning. Workplace Health and Safety is currently at the scene of the incident, where a middle-aged man was killed shortly before noon today. Initial reports are the man involved was driving the tractor and spraying ...

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Train hits 18-wheeler in Fort Worth

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(Fox 4) – Several people were hurt and a hazardous material spilled onto the roadway after a train and 18-wheeler collided in Fort Worth early Wednesday morning. The Fort Worth Fire Department said the accident happened around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of N. Collins and Calloway Cemetery roads. A Trinity Railway Express train hit a semi that was carrying ...

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HazMatNation in Fire Engineering

HMN-The November 2017 and 2018 issues of Fire Engineering have been particularly exciting for the contributors of HazMatNation.  In 2017, HMN founder Phil Ambrose had his article “The Gray Area: Firefighter Rescue and Hazmat” (Read HERE) which segwayed into his popular FDIC classroom session by the same name. Recently, in the November 2018 issue of Fire Engineering, two more HazMatNation contributors ...

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