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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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Underground drilling may have caused deadly Colorado blasts

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(CBS) AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Workers drilling underground pathways struck buried natural gas lines at a senior living community in east suburban Denver shortly before a fatal explosion that burned several homes. Aurora Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sherri-Jo Stowell tells The Denver Post firefighters were at Heather Gardens Friday investigating a gas leak when the explosion occurred. The blast killed 82-year-old ...

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Chemical odor sends one to hospital in Wisconssin

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(Channel 3000) MADISON, Wis. – One person was taken to the hospital Monday morning after inhaling fumes while working in a community clubhouse on Madison’s south side, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. Emergency crews were called around 8:30 a.m. to Highland Manor at 10 Malibur Drive for reports of a noxious odor that caused the custodian ...

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1 killed after hazardous waste disposal site explosion

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(Spokesman) BOISE – An explosion Saturday at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho killed one worker, injured three others and heavily damaged a building, officials said. US Ecology, which runs the site, said Monte “Alex” Green of Grand View, Idaho, died of his injuries from the explosion at 9:23 a.m. inside one of the buildings at the facility. Green ...

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Post fire DECON kits becoming more common on the fireground

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(WFLA) WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – Firefighters in Winter Haven are taking extra precautions when it comes to reducing chemical contamination and the risk of cancer. The Winter Haven Fire Department recently obtained post-fire decontamination kits that will “play an integral role in preventing the cancer risk that firefighters face.” They came from the University of Miami through a grant, ...

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In-Situ burn scheduled for Louisiana oil spill

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(KATC) The Coast Guard, state, and federal agencies are responding to a crude oil spill in the marsh near Dulac. The spill happened Thursday afternoon; authorities believed that about 420 gallons of crude oil spilled from a flow line owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Corporation was dumped into an unnamed marsh in the Lake Paige Oil and Gas Field. A ...

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Mother plans to sue EPA over sons death involving chemicals

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(Tennesseean) A Tennessee mother is taking steps to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for apparently failing to finalize a ban on a chemical that killed her 21-year-old son last year. Wendy Hartley “joined forces” with several other parties and submitted a notice of intent to file suit against the EPA on Oct. 31, aiming to push the agency to ban methylene ...

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Potential food product causes HAZMAT response in Virginia

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(NBC 12) RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A hazmat team responded to the Patrick Henry Building on Friday morning for what investigators believe was a food product. Two employees in a first-floor office opened a letter and found contents they deemed to be suspicious, prompting the hazmat response shortly after 10 a.m. The substance, which has not been positively identified, was ...

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