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Iceland oil spill caused by failed meter

Oil spill

HMN-Around 1,500 liters entered the ocean. (Iceland review) Clean up of an oil spill which occurred yesterday evening in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, has gone well, RÚV reports. An employee of Skeljungur was pumping oil onto a ship in Fáskrúðsfjörður fjord around 6.00pm yesterday when he noticed an unusually strong smell of oil. According to Skeljungur, a failed meter had caused ...

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No injuries reported after pool chemical explosion

Chemical explosion

HMN-No injuries were reported after chemicals that were being mixed exploded at a Massachusetts residence. (NECN) No one was injured Saturday night when mixed pool chemicals exploded at a home on Glen Street in Whitman, Massachusetts. the incident occurred at the home just off of Route 18. The people inside of the home had been mixing pool chemicals, and that ...

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Lightning strikes oil tank in St. Martin Parish

Tank fire

HMN-More action in Louisiana this after noon as lightning strikes a tank battery in St. Martin Parish. (KATC) Crews are on the scene of an oil tank fire in St. Martin Parish on Breaux Bridge Highway. According to firefighters, lightning hit an old oil tank causing it to catch. The fire is still burning and firefighters are working to put ...

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Ethylene dichloride Leak shuts down Louisiana interstate

(KATC) UPDATE: Louisiana State Police have released the name of the hazardous material leaking from an overturned 18-wheeler that shut down Interstate 10 in both directions Friday morning. Police say the truck carrying Ethylene dichloride (1, 2-trichloroethane) overturned at mile marker 117 before Henderson around 7:30 a.m. The chemical is highly toxic and flammable. I-10 is closed in both directions ...

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Camden police seize 550 pounds of marijuana from rail tanker

Marijuana

(Magnolia Banner) The Camden Police Department this week confiscated approximately 550 pounds of illegal marijuana from a rail car fuel tanker as it sat on a local track. The street value of the seizure, authorities say, is estimated at $500,000. According to a Monday statement from the local police department, law enforcement officials were first alerted to the issue on ...

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Woman questioned after bringing lye through Orlando airport

Lye

(Orlando Sentinel)   The FBI questioned a woman on Tuesday who tried to bring hazardous cleaning materials through airport security and left a bag behind in a bathroom at Orlando International Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The woman, who was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles International Airport, was not allowed to board and was barred from the ...

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Possible leak from tanker in Florida on I-75

toluene

HMN-Authorities have a stretch of I-75 shut down while hazmat crews investigate a tanker with a placard labeled 1866.  (MySuncoast) CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) – Charlotte County officials are warning drivers that I-75 Northbound lanes are closed at Oilwell Road by Mile Marker 154. The highway has been closed since just after 9am. After about an hour, both the northbound ...

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Radiation scare from N.C. Garbage truck

radiation

HMN-HAZMAT was called in North Carolina after a garbage truck set off radiation sensors.  (WBTV) Hazmat crews were called out Monday after a garbage truck in Concord set off radiation sensors. The incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. on the 5100 block of Morehead Road near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Officials said the residential garbage truck initially set off sensors ...

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Radium 226 discovered in Goodwill warehouse

Radium

HMN-The radioactive material poses its most serious threat when ingested or inhaled. (KomoNews) SEATTLE – A hazardous materials team is responding after a radioactive material was found inside the Goodwill warehouse in Seattle. Officials later said there does not appear to be any risk to the public. Emergency officials said the hazardous material was determined to be radium 226, which ...

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Patient deconned at hospital helipad

hazmat

(AL.com) Hazmat crews responded to the helipad at UAB Hospital Thursday night after crews transporting a patient injured in a explosion had a reaction to a substance on the patient, officials said. The patient was “decontaminated” upon arrival at the hospital, UAB spokesperson Tyler Greer told AL.com in an email. Hospital officials said they did not know where the explosion ...

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