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Disneyland shuts down cooling towers after Legionnaires’ disease cases

Legionnaires

HMN-Cooling towers have been a known source for Legionella for some time now.  Recently, Disneyland in Anaheim shut down two of their cooling towers due to high Legionelle levels, and recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the area. ABC 7 provides more. ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers after people who visited the Southern California theme ...

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7 taken to hospital after industrial incident

Industrial

HMN-Firefighters say a canister leaking an unidentified gas caused 7 people to be taken to the hospital.  Fox Carolina mentions that the incident occurred at Pratt Industries. DUNCAN, SC (FOX Carolina) – Firefighters said seven people were taken to the hospital via ambulance after a hazmat situation Thursday morning at a large industrial facility in Spartanburg County. Firefighters said the ...

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3 hospitalized after hazmat situation at Fedex depot in Weston

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Dispersant used in BP oil spill said to be linked to “Fast-Developing symptoms”

Bp

HMN-Dispersants are commonly used in oil spill incidents to help break up larger clumps into smaller pieces.  During the BP “Deepwater Horizon” incident, the dispersant Corexit was used.  Research is now showing that Corexit is being linked to symptoms such as wheezing, rashes, and burning eyes according to Science Line. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responds to about 100 ...

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I-84 closed due to tetramethylammonium hydroxide spill

Chemical

  HMN-I-84 in Oregon was closed after a spill of tetramethylammonium hydroxide coated the icy roadway.  (KTVZ) MEACHAM, Ore. – A truck hauling a corrosive chemical crashed and overturned on icy Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon early Monday, causing the trailer to rupture and prompting an isolation area and lengthy closure of the freeway, Oregon State Police said. OSP troopers responded ...

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Truck carrying one million bees crashes in Northern California

Bees

HMN-Around one million bees were killed by authorities with a soapy water mixture, after an 18 wheeler carrying them crashed off of I-80.  The driver sustained minor injuries. LA times has more. About 1 million bees have been killed after a truck carrying their hives crashed in Northern California. Authorities say the big rig swerved off Interstate 80 late Thursday ...

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“Smoke Showing” turns to HAZMAT call

Hazmat

HMN-Firefighters in Conway, South Carolina initially responded to a “smoke showing” call at a Sunhouse gas station.  Once on scene they quickly realized they had patients, and a Hazmat scene. (WPDE) Conway, S.C. (WPDE) — Crews with Horry County Fire Rescue and Conway Fire treated several patients after a Friday morning call about a fire at the Sunhouse gas station ...

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“Self inflicted” chemical death near Atlanta.

Suicide

  HMN-Few details have been released, however Fox 5 reports that fire and HAZMAT teams were dispatched to an intersection in Cobb County Georgia for a “Self inflicted chemical death”. A self-inflicted chemical death is now being investigated by Cobb County police as a suicide. Cobb and Marietta fire officials were called around 8:39 this morning to assist police. According ...

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Two students attempt suicide by ingesting chemical

Chemical suicide

HMN- (Mancherial, India) Two students attempted suicide by ingesting a chemical used for preventing lice.  While unsuccessful, both of the students drank water laced with the chemical. Telengana Today provides more. Mancherial: Two Class VI students of a government school attempted suicide by consuming a chemical used for preventing lice, as one of them was upset after being sexually harassed ...

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Police officer revived after coming in contact with “strong substance”

HMN-A Warwick police officer was revived with narcan after coming in contact with a “strong substance” at CCRI’s Warwick campus.  ABC 6 reports that five additional officers were hospitalized after the incident as well. WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — A Warwick police officer had to be revived with Narcan Thursday after coming into contact with some sort of strong substance. Five ...

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