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Apparent underground vault explosion in downtown San Francisco

According to FOX/KTVU: SAN FRANCISCO – An incident that sent a PG&E manhole cover flying this morning in San Francisco’s Financial District may have been indirectly caused by a nearby vehicle accident, according to a utility spokeswoman. The manhole cover blew off a PG&E vault in the area of 350 Bush St. shortly before 8:30 a.m., according to fire officials. ...

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Hazmat Teams Responding to Crude Oil Tank Fire

HMN- Video of a crude oil storage tank that had exploded and was burning available HERE VENTURA, CA – The fire was reported at 8:35 a.m. in the 12700 block of Santa Paula Ojai Road, according to the Ventura County Fire Department’s list of active incidents. Fire Capt. Mike Lindbery said the tank may be holding up to 42 barrels of crude ...

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Hazmat called for body in car

HMN- If you don’t think chemical suicide is possible in your jurisdiction, think again. It has started to become more popular in the United States as more incidents like the story below become public. The full story is here NewYork-A body found in a vehicle off Fairport Road in East Rochester and the potential of chemicals at the scene prompted ...

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Man “Cooks” His Own Urine

HMN-We can’t make this stuff up. The title should be “man cooks urine, hazmat is P.O.’ed”   AMHERST — Urine was the source of a strong smell that prompted a state Hazardous Materials Response team and bomb squad to evacuate tenants from Brandywine Apartments in North Amherst on Wednesday, according to an Amherst fire official. The tenant responsible for creating ...

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Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians 2016 Hazmat Conference

HMN- Join our brothers and sisters in Pennsylvania for an awesome training and networking opportunity!  Four days of quality education and training by national experts for county/city/industrial hazmat teams and personnel, EMS, fire, law enforcement and emergency management staff. DATE AND LOCATION August 25 – 28, 2016 Radisson at Valley Forge Casino Resort 1160 First Avenue King of Prussia, PA ...

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Smoke from Wixom building that prompted hazmat response was not toxic

HMN-According to Local News 4 Detroit the smoke was not toxic. WIXOM, Mich. – A large plume of smoke coming from a Wixom business that sparked the response of a hazmat team early Monday morning turned out not to be toxic, police said. Crews shut down Pontiac Trail at Wixom Road for the investigation at Korex Corporation after the smoke was ...

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Building Evacuated After Chemical Release in Boston – VIDEO

According to NECN out of Boston: A building in Boston has been evacuated after a chemical release Friday. Originally calling it a spill, Boston Fire says the release of bromine happened at 99 High St. with some water treatment equipment on the 18th floor. Hazmat crews are responding. One facility worker who was at the chemical release is being taken ...

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Hazmat Spill Shuts Down Spalding Co. Highway

Click the photo for the video from channel 11 news

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“Rail is still the safest, cleanest way to move hazardous materials”

HMN- As reported by The Spokesman-Review:  The recent train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, drives home the importance of transportation safety and emergency response preparations. It also puts a spotlight on the hazardous materials that are essential to supporting jobs and maintaining public health. Slamming the brakes on shipments of hazardous materials by rail could have unintended consequences, such as damaging ...

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Fire at dairy farm triggers hazmat situation

HMN- Dateline  WESTPORT, Mass. A fire at a dairy farm in Westport triggered a hazmat situation Friday night. Fire officials said the fire broke out just before 10:30 p.m. at the Ferry Dairy Farm on Gifford Road. The fire started in a small barn and within minutes spread to two larger barns, with mounds of fertilizer in the fire’s path. ...

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