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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines (6 articles)
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 06:40:55 -0400
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Friday, July 6, 2018 at 6:40:42 AM

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Table of Contents (6 articles)

AM PYROTECHNICS EXPLOSION IN POLK COUNTY A 'NIGHTMARE COME TRUE'
Tags: us_MO, industrial, explosion, injury, fireworks

FEDEX DRIVER READING A MAP REAR-ENDS HAZMAT SEMI NEAR LEONARD, GETS CITED FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING
Tags: us_ND, transportation, release, injury, unknown_chemical

A DROPPED TUBERCULOSIS SAMPLE CAUSED AN EVACUATION AT A MAJOR HOSPITAL
Tags: us_MD, laboratory, release, response, other_chemical

FIRE AT PHARMA UNIT IN MOHALI
Tags: India, industrial, fire, response, pharmaceutical

ITHACA BAKERY FIRE: NO INJURIES REPORTED AFTER TRANSFORMER EXPLOSION
Tags: us_NY, public, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

FIREWORKS STORE GOES UP IN FLAMES ON EVE OF FOURTH OF JULY
Tags: us_MO, industrial, explosion, injury, fireworks


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AM PYROTECHNICS EXPLOSION IN POLK COUNTY A 'NIGHTMARE COME TRUE'
https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2018/07/04/am-pyrotechnics-explosion-polk-county-nightmare-come-true/758191002/
Tags: us_MO, industrial, explosion, injury, fireworks

There is no evidence yet to indicate that the fire that caused an explosion at AM Pyrotechnics in Polk County on Tuesday night was anything other than an accident, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.

Reports of an explosion started rolling in around 7:30 p.m., with local fire departments arriving 20 minutes later, neighbors said. Those living adjacent to the pyrotechnics manufacturer described booming sounds and shaking walls, as well as renegade fireworks flying past their windows.

MORE: Fire breaks out at Polk County's AM Pyrotechnics

One woman was in the building at the time. She was flown by helicopter to Mercy Hospital Springfield and was in critical condition in the hospital's burn unit as of Wednesday afternoon, said Joel Sheppard, resident agent in charge with ATF Springfield.

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FEDEX DRIVER READING A MAP REAR-ENDS HAZMAT SEMI NEAR LEONARD, GETS CITED FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING
http://www.wday.com/news/accidents/4469115-fedex-driver-reading-map-rear-ends-hazmat-semi-near-leonard-gets-cited
Tags: us_ND, transportation, release, injury, unknown_chemical

LEONARD, N.D. ?? A FedEx driver was cited for distracted driving after he rear-ended a stopped semi Thursday morning, July 5, near Leonard on Cass County Highway 46, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Seth Sistad, 33, of Moorhead, was busy looking at a map while driving 65 mph in a FedEx van when he rear-ended the semi driven by Jeffrey Teal, 50, of Horace, N.D., the patrol said.

The westbound semi hauling hazardous materials had stopped at a railroad crossing, as required by law. Sistad did not notice the semi was stopped, the patrol said.

Both men were taken to Essentia Health in Fargo where they were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. They were both wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

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A DROPPED TUBERCULOSIS SAMPLE CAUSED AN EVACUATION AT A MAJOR HOSPITAL
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-dropped-tuberculosis-sample-caused-a-hazmat-situation-and-evacuation-at-john-hopkins-hospital
Tags: us_MD, laboratory, release, response, other_chemical

It was one heck of a Thursday for the John Hopkins Hospital researchers in Baltimore, Maryland, after a tuberculosis (TB) scare evacuated multiple buildings.

At around 12 pm, a vial of frozen Mycobacterium tuberculosis was dropped onto the floor in an internal bridge that connects the hospital's Cancer Research Building 1 to Cancer Research Building 2.

When the vial dropped, the lid came off. Not long after, someone pulled the fire alarm and employees were quickly evacuated.

As Sarah Meehan and Lauren Lumpkin from the Baltimore Sun explains:

"Nearly a dozen fire vehicles surrounded the hospital's cancer research centre Thursday afternoon.

"A hub of white tents, which usually hosts the hospital's weekly farmers' market, was converted into a waiting area for those evacuated from the building."

There were employees in the area where the spill occurred, but hospital officials believe that no one was exposed to the bacteria, and no one was treated.

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FIRE AT PHARMA UNIT IN MOHALI
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/chandigarh/fire-at-pharma-unit-in-mohali/615481.html
Tags: India, industrial, fire, response, pharmaceutical

Mohali: A fire broke out at a pharmaceutical company in Phase II, Industrial Area, here on Wednesday afternoon. According to Fire Department, two fire tenders were dispatched immediately to Ind-Swift Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company, after getting information about the incident. The incident took place on the first floor of the building at 3 pm. ??The fire was controlled immediately but the thick smoke, emanating from the spot was cause of concern. We have to use dry chemical powder to control the fire due to the presence of chemicals on the premises,?? said fire officials. According to sources, around 25 employees were present there at the time of incident and all were safe. TNS

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ITHACA BAKERY FIRE: NO INJURIES REPORTED AFTER TRANSFORMER EXPLOSION
https://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/public-safety/2018/07/04/ithaca-bakery-fire-no-injuries-reported-after-transformer-explosion/758006002/
Tags: us_NY, public, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

The Ithaca Fire Department put out a fire on the roof of the Ithaca Bakery at 400 North Meadow St., on Wednesday morning.

At around 8:30 a.m., firefighters responded after a transformer explosion led to the fire on the roof of the bakery. Crews evacuated the building, according to a news release, as the electric cable leading to the building was burning, leading to the roof fire. Firefighters were also concerned about the solar panels on the roof, which can be a hazard in a fire, according to the release.


Firefighters responded to the Ithaca Bakery on Meadow Street on Wednesday for a fire on the roof. (Photo: Provided photo)
Firefighters used a dry chemical powder to put out the fire. NYSEG secured the utilities to the building, according to the release. No injuries were reported.

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FIREWORKS STORE GOES UP IN FLAMES ON EVE OF FOURTH OF JULY
https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/fireworks-store-flames-eve-fourth-july/story?id=56356876
Tags: us_MO, industrial, explosion, injury, fireworks

A fireworks retailer in Missouri went up in flames on the eve of Fourth of July.

Firefighters responded to a major fire at AM Pyrotechnics in Pleasant Hope, Missouri, on Tuesday night, according to Springfield, Missouri, ABC affiliate KSPR. According to the affiliate, several explosions rocked the building, and were large enough to rattle neighbors' windows.

One person suffered "moderate" injuries, according to KSPR.

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