Incident Logs


Entries for July 1998

Tuesday
Jul 14
Essen, Germany: Nearly 7,000 tons of paper was destroyed by fireat the printing plant of a leading national newspaper. Press equipment was also damaged.Police later determined that the fire was arson. More information

Tuesday
Jul 14
Los Alamitos, CA: Fifteen workers were treated and released aftervapor release from an aerospace plant. More information

Monday
Jul 13
Siaya, Kenya: Ten people were killed when an overturned fuel tanker truck exploded. Nearby residents were trying to capture the fuel flowing fromthe ruptured tanker when the explosion occurred. More information

Monday
Jul 13
San Jose, CA: An tanker truck containing 6,000 gallons ofunrefined gasoline exploded. The driver escaped with minor injuries. More information

Monday
Jul 13
Ardmore, OK: A fire in the fluid catalytic cracking unit of anoil refinery was quickly brought under control. More information

Monday
Jul 13
Anchorage, AK: A worker cutting up a rail car with weldingequipment was severely burned in an explosion. He later died. More information

Sunday
Jul 12
Sydney, Australia: Fire and explosions ripped through twochemical plants. Chemicals involved included ethanol, methanol and white spirits. More information

Sunday
Jul 12
Yountville, CA: A tanker truck overturned, spilling 4,600 gallonsof gasoline. A major highway was shut down for nearly 12 hours. More information

Saturday
Jul 11
Fort Worth, TX: Firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze at apaper company that destroyed dozens of bales of tightly compacted paper. More information

Saturday
Jul 11
Akron, OH: Nearly 200 gallons of xylene leaked from a chemicalplant into a nearby creek. More information

Friday
Jul 10
Grenzach-Whylen, Germany: An explosion at a chemicalfactory killed one worker and injured four others. The explosion occurred in a sectionthat produced coloring dyes. More information

Friday
Jul 10
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba: Glycol leaked into a creek aftereight cars of an 85-car freight train derailed. The cars also contained LPG. Nearby farmswere evacuated and two major highways closed down. More information

Friday
Jul 10
Guiyang, China: A death toll of more than 80 peopleresulted when gas canisters aboard a train exploded, collapsing a railroad tunnel. Amongthe dead were railroad workers sent to the accident scene and killed by subsequent blasts. More information

Friday
Jul 10
Macon, GA: Gasoline from a tanker truck explosion leaked into thecity sewer system, damaging the sewers and underground utilities. More information

Thursday
Jul 09
Niskayuna, N.Y.: Hydrochloric acid being shipped by a chemicalcompany spilled in the rear of a truck, requiring the help of local hazmat authorities. More information

Wednesday
Jul 08
Shelby, N.C.: Hazmat personnel were called in when a tankertruck overturned, killing the driver. More information

Wednesday
Jul 08
Long Beach, CA: Damage in the millions occurred at an electricalgenerating plant when a transformer overheated, igniting the coolant oil inside. More information

Wednesday
Jul 08
Santa Clara, CA: Three workers at a computer company were treatedafter a release of hydrogen sulfide gas. Workers were mixing chemicals in a 55-gallon drumwhen the release occurred. More information

Wednesday
Jul 08
Indiana Township, PA: A steel plant worker using a forkliftto lift a motorized cart he was repairing was crushed to death when the cart slipped andfell. More information

Wednesday
Jul 08
Columbus, GA: A faulty value caused nearly 30,000 gallons ofgasoline to spill into a contained well at a petrochemical storage facility. More information

Tuesday
Jul 07
Grafton, OH: Firefighters took 20 minutes to extinguish a firethat damaged the venting system in the roof of a metal processing plant. More information

Tuesday
Jul 07
Westminster, MA: One employee was injured in a fire at a chemicalplant. The plant did not have a current license to store toxic chemicals. More information

Monday
Jul 06
Kemerovo, Siberia: One worker was killed when an empty fueltank exploded while being cleaned. More information

Monday
Jul 06
Salem, MA: One worker was burned and nine others received minorinjuries in a nitric acid spill at an environmental consulting company. More information

Monday
Jul 06
Fayetteville, N.C.: An explosion in a waste line at a food plantinjured three workers. More information

Monday
Jul 06
Tampa, FL: More than 60 shipyard workers were treated for exposureto fumes from a neighboring chlorine transfer facility. Only a few of the workers requiredhospitalization. More information

Sunday
Jul 05
Tayside, UK: Two workers died in a fire aboard a drillingrig berthed in Dundee harbor. The workers were doing welding work. More information

Saturday
Jul 04
Roxana, IL: A light spray of oil released from an oil refinerysettled across nearly 120 nearby homes. More information

Friday
Jul 03
Akron, OH: A fire that began in some roofing materials led to theevacuation of an engineering plant. More information

Friday
Jul 03
Aden, Yemen: An explosion damaged a pipeline connecting an oilrefinery to its port facilities. The blast was blamed on a bomb. More information

Thursday
Jul 02
Wichita, KS: Two men died while cleaning a tanker at arendering plant. Fire officials found a high amount of hydrogen sulfide in the air insidethe tanker. More information

Thursday
Jul 02
Sedamsville, OH: Dust particles ignited at a grain transportcenter, triggering an explosion. No injuries were reported. More information

Thursday
Jul 02
Ramsey, MN: One worker was injured in an explosion at a propanestorage facility. Nearby businesses were evacuated and a major highway closed down. More information

Wednesday
Jul 01
Livermore, CA: A driver trying to remove a leaking drum ofhydrochloric acid from a tractor-trailer rig was overcome by fumes. Two other people werealso treated. More information

Wednesday
Jul 01
Newberry, S.C.: Barrels containing toxic chemicals overturned inthe rear of a tractor-trailer rig, closing an interstate highway for more than threehours. More information

Wednesday
Jul 01
Fairfield, OH: Three workers were injured, one seriously, in afire at a chemical packaging plant. Five hundred people within a quarter-mile radius wereevacuated. More information

Wednesday
Jul 01
Leveen, AZ: A nitric acid cloud released from a fertilizer plantforced the evacuation of area residents and a nearby Indian casino. Eleven people werehospitalized. More information

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