Incident Logs


Entries for April 2000

Sunday
Apr 30
Fontana, CA: A fire was reported at a plastic recycling plant near the California Speedway. More information

Saturday
Apr 29
Jersey City, NJ: A worker suffered frostbite to his lungs and asphyxia after connecting a nitrogen gas line instead of breathing air to his protective hood. More information

Friday
Apr 28
Bossier City, LA: One man was killed after he entered a chemical tanker trailer containing naphtha residue. One other man was killed and one was injured attempting to rescue the first man. More information

Friday
Apr 28
Houston, TX: Three workers were injured when a propane tank caught fire at a venetian blind factory. More information

Thursday
Apr 20
Holcomb, KS: A tallow separator at a rendering plant exploded, killing one worker and injuring another. More information

Wednesday
Apr 19
Cochranton, PA: An asphalt plant storage building caught fire. More information

Wednesday
Apr 19
Mifflin Township, OH: A conveyer belt at a factory collapsed, trapping workers. More information

Wednesday
Apr 19
Twinsburg, OH: A female industrial worker died after being struck by a towmotor. More information

Wednesday
Apr 19
Newcastle, United Kingdom: An explosion in a zinc dust processing unit at a chemical plant caused several small fires and had firefighters on the lookout for more explosions. More information

Monday
Apr 17
Upper Tyrone Township, PA: A tanker truck involved in a two-car collision overturned, and began leaking propane. Nearby homes were evacuated and traffic was rerouted because of the threat of explosion. More information

Monday
Apr 17
Edmonton, Alberta: A worker was using a 45-gallon drum of asphalt primer as a work table to cut a piece of steel when the drum exploded, killing him. More information

Sunday
Apr 16
SanJose, CA: Nitric acid spilled from a barrel and an acid cloud rose from the spill. Seventeen workers were treated for breathing difficulties, and 200 more workers were evacuated from the building. More information

Saturday
Apr 15
Ellijay, GA: Two workers were killed when a tank exploded at an asphalt plant. More information

Saturday
Apr 15
Burns Harbor, IN: A safety device on a tanker carrying liquid hydrogen malfunctioned, causing a clear fire to erupt and burn straight into the air. Over 300 local residents were evacuated, but no one was injured. More information

Saturday
Apr 15
Brooklyn, NY: A two-alarm fire at a factory sent two firefighters to the hospital. More information

Thursday
Apr 13
Grand Rapids, MI: A warehouse went up in flames and spilled an estimated 20,000 gallons of petroleum products including hydraulic oils, starting fluids, and racing fuel, into a channel that flows into the Mississippi River. There were multiple explosions as 55-gallon drums and cases of petroleum products exploded. Fire-fighters reported about 20 such explosions sending fireballs up to 150 feet into the air. Damage is estimated at $1 million and two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and released. More information

Thursday
Apr 13
Chrudim, Czech Republic: Eleven people were hospitalized after a fire in an agrochemical company. Authorities issued a shelter-in-place warning because of fumes from the fire. More information

Wednesday
Apr 12
Egelston Township, MI: Three rapid-fire explosions leveled a wastewater collection systems building at a herbicide and ink pigment plant. At least ten people were injured, two critically. More information

Wednesday
Apr 12
Muskegon, MI: A plant explosion injured eight workers, three critically. There were no reports of toxic fumes escaping, but people living near the plant were advised to stay inside. More information

Wednesday
Apr 12
Akron, OH: An oil well and storage tank at a metal abrasives plant caught fire. More information

Tuesday
Apr 11
Dothan, AL: Ammonia gas leaked from a fertilizer plant, forcing the evacuation of more than 400 people.Thirty-three people were treated for minor respiratory problems. More information

Tuesday
Apr 11
Guanghou, China: At least three explosions were reported on the top floor of an electro-plating factory. Two workers were killed and four were injured. It took 150 firefighters and 17 engines about an hour to extinguish the blaze. More information

Monday
Apr 10
Leetsdale, PA: An explosion at a copper plant injured five workers, twisted water lines, and dislodged 800 pound molds for molten copper. An official said that the blast was triggered by water contaminating the copper during the casting process. More information

Sunday
Apr 09
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada: Explosions and a huge blaze at a chemical plant caused concerns over air and water contamination, but exact extent of damage is still unknown. More information

Sunday
Apr 09
Romney, United Kingdom: A gas leak at a nuclear power plant prompted the evacuation of about 300 workers. Officials said there was no danger to the nuclear reactor. More information

Saturday
Apr 08
Duluth, MN: A generator at a hydroelectrical plant caught fire, causing $500,000 damage. More information

Friday
Apr 07
Prince Georges County, MD: More than 125,000 gallons of fuel leaked from a pipeline operated by an electric company, causing what Maryland officials called the states worst oil spill in years. The oil contaminated a marshland, but did not spread to a nearby river. More information

Thursday
Apr 06
Port Royal, SC: A worker was hospitalized after being exposed to organophosphate during a routine merchandise delivery. He was delivering a 2,000-pound cylinder of the chemical to a sod farm. More information

Thursday
Apr 06
Anchorage, AK: Fifteen fire engines responded to a fire at a tank farm that ignited 2,000 gallons of jet fuel. More information

Wednesday
Apr 05
Lillestroem, Norway: Two freight trains collided and caught fire. No one was injured, but fear of explosion caused officials to evacuate 2,000 people from the center of the city. More information

Tuesday
Apr 04
Spencer, NC: An explosion at a steam power plant killed one worker when a transformer exploded during routine maintenance. More information

Sunday
Apr 02
Two Rivers, WI: Buildings were evacuated and traffic was rerouted after an alarm went off indicating a chlorine leak. The county hazmat team shut off a valve in the plant, stopping the leak. More information

Saturday
Apr 01
Monroe, LA: About 10,000 gallons of gasoline spilled during an effort to transfer the liquid from a barge to a storage tank. No one was injured, but about 100 homes were evacuated and a nine mile stetch of U.S. 165 was closed for the night. More information

 
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