Incident Logs


Entries for April 2002

Friday
Apr 26
Ashland City, TN: A fire at a water heater factory triggered by an exploding propane tank was quickly extinguished. More information

Thursday
Apr 25
Oshkosh, WI: Nitric acid leaking from a chemical plant holding tank triggered a three-hour area evacuation. More information

Thursday
Apr 25
Runcorn, U.K.: A giant cloud of white powder consisting of half a ton of PVC polymer and VC monomer escaped from a chemical plant. More information

Tuesday
Apr 23
Port Sunlight, U.K.: No injuries were reported in a small fire and chlorine release at a detergent plant. More information

Tuesday
Apr 23
Martinez, CA: A 40-minute discharge of sulfur dioxide resulted in a shelter-in-place order. More information

Monday
Apr 22
Rochester, N.Y.: Nine police officers were treated after an ammonia leak at a bottling plant. More information

Sunday
Apr 21
Cincinnati, OH: Vapors from a vat of varnish ignited causing an explosion at a pigment factory. Sprinklers quickly extinguished the resulting fire. More information

Saturday
Apr 20
Cook Inlet, AK: Four worker were injured when escaping natural gas exploded aboard an oil platform. More information

Saturday
Apr 20
Canton, CN: Fire gutted a 60,000-square-foot building that was home to a plant making electromagnetic brakes. More information

Friday
Apr 19
Bakerfield, CA: An accidential power failure shut down an oil refinery and triggered flaring. Power was returned within an hour. More information

Thursday
Apr 18
Tlaneplantla, Mexico: A large fire at a paint factory was extinguished by firefighters within two hours. More information

Wednesday
Apr 17
Matraville, Australia: A ruptured ethyline pipe at a chemical plant resulted in a giant plume of flame. More information

Wednesday
Apr 17
Texas City, TX: A refinery released a small amount of catalyst to the fire. More information

Monday
Apr 15
Tomakomai, Japan: A refinery fire raged nearly 10 hours before it could be extinguished. No injuries reported. More information

Sunday
Apr 14
Richmond, CA: Firefighters quickly extinguished a sulfur fire that broke out atop a storage tank at a chemical plant. More information

Saturday
Apr 13
Saylor Township, IA: Four employees at a manufacturing plant were injured in a dust explosion. More information

Friday
Apr 12
North Shields, U.K.: Acrid smoke from a major fire in a solvents recycling plant forced area evacuations. Explosions threw barrels of chemicals into the air. More information

Friday
Apr 12
South Gate, CA: Fire engulfed a plastics plant, sending columns of flame more than 100 feet in the air. More information

Thursday
Apr 11
Fort McMurray, Alberta: A fire in a leaking hydrogen unit at a 220,000-barrel oilsands plant temporarily cut production nearly 80 percent. More information

Thursday
Apr 11
Cedar City, UT: An accident at a sodium azide plant left one person dead. More information

Thursday
Apr 11
Bathinda, India: A worker went into a coma following cardiac arrest after inhaling nitrogen while working in a fertilizer plant catalyst chamber. More information

Thursday
Apr 11
Samut Sakhon, Thailand: Workers used sand bags to block city sewers and prevent more than 21,000 gallons of runoff from a fire at an oil depot from running into the Tha Chin river. More information

Wednesday
Apr 10
Norcross, GA: A chemical spill at a plant specializing in diagnostic imaging equipment forced the evacuation of 50 workers. More information

Wednesday
Apr 10
Kuwait City, Kuwait: A fire broke out in a natural gas pre-heater at an ammonia plant, slightly injuring six workers. More information

Wednesday
Apr 10
Cohocton, NY: Several nearby homes were evacuated after a large spill of anhydrous ammonia at a food processing plant. More information

Tuesday
Apr 09
Port Stanvac, Austalia: A fireball rising 300 feet from an oil refinery caused a grass fire outside the facility. More information

Tuesday
Apr 09
Norfolk, VA: A fire at a food processing plant destroyed more than 250,000 pound of peanuts. More information

Tuesday
Apr 09
Takapau, New Zealand: Four workers were treated after a minor ammonia leak at a refrigeration plant. More information

Monday
Apr 08
Portland, OR: A tanker carrying 7,400 gallons of anhydrous ammonia overturned on the St. Johns Bridge. A wide perimeter around the truck was isolated until it could be pumped out. More information

Saturday
Apr 06
Madison, OH: A tanker truck carrying anhydrous ammonia overturned. More information

Friday
Apr 05
Amherst, Nova Scotia: A chemical spill at a wastewater treatment facility inside an aerospace plant forced the evacuation of nearly 200 workers. More information

Friday
Apr 05
Convent, LA: An overturned truck spilled molten sulfur, forcing area evacuations. More information

Wednesday
Apr 03
Deer Park, TX: A fire in an out-of-service crude unit was swiftly brought under control without affecting production in the rest of the refinery. More information

Wednesday
Apr 03
Fort Worth, TX: At least 10 people were hospitalized after a fire involving naphthalene sulphate in a dryer unit at a chemical plant. Several others reported respiratory difficulties. More information

Wednesday
Apr 03
Ormond Beach, FL: A hydrogen gas explosion blew the lid off a heavy container at a heat treatment and brazing plant, crushing one workers hand. More information

Tuesday
Apr 02
Syracuse, NY: Workers fled several buildings at a nuclear power plant after a fire suppression system discharged carbon dioxide. No fire was found. More information

Tuesday
Apr 02
Canton, N.Y.: A boiler explosion that blew out a wall at a food processing plant halted cheese production. Three workers were injured. More information

Tuesday
Apr 02
Latrobe, PA: A fire in an empty chemical tank at a steel plant forced the evacuation of nearly 20 surrounding homes. More information

Tuesday
Apr 02
London, U.K.: Fire that started in an oil seed rape hopper spread throughout an oil works plant. More information

Tuesday
Apr 02
Metropolis, IL: A seven-block area around a burning duck decoy factory was evacuated out of concern for hazardous chemicals kept on site. More information

Tuesday
Apr 02
London, U.K.: Heavy fire was reported throughout a one-story factory. More information

Tuesday
Apr 02
Tampa, FL: A conveyor belt moving coal to a collection bin 10 stories tall caught fire at a power plant. Seven workers were treated for smoke inhalation. More information

Monday
Apr 01
Newington, NH: A chemical release at a pharmaceuticals plant seriously injured two workers. More information

Monday
Apr 01
Ras Tamura, Saudi Arabia: A small fire in an oil treatment unit at a 325,000-barrel-a-day refinery was extinguished in 15 minutes. More information

Monday
Apr 01
Plainfield, PA: Fire destroyed a packing plant. More information

Monday
Apr 01
Portsmouth, N.H.: Sodium bisulphite being transferred to a new container injured five chemical plant employees who were accidently sprayed with it. More information

 
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