Incident Logs


Entries for February 2003

Friday
Feb 28
Pampano Beach, FL - The fuel tank on a large boat being worked on outside a metal fabrication plant exploded and caught fire injuring one worker. More information

Wednesday
Feb 26
Netherley, UK - More than 20 firefighters were called to a plastics factory due to an explosion and fire. Officials said the explosion was caused when a chemical cylinder containing acetylene caught fire at the factory. More information

Tuesday
Feb 25
Holland Township, MI - Four oil tanker trucks were involved in a fire at an oil company. Four people received minor injuries including 2 fire fighters. The cause in unknown. More information

Tuesday
Feb 25
St. Paul Park, MN - A fire broke out at a refinery in the pipe rack of the alkylation unit. Plant official were not sure but believed it was caused by a rupture in a pipeline inside the refinery. More information

Tuesday
Feb 25
Johnson City, TN - An explosion in a sawdust bin at a flooring plant caused a lot of flame and smoke but no injuries or serious damage. The bin was collecting dust from the plant when the sawdust was ignited by a spark. More information

Tuesday
Feb 25
London, UK - Firefighters spent several hours battling a blaze at a factory. The fire destroyed dozens of pallets of wrapping paper and other products. More information

Monday
Feb 24
Daxian County, China - An explosion at a chemical plant left 2 dead and 4 injured. The explosion occurred when workers were trying to dredge a jammed blast furnace, a spokesman said. More information

Monday
Feb 24
Shelton, CT - Aided by extinguishers and a sprinkler system, employees were able to caontain a fire that began in the welding shop area of a manufacturing plant until fire fighters arrived. Fire officials estimate the damages at $25,000. More information

Sunday
Feb 23
Gulfport, MS - An anhydrous ammonia leak from a chemical plant forced the evacuation of 8 hotels in the area. More information

Sunday
Feb 23
Matherville, IL - Three fire departments battled a fire that destroyed a factory that makes metal parts. A spokesman said the cause of the fire has not been determined. More information

Sunday
Feb 23
Fire fighters spent hours dousing a blaze at a wood products plant only to have it flare up again hours later. More information

Friday
Feb 21
New York, NY - Two people were killed and 1 injured in an explosion at an oil and gas facility on Staten Island. A few residents near the plant were evacuated. More information

Friday
Feb 21
Midland, TX - A chemical fire forced residents to evacuate a neighborhood in south Midland. There was one minor injury caused by the fire. More information

Friday
Feb 21
San Diego, CA - A mixture of trash, plastic and wood pallets created a fire that burned for more than 5 hours at a recycling plant. More information

Friday
Feb 21
Marrero, LA - An explosion at an oil field service business injured an employee. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. More information

Thursday
Feb 20
Corbin, KY - An explosion at a plant manufacturing acoustic and thermal insulation products injured at least 44 people. More information

Thursday
Feb 20
Rossville, NY - Propane from a leaking valve caught fire in a scrap metal yard. There were no injuries and no other damage. More information

Saturday
Feb 15
Harbin, China - One person was killed and 29 other were poisoned when a gas pipeline burst outside 2 buildings in the residential quarters of a light-alloy processing plant. More information

Friday
Feb 14
Cliffside, GA - A textile plant worker was critically burned after he was splattered with a release of dye, chemicals and water. More information

Thursday
Feb 13
Ontario, Canada - Twenty-seven freight cars carrying methanol gas and styrene derailed at a crossing northwest of Toronto. A rail spokesman said hazardous chemicals were leaking from the cars and officials ordered about 180 people to evacuate. More information

Thursday
Feb 13
Penrith, Australia - A copper pipe factory was evacuated after fire spread through a large section of the structure. More information

Thursday
Feb 13
Catlettsburg, KY - A piece of malfunctioning equipment sent a cloud of what appeared to be smoke spewing into the air from a petroleum facility. Plant officials said the clouds chemical makeup will not pose a serious health risk to residents. More information

Wednesday
Feb 12
La Couture Boussey, France - A fire destroyed a clarinet factory and caused at least $1.8 million in damages. A spokesman for the company said the cause of the fire was not known. More information

Tuesday
Feb 11
Slocomb, AL - Fire erupted at a farm-supply store housing dangerous chemicals, prompting the evacuation of the entire town. No injuries were reported. More information

Tuesday
Feb 11
Silver Bay, MN - The main natural gas line serving Silver Bay ruptured and exploded and caused the closure of Hiway 61 between Beaver Bay and Silver Bay. More information

Tuesday
Feb 11
Szombathely, Hungary - Fourteen people were injured (2 seriously) in a blast at a small factory producing car parts. The cause of the blast is not yet known. More information

Tuesday
Feb 11
Dallas, TX - A 4-alarm fire at a dairy plant sent plumes of smoke billowing from the plant and caused a large hole in the roof. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time. More information

Tuesday
Feb 11
Benson, NC - A circuit breaker box flashover at a plant injured a worker. More information

Tuesday
Feb 11
Port Stanvac, Australia - A fire at a refinery was contained by staff trained in firefighting. A fire service spokesman said the fire started in the heavy oil section of the plant. The fire is believed to have been caused by malfunctioning equipment which dripped a petroleum product onto hot pipes. More information

Sunday
Feb 09
Islamabad, Pakistan - An explosion near a nuclear facility killed one person and left another injured. The blast occurred at the liquid nitrogen plant in a teaching center. The nuclear facility was not affected. More information

Sunday
Feb 09
Tamaroa, IL - A freight train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in the middle of town and forced the evacuation of at least 500 people. The train was carrying vinyl chloride, formaldehyde and hydrochloric acid. There were no injuries reported. More information

Sunday
Feb 09
Huntingdon, TN - A worker died after being burned in a welding accident at an aluminum plant. The worker was welding on piping when his clothes ignited. More information

Saturday
Feb 08
Rome, Italy - A fire broke out in a meat processing plant and almost destroyed the entire factory. More information

Friday
Feb 07
Samut Prakan, Thailand - A large boiler at a garment-dyeing factory exploded leaving one dead and 17 injured. More information

Friday
Feb 07
Morrisville, NC - A chemical spill forced the evacuations of employees at a Morrisville plant. The spill was contained by HazMat crews and no injuries were reported. More information

Thursday
Feb 06
New Braunfels, TX - Fire destroyed a solvent plant and forced the evacuation of nearby homes. The cause was believed to be arson, officials said. More information

Thursday
Feb 06
Cranston, RI - A chemical plant worker tried to clear a pipe by banging on it with a hammer and set off an explosion and fire that injured 12, one critically. More information

Wednesday
Feb 05
Perryman, MD - Several employees of a bleach manufacturing plant were treated for breathing difficulties after coming in contact with fumes from an unidentified type of fertilizer. More information

Monday
Feb 03
Marsh Mills, UK - A man was critically injured following an explosion in a storage containment tank. More information

Sunday
Feb 02
Chico, CA - A propane tanker truck exploded and burned several cars, damaged nearby buildings and caused the evacuations of almost 500 people. There were no injuries. More information

Saturday
Feb 01
Spartanburg, SC - Fire broke out at a chemical mixing area at a plant but was quickly brought under control. More information

 
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