Incident Logs


Entries for December 1998

Thursday
Dec 31
Waterville, MA: A fire at a paper plate factory damaged equipment used to dry the molded plates. More information

Thursday
Dec 31
Highland, Utah: Crude oil was spilled in a collision between a car and a tanker truck. The driver of the car was killed. More information

Thursday
Dec 31
New York, N.Y.: A printing plant serving an Arabic-language newspaper was damaged when a car parked beside the building was set ablaze. More information

Thursday
Dec 31
San Francisco, CA: A utility worker was arrested after bomb-making materials and instruction manuals were found at a company warehouse. More information

Thursday
Dec 31
Daphne, AL: A collision between a passenger car and a tanker truck resulted in a spill of hundreds of gallons of milk. More information

Thursday
Dec 31
Magna, UT: A worker at a smelter was severely burned in an accident involving the dumping of hot slag. Two vehicles caught fire in the resulting blaze. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Westfield, MA: Heavy damage was reported from a fire at a candle company. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Bucksport, ME: A fire in the ductwork at a paper mill required a partial evacuation of the facility. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Des Moines, IA: Authorities evacuated a large area of the city when two 2,800-gallon propane tankers caught fire and threatened to ignite nearby storage tanks. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Crawford, MS: A train derailment involving tanks cars of sodium chlorate and refrigerants resulted in an evacuation of the nearby area. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Cape Girardeau, MO: A train heading to Memphis, TN, derailed, with five tanker cars landing in the Mississippi River. No injuries were reported. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Monroe, N.C.: A gasoline tanker involved in a collision with a passenger car overturned, leaking gasoline. City employees used sandbags to keep the escaping fuel from reaching a nearby stream. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Rawtenstall, U.K.: A two-story slipper factory was destroyed by fire. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Hallendale, FL: A fuel tanker overturned and blocked an interstate highway most of the day. Only 40 gallons of fuel leaked from the tanker. More information

Wednesday
Dec 30
Evansville, MN: A finishing and assembly factory for a furniture company was destroyed by fire. More information

Tuesday
Dec 29
El Dorado, AR: A poultry processing plant employing nearly 1,000 workers sustained multi-million dollar damage from a fire. More information

Tuesday
Dec 29
Port Columbus, MO: Waiting passengers were evacuated from an airport loading gate when fuel spilled during the fueling of an airliner. More information

Tuesday
Dec 29
Amarillo, TX: A small fire broke out in the casing for a nuclear weapon at a maintenance facility. Alcohol fumes ignited, but were easily extinguished using a fire extinguisher. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Galveston, TX: A tanker carrying 150 tons of fuel caught fire near the Texas coast. Two crew members were lost in the fire. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Paterson, N.J.: Emergency response personnel needed two hours to free a loom operator whose arm was impaled on a bolt in the machine. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Chichigalpa, Nicaragua: An accidental release of scalding molasses at a sugar refinery killed four workers and injured seven. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Edgecomb County, PA: A fuel tanker overturned spilling fuel, but no fire resulted. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Stratford, CT: An anhydrous ammonia leak required the evacuation of a frozen food plant. Several workers were treated for inhalation. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Harrison, N.Y.: Coolant leaking from an air conditioning system at an airport terminal is being blamed for making several workers ill. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Vienna Township, MI: A concrete batching plant was destroyed by fire. More information

Monday
Dec 28
Richmond County, GA: A minor chlorine leak at a manufacturing plant injured two workers. More information

Sunday
Dec 27
Billings, MT: Sulfur dioxide fumes leaking from a storage tank forced the evacuation of a residential area near a sugar refinery. A similar leak from the same tank was reported two days earlier. More information

Sunday
Dec 27
Arroyo de Piedro, Colombia: A natural gas pipeline exploded, killing at least 12 people and injuring 80. Dozens of homes were destroyed. More information

Sunday
Dec 27
Providence, KY: A two-hour fire in molding equipment at a plastics plant temporarily shut down production. More information

Sunday
Dec 27
Ayrshire, U.K.: Hurricane-force winds downed power lines and required an emergency shut down of reactors at a nuclear plant. More information

Saturday
Dec 26
Sarwah, Yemen: An explosion that disrupted the countrys main oil pipeline was linked to sabotage. More information

Saturday
Dec 26
Fairfield, AL: A 10,000-gallon propane tanker truck overturned, closing an interstate highway. The propane was transferred to another vehicle without incident. More information

Saturday
Dec 26
Bandar Abbas, Iran: Six crew members were killed and 11 injured in an explosion aboard an Iranian tanker ship. More information

Saturday
Dec 26
Medford, OR: Fire destroyed the corporate headquarters of a major forest products company. More information

Friday
Dec 25
Fishers, IN: A plastics factory was destroyed by fire. More information

Friday
Dec 25
Chembur, India: A fire broke out at an oil refinery, killing one worker and injuring three. More information

Thursday
Dec 24
Samsun, Turkey: At least 18 people were killed when a passenger bus collided with a gasoline tanker that exploded and burned. More information

Thursday
Dec 24
Blencoe, IA: Nearby residents were evacuated after a train derailment resulted in a anhydrous ammonia leak. More information

Thursday
Dec 24
Edmonton, Alberta: A worker was crushed and killed by a hydraulic arm at a metal fabricating plant. More information

Wednesday
Dec 23
Grand Junction, CO: A worker was crushed to death when a 10,000 pound acrylic panel fell. The panel was meant to be used as a window at an aquarium. More information

Wednesday
Dec 23
Bethlehem Township, PA: Several employees were overcome by a small ammonia leak at a refrigerated storage terminal. More information

Wednesday
Dec 23
Wrightsville, PA: Firefighters responsed to a reported sodium dioxide leak at a local plant. More information

Wednesday
Dec 23
Surabaya, Indonesia: A 50 percent cut in the annual bonus to workers triggered a riot at a steel plant. More information

Tuesday
Dec 22
Searcy, AK: Concern about toxic fumes lead to the evacuation of 250 residents when a fire broke out at a fertilizer distribution plant. More information

Monday
Dec 21
Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Violent protests erupted over 3,000 tons of industrial waste imported from Taiwan and dumped in an open field near here. More information

Monday
Dec 21
Parsippany-Troy Hills, N.J.: An overturned tanker truck hauling corrosive aluminium sulfate overturned, closing a major highway during morning rush hour. Only a small amount of the cargo spilled. More information

Sunday
Dec 20
New Sarepta, Alberta: Three oil workers using hand-held extinguishers managed to put out a fire that threatened to reach storage tanks for waste oil at a refinery. More information

Sunday
Dec 20
Charlotte, N.C.: A textile mill reported a small fire that involved the duct system and a portion of the plant floor. More information

Sunday
Dec 20
Shenango Township, PA: A gasoline tanker truck and two cars collided, igniting the tankers contents. The tanker driver died and five others were seriously burned. More information

Sunday
Dec 20
Bothell, WA: An electrical fire caused extensive damage to a sound recording company located downtown. More information

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