Incident Logs


Entries for February 2002

Friday
Feb 22
Bay Point, CA: County officials issued a shelter-in-warning for area residents after a 55-gallon drum caught fire inside an adhesive manufacturing plant produced a cloud of fumes. More information

Friday
Feb 22
Baton Rouge, LA: Five men have been indited with arson for allegedly setting a fire at a hot sauce plant. More information

Wednesday
Feb 20
Kalgoorlie, Australia: A fire broke out in a sulphuric acid plant. No injuries were reported and the nickel smelter was not affected. More information

Tuesday
Feb 19
Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico: Southwest of Mexico City, a boiler exploded at an iron foundry on Mexicos Pacific coast, killing four people. More information

Tuesday
Feb 19
Dutch Harbor, AR: An hydrous ammonia release at a seafood plant resulted in 200 evacuations and 12 injuries. More information

Tuesday
Feb 19
Baton Rouge, LA: Fire destroyed an unused building at the dormant marine shale processors plant, but no damage was reported at the waste incinerator facility. More information

Monday
Feb 18
Claymont, DE: Excessive pressure inside a tank ruptured a safety valve near the end of a plants silane production unit and released oximesilane and n-hexane vapor and hurled a section of wall panel into a worker. More information

Monday
Feb 18
Modesto, CA: Safety officials will inspect a plant after the fire department responding to a small blaze at the plant found a potentially dangerous accumulation of grease on machinery and catwalks. More information

Sunday
Feb 17
Port Everglades, FL: A freight train backed into a gasoline tanker loaded with gasoline near a cluster of gasoline storage facilities. The area was evacuated and power was turned off, as fire-fighters worked to free the driver trapped inside the tanker. More information

Sunday
Feb 17
Whitefield, UK: A trailer loaded with drums of chemicals and disused refrigerators sparked a chemical alert after it was dumped on an industrial estate. More information

Sunday
Feb 17
High Bridge, NJ: A fire at a product-testing company burned for nearly three hours after a work accident caused a blaze that spread quickly. A fuel tank in the building fed the fire, causing numerous explosions and a roof collapse. More information

Saturday
Feb 16
Istanbul, Turkey: An LPG tank exploded inside a car parts factory, bringing down part of the building and injuring 11 people. More information

Saturday
Feb 16
Sioux Falls, IA: A fire damaged a paint room at a downtown Sioux Falls manufacturing plant. It took crews nearly an hour to contain the blaze and keep it from spreading to the main part of the plant. More information

Saturday
Feb 16
Sterling, KS: A fire destroyed at least two buildings and led to the evacuation of more than a 100 people. No injuries were reported in the fire originating in a laboratory which produces chemicals mostly used in oil fields. More information

Friday
Feb 15
Lynchburg, VA: Lynchburg Fire Departments hazardous materials team contained a vapor leak of anhydrous ammonia at a diary facility. A worker was working on pipe fittings in a large cooler when the pipes ruptured. More information

Friday
Feb 15
Sterling KS: An explosion and fire at a company which makes chemicals mostly used in oil fields destroyed two buildings and led to the evacuation of much of the downtown business area and the elementary school. No injuries were reported. More information

Friday
Feb 15
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: A CN Rail train derailed, overturning a propane tanker and forcing the evacuation of about 800 residents for 12 hours. More information

Friday
Feb 15
Tizayuca, Mexico: An explosion at a brake pad factory killed four female plant workers and left seven others injured. More information

Thursday
Feb 14
Ventura, CA: At least six people sustained minor injuries when a glass container holding chromic acid exploded at a biotechnology company. More information

Thursday
Feb 14
Baldwin, IL: Sparked fire used by workers to dislodge cement-like slag while cleaning an ash hopper, injured six contract workers. More information

Wednesday
Feb 13
Baldwin, IL: Workers using explosives to blast unburned coal ash from the wall of fuel storage areas at a Baldwin Power station apparently caused a flash fire the sent five to area hospitals. More information

Wednesday
Feb 13
Baldwin, MO: A 30-year-old worker is dead from burns he suffered in a flash fire at a power plant. Five others were injured. More information

Wednesday
Feb 13
Alpha, PA: Two men were seriously injured in an explosion which took place in the plants filling room, where workers mix gases and fill cylinders. More information

Wednesday
Feb 13
Newington, NH: A liquid propane truck carrying gas overturned, forcing a shipping company and several nearby residents to be evacuated for several hours. More information

Tuesday
Feb 12
Machida, Japan: In western Tokyo, 5 tons of acrylamide spilled at Tomei Highways Yokohama-Machida interchange when a truck tipped over near a toll gate. No one was injured. More information

Tuesday
Feb 12
Geismar, LA: An explosion and flash fire a chemical plant killed one worker. The blast occurred while several employees were cleaning out a vessel as part of routine maintenance. More information

Tuesday
Feb 12
Samut,Thailand: Seven workers were killed and more than 50 injured when a part of the ceiling of one factory collapsed February 1. Heavy steel beams and concrete debris rained down an about 100 employees in the factory. More information

Tuesday
Feb 12
Kuwait: Two workers were killed in an accident at a petro-chemicals company at an urea plant. More information

Tuesday
Feb 12
Hardeman County, TN: A small explosion and fire at an elevator plant sent one worker to the hospital with burns on his arm. More information

Tuesday
Feb 12
Baton Rouge, LA: An explosion and flash fire at a chemical plant killed one worker and severely injured another. Several employees were cleaning out a vessel, or container, as part of routine maintenance. More information

Monday
Feb 11
Chembur, India: A major fire broke out in the high chimney of a sulphur removal plant at an electric company. More information

Monday
Feb 11
Claymont, DE: A leak in a 30-year-old tank spilled up to 2,000 tons of molton sulphur, starting a four hour fire. One worker was hurt when he fell and some of the molton sulphur entered his glove. More information

Monday
Feb 11
Akron, OH: An explosion in a dust collector ignited a fire at a plant. A spark in the collector, which acts as a large vacuum, might have ignited the blaze. More information

Sunday
Feb 10
Marao, Goa: A tanker carrying 9 tons of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) overturned on the highway and was ignored by police for 11 hours. Though police were informed about the incident immediately, they did not inform the fire and emergency services till next morning. More information

Saturday
Feb 09
Onagawa, Japan: Two workers were exposed to a small amount of radiation and suffered minor burns when a fire broke out at a nuclear power plant. More information

Friday
Feb 08
Coffeyville, KS: A mid-sized storage tank on the west side of a refinery complex exploded and burned. No injuries were reported by plant officials. More information

Friday
Feb 08
Pontotoc, MS: A man died after a nearly six-hour effort to pull him from a soybean-filled silo. The man was working inside a silo about two-thirds full of soybeans when he fell. More information

Friday
Feb 08
Baltimore, MD: Hazardous chemicals at a manufacturing plant caught fire and caused minor damage-the second time since July that chemicals at the facility have caught fire. More information

Friday
Feb 08
Sydney, Australia: A large quantity of agricultural pesticide - Electra 225 - spilled at a commercial facility after a forklift punctured a drum. The chemical washed down into storm-water drains. More information

Thursday
Feb 07
Bayswater, Australia: A fire caused multiple explosions and badly damaged a fertilizer factory. More information

Thursday
Feb 07
Kuwait: A refinery temporarily shut down (the smallest of Kuwaits three main oil refineries) after a gas leak and fire. More information

Wednesday
Feb 06
Guam Power Authority, Guam: An explosion inside a unit at the power plant caused a fire and extensive damage. More information

Tuesday
Feb 05
Ocala, IL: Two employees were injured when a steam line running to one of the plants vulcanizers exploded, scalding one maintenance worker across his back and causing hearing loss for another. More information

Tuesday
Feb 05
Richland County, SC: Columbia fire officials prepared for the worst when a blaze started at a machine gun plant. More information

Monday
Feb 04
Kansas City, MO: Three workers suffered chemical and thermal burns Monday when an explosion rocked a chemical-testing plant. More information

Monday
Feb 04
Kansas City, MO: Three workers suffered chemical and thermal burns when an explosion rocked a chemical-testing plant. More information

Monday
Feb 04
Clayton County, GA: A spontaneous chemical spill involving nitric acid that leaked from a tank in a warehouse resulted in two minor injuries and evacuation of the building. More information

Sunday
Feb 03
Jervis Bay, Australia: Seven sailors were hospitalized after being affected by a hydrogen sulphide leak on board the HMAS Melbourne. More information

Sunday
Feb 03
Boyd County, KY: A chemical spill on Interstate I-64 occurred when a tractor trailer lost control and spilled close to a hundred barrels of an acid type product. More information

Sunday
Feb 03
Dighton, MI: A metal building housing part of a natural gas processing operation exploded and burned. No one was at the plant at the of the incident. More information

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