Incident Logs


Entries for March 2000

Friday
Mar 31
Point Comfort, TX: Apolethylene unit caught fire at a plastic company, injuring two workers. More information

Monday
Mar 27
Pasadena, TX:An explosion and fire at a chemical plant killed at least one person and injured at least20 more. More information

Saturday
Mar 25
Jackson, MS:Twenty motorists on Interstate 55 were treated after being exposed to anhydrous ammoniafumes that escaped from an agricultural tank after theives left a valve open on the tank.Anhydrous ammonia is used by farmers in crop production and is an ingredient in crystalmethamphetamine. More information

Saturday
Mar 25
Canton, GA: Afuel pipe ruptured, spilling about 360 gallons of gasoline into Lake Allatoona, andprompting the evacuation of about 20 people. More information

Friday
Mar 24
Biddeford, ME:A propane tank exploded at a trash incinerator. More information

Thursday
Mar 23
Pennsville, NJ: Threemen at a pharmaceutical plant were trying to load an industrial dryer with a powderysubstance wet with solvents when the machine exploded, injuring all three. More information

Thursday
Mar 23
Lily, KY: Surlfuricand hydrochloric acid were accidentally mixed, causing two releases of chlorine gas intoan automotive plant. After the first release sent 23 workers and 2 emergency responders tothe hospital, the building was evacuated for 90 minutes. After workers were allowed backinto the building, an off-site air system took in some of the chlorine gas, producing thesecond release and sending 23 more employees to the hospital. More information

Wednesday
Mar 22
Farmington, CT: Twodrums of highly toxic trichloroethylene were found within 50 feet of a resivoirsbanks. At least one of the drums had leaked. More information

Wednesday
Mar 22
Abia State,Nigeria: Fifty people were killed during a pipeline fire that occurred whilesiphoning gasoline. More information

Wednesday
Mar 22
Kenedy, TX: Partof Highway 181 was closed after a natural gas pipeline exploded, shooting flames 90 feetinto the air. More information

Wednesday
Mar 22
HempfieldTownship, PA: An underground gas line ruptured, causing an explosion that damaged twohomes and injured three men, two critically. More information

Tuesday
Mar 21
Channelview,TX: Two men died inside a large boiler that they had been sandblasting. An exactcause of death is unknown. More information

Monday
Mar 20
Hollywood, FL:Several business were evacuated and parts of I-95 were closed when four train carsderailed and overturned, spilling thousands of gallons of hydrogen peroxide from one car,limestone from another, and a petroleum compound from a third car. More information

Sunday
Mar 19
Tanzania: Twenty-eightpeople were killed while trying to siphon gasoline from an overturned tanker truck. More information

Friday
Mar 17
Owens Crossroads,AL: An explosion at a fireworks factory left the owner in critical condition afterchemical compounds he was mixing reacted, causing a flash fire and a small explosion. Thiswas the third explosion at this factory in nine months. More information

Friday
Mar 17
Albany, KY:Afire at a plant that stores gasoline, oil, and toulene caused officials to evacuate thearea within 4,000 feet of the plant. More information

Friday
Mar 17
North Salt LakeCity, UT: A fuel delivery tanker exploded in a refinery loading dock, causing $500,000in damage. More information

Thursday
Mar 16
Corunna, Ontario,Canada: A flare went out on a stack at a refinery, releasing gases into theatmosphere. 200 employees of a call center in the community complained of nausea,sorethroats,a nd dizziness. Air quality testing showed low levels of hydrogen sulfide andother sulphur containing compounds called mercaptans. More information

Thursday
Mar 16
Bucks County, PA:Two workers were injured, one seriously, in a flash fire at a label printing plant.The fire also forced the evacuation of about 150 employees. More information

Wednesday
Mar 15
Rosepine, LA:Two men were putting diesel tanks and a gasoline air compressor on a 2000 model loggingtruck when an explosion occurred, injuring both men. More information

Tuesday
Mar 14
Lakeland, FL:A tanker truck carrying aviation fuel overturned and burned, killing the driver andclosing Highway I-4 during morning rush hour. The column of smoke could be seen for up to30 miles. More information

Tuesday
Mar 14
Hangzhou,China: Four people were killed in an explosion when they were sent to cut a steelstructure over an abandoned biogas generating pit. Their arc-welding device ignited theremaining gas in the pit, resulting in the explosion. More information

Tuesday
Mar 14
Richwood, WV:An explosion at a furniture plant killed the owner as he did welding work on a discarded55-gallon barrel. None of the other 13 workers in the plant at the time were injured. More information

Tuesday
Mar 14
Fredericton, NewBrunswick, Canada: A chemical spill at an educational science center had emergencyofficials racing to prevent an explosion, and forced the evacuation of close to 800people. More information

Tuesday
Mar 14
Rock Hill, SC:Two men were killed and two were injured in an explosion when turpentine fumes ignited asthey welded a tank outside of a paper plant. More information

Tuesday
Mar 14
Allentown, PA: Thedoor of an oven used to burn hazardous waste in a mercury recovery plant blew off andstruck a nearby worker in the head, knocking him unconscious. More information

Monday
Mar 13
Ushuaia,Argentina: An explosion in an industrial plant used to make road constructionexplosives injured at least 35 people, and set off a fire that spread to other nearbyfactories, causing a second explosion. The second explosion blew out the windows in houseswithin a 545-yard radius of the complex and injured several firefighters. More information

Sunday
Mar 12
Mexico City,Mexico: More than 150 firefighters battled 90-foot flames at a gas plant after sevengas lines, each with a 2,600-gallon capacity caught fire and sparked a series ofexplosions. More information

Sunday
Mar 12
Chonburi,Thailand: A fire at a footwear factory reduced a $2.6 million plant to rubble in justthree hours. The fire was fueled by combustible adhesives and rubber stored inside theplant. More information

Sunday
Mar 12
Lat Krabang,Thailand: The owner of a makeshift gas station was killed, and his wife andanother man were injured when an oil truck off-loading its cargo caught fire and explodedin front of his wooden house. More information

Sunday
Mar 12
Austin, TX:An 18-wheeler carrying sulfuric acid tipped over, leaking chemicals over U.S. 183. Noinjuries or evacuations were reported More information

Wednesday
Mar 01
Quebec, Canada: Three workers were killed when a giant tank of compressed air exploded while theyprepared the vehicle for safety tests. Two of the men were decapitated in the explosion ofthe 1,500 kilogram tank. More information

 
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