Incident Logs


Entries for July 2003

Thursday
Jul 31
Bhadravathi, India: 7 died and 9 injured when a malfunction in a furnace caused an explosion in a steel plant oxygen converter. The dead included 2 members of senior management. More information

Wednesday
Jul 30
Phoenix, AZ: A pipeline bringing gasoline from Texas ruptured between Phoenix and Tucson, spilling 12,000 gallons of fuel. Continuing pipeline problems would resulted in shortages in August. More information

Wednesday
Jul 30
New York, NY: 3 power plant workers were overcome by fumes from a chemical spill. More information

Wednesday
Jul 30
Wuxi City, China: A lightning strike is being blamed for a factory explosion that killed 4 and injured 4 others. Equipment was being cleaned with gasoline at the time of the blast. More information

Wednesday
Jul 30
Fitchburg, MA: A fire fueled by 7,000 wooden pallets at a pallet factory required more than 1 million gallons of water to extinguish. More information

Wednesday
Jul 30
Hoo Marina, U.K.: 2 workers received severe burns in a fire at an acid plant. The fire led to a hydrochloric acid spill. More information

Tuesday
Jul 29
Barisal, Bangladesh: A gas cylinder exploded at an ice factory, killing 1 person and injuring 70 others. Flames ensued after the blast took the roof off the factory. Toxic fumes hampered rescue operations. More information

Tuesday
Jul 29
Xinji City, China: 29 workers died and more than 100 were injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory. More information

Tuesday
Jul 29
Rochester, MA: Fire brought down a roof at an incinerator plant. More information

Tuesday
Jul 29
Boise, ID: A worker at a microchip plant was deconned after exposure to ammonia hydroxide. More information

Tuesday
Jul 29
Chandler, AZ: 3 workers were overcome by chlorine gas after a manufacturing process for etching semiconductors went out of balance. More information

Monday
Jul 28
Midhurst, Ontario: Nearly 500 residents were evacuated after a blaze producing fireballs and thick smoke broke out at an environmental services company. More information

Sunday
Jul 27
Newington, NH: Heavy smoke damage was reported after fire broke out in a grinding rooms air filtering system at a refrigeration manufacturing plant. More information

Sunday
Jul 27
Cadiz, OH: Lightning is blamed for a propane tank fire at an appliance manufacturing plant. Firefighters closed a valve, choking off the fuel. More information

Sunday
Jul 27
St. Louis, MO: Responder shut down traffic near a dairy after a strong odor of ammonia was detected. A valve on the roof of the building had been accidently left open. More information

Saturday
Jul 26
Dallas, TX: Fire resulted from a series of explosions that rocked a metal plant. More information

Friday
Jul 25
St. Paul, MN: Fire spread through the insulation under the roof of an ethanol plant. More information

Thursday
Jul 24
New Johnsonville, TN: 3 units of a 10-unit coal-fired power plant were damaged in a two-hour fire. The fire, which started in a generator, spread by ignited lubricating oil and burning cable insulation. More information

Wednesday
Jul 23
Carson, CA: An explosion in a three-story steam boiler shut down most of the production at an oil refinery. More information

Wednesday
Jul 23
Roanoke, VA: A fire that broke out in a giant oven at a furniture factory did little harm compared to the fire fighting water damage from trying to put it out. More information

Wednesday
Jul 23
New Castle, PA: Separate fires reported within a half hour period gutted a candy factory and damaged a lumber yard. More information

Tuesday
Jul 22
Latonia, KY: A shelter order was issued during a 6-hour fire at a building supply plant. Officials were concerned about the effect of burning styrofoam on air quality. More information

Tuesday
Jul 22
Blythewood, SC: 7 workers at a pharmaceutical packaging plant were injured in an explosion when dust from ground plastics ignited. More information

Tuesday
Jul 22
Ussurisk, Russia: 1 worker died and 2 others were seriously injured when an ammonia tank at a meat processing plant overheated and exploded. A toxic cloud from the blast spread through the facility. More information

Monday
Jul 21
Ponca City, OK: 1 of 3 workers injured in an explosion and fire in a oil refinerys gasoline processing unit later died. More information

Monday
Jul 21
Cantley, UK: 1 worker received a serious head injury in an dust explosion at a sugar beet factory. More information

Monday
Jul 21
Houston, TX: Firefighters were called to a refinery after a power outage forced larger than usual flaring. Fire hoses were used for cooling some equipment until power returned. More information

Monday
Jul 21
Weirton, WV: Fire broke out at a steel mill in an exhaust system for an area where steel is cleaned with acid. More information

Monday
Jul 21
Gaylord, MN: 4 people including a former employee were charged with arson in a multi-million dollar fire at a door factory. More information

Sunday
Jul 20
Monroe, N.C.: Fire broke out on the roof of a plant specializing in PVC pipe, requiring evacuation. Roofing work had been done earlier in the day. More information

Sunday
Jul 20
Baton Rouge, LA: 8 workers were hospitalized after a chlorine release at a chemical plant. On July 29, another worker was overcome by chlorine. More information

Saturday
Jul 19
The Geysers, CA: 1 worker died when a metal tank at an oil well site ruptured and exploded, hitting him with flying pieces. More information

Saturday
Jul 19
Lawrence, KS: Fire erupted at a chemical plant specializing in lubricants used in motor oil. Pyrophoric materials were involved. More information

Saturday
Jul 19
Elgin, IL: 2 firefighters were injured while fighting a large fire at a chemical plant. More information

Saturday
Jul 19
Leicestershire, U.K.: Sprinkler systems help confine a fire at a automobile plant in a parts distribution warehouse. More information

Friday
Jul 18
Muncie IN: A worker died after falling into a vat of sodium cyanide at a metal plating plant. The worker was attempting to place zinc balls into tubes in the vat when he lost his balance. More information

Thursday
Jul 17
Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: Fearing further violence by angry protestors, management shut down production at an 80,000 barrel a day oil refinery. More information

Thursday
Jul 17
Porterville, CA: Fire destroyed a fruit processing plant and triggered a power outage affecting more than 1,000 customers. More information

Thursday
Jul 17
Cumbria, U.K.: Burning fuel oil hampered fire operations at an animal feed factory. More information

Wednesday
Jul 16
Valencia, Venezuela: 2 oil refinery workers died from asphyxiation and 2 others were injured. A valve on an alkylation plant ruptured, releasing highly toxic gas. More information

Wednesday
Jul 16
Bristol, NH: Damage was limited from a flash fire involving solvents inside a processing machine at a car parts plant, thanks largely to the sprinkler system. More information

Wednesday
Jul 16
Osaka, Japan: 8 workers were injured in a series of explosions at a chemical plant. More information

Wednesday
Jul 16
Gantt, AL: Lightning struck a transformer, temporarily shutting down a power plant. More information

Tuesday
Jul 15
Glowno, Poland: A waste treatment plant worker released 158 gallons of toxic waste in order to retrieve a lost wallet. The results included a major fish kill. More information

Monday
Jul 14
Ciudad, Guayana: An explosion at an iron plant left 1 dead and 7 injured. More information

Sunday
Jul 13
Jiangshan City, China: A collision involving a truck loaded with coal and a train carrying methanol resulted in explosion and fire. More information

Sunday
Jul 13
Worcester, U.K.: 4 tons of wooden pallets and a tractor-trailer rig burned in a factory fire. More information

Saturday
Jul 12
Waurn Ponds, Australia: An explosion at a cement plant seriously injured 2 workers who were attempting to clear a pre-heater blockage. A burst of hot gas got beneath the workers protective clothing, causing severe burns. More information

Friday
Jul 11
Moss Landing, CA: A cutting torch was in use when flames spread across the floating roof of a power plant storage tank containing 1.2 million gallons of oil. More information

Friday
Jul 11
Chalmette, LA: Lightning triggered the shutdown of a sulfur recovery unit at a chemical refinery. Sulfur fumes drifted into nearby neighborhoods. More information

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