Incident Logs



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Friday
May 09
Portland, OR - Firefighters shut down a metal plating business after a routine inspection found barrels filled with sodium cyanide and hydrochloric acid in various exposed conditions. Inspectors said the company had been storing toxic liquids and powders in corroded barrels. More information

Thursday
May 08
Grand Forks, SD - Three workers were injured after hot sugar juice spilled from a ruptured expansion joint at a sugar factory. More information

Wednesday
May 07
Reventador river, Ecuador - A pipeline damaged by a landslide caused 5,600 barrels of crude oil to be dumped into a river. Officials said repairs would take approximately 6 days. More information

Monday
May 05
Elsdorf, Germany - One person was injured at an aggregate company when a grenade exploded in a rock crushing machine. It is thought that the grenade was in excavated material dumped at the site many years ago. More information

Saturday
May 03
Stockton, UT - Nerve-agent disposol operations were shut down after a detection alarm sounded at a chemical agent disposal facility. No danger was reported. More information

Friday
May 02
Azumamura, Japan - Several thousand liters of hydrochloric acid spilled onto a highway after a tanker truck crashed into a parked truck. The driver of the tanker truck was injured. More information

Thursday
May 01
Turnu Magurele, Romania - Ammonia fumes from a fertilizer plant affected residents of Nikopol. Officials said the plant had suspended operations. More information

Tuesday
Apr 29
Kings Mountain, NC - Employees were evacuated after a chemical reaction occurred inside the plant. The incident was caused by a chemical spilling on the mixing room floor. No injuries were reported. More information

Sunday
Apr 27
Adelaide, Australia - Fire crews were called to a plant after tarpaulins covering large quantities of chemicals caught fire in an open storage area of the factory. More information

Saturday
Apr 26
Falcon State, Venezuela - A gas oil processing plant was shut down after a fire broke out in one of four hydrosulphurization units. The fire was extinguished by employees. More information

Saturday
Apr 26
Pittsburgh, PA - A fire that destroyed a wood column manufacturing business caused the evacuation of about 20 residents, police said. The fire spread from the building and destroyed 3 nearby homes. The cause of the fire is not yet known. More information

Saturday
Apr 26
Nikiski, AK - A worker was burned while doing electrical maintenance work at a refinery. Dust from the procedure flashed when it came into contact with a nearby switch that still had electricity going to it. More information

Tuesday
Apr 22
Houston, TX - A bridge over the San Jacinto River was closed for about 6 hours after a truck carrying glacial methacrylic acid caught fire when its brakes locked up. Liquid spilled from 3 drums damaged in the fire. More information

Sunday
Apr 20
Wynyard, Tasmania - A gas leak at a milk company forced the evacuations of staff and nearby residents. Police said a crack in a steel tank holding hydrochloric acid caused the leak. More information

Saturday
Apr 19
Cambridge, MD - More than 200 firefighters fought a 10-alarm fire at 3 warehouses that caused at least $2 million in damage. No injuries were reported. More information

Saturday
Apr 19
Martigues, France - Heavy fuel oil accidentally spilled into an oil port due to a malfunction during the filling of a tanker. According to reports the incident occurred because of a valve failure in a catchment basin. More information

Thursday
Apr 17
Dundee, Scotland - A toxic chemical spill created a cloud of chlorine gas when a shelf collapsed as workers were moving jars of acid. Workers were evacuated but no injuries were reported. More information

Monday
Apr 14
Sarnia, Ontario - A power cut caused flaring and releases at 6 petrochemical companies. The cause of the power cut was due to a broken insulator on a high-voltage transmission line. More information

Sunday
Apr 13
Gretzenbach, Switzerland - A large explosion occurred in a paper mill causing heavy damage but no injuries. The explosion occurred on the east side of the plant and caused a small fire. Parts of the front wall of the building were thrown several yards. More information

Thursday
Apr 10
Port Dickson, Malaysia - About 15 gas cylinders stored in a fenced-up yard exploded due to hot weather, a spokesman said. No casualties were reported. More information

Wednesday
Apr 09
Gila River Indian Community, AZ - Three workers were burned in a flash fire at a company the makes explosive devices for military and commercial aerospace customers. The 3 were the only employees present when the propellant burst into flames in the companys powder processing building. More information

Tuesday
Apr 08
Dieulouard, France - An explosion occurred in a propane pipeline at a concrete factory. There were no injuries and damage was minor. More information

Tuesday
Apr 08
Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan - A fire began at a hot springs drilling site when a worker set off a natural gas explosion by lighting a cigarette. The gas fire burned for 15 hours until it was extinguished by pouring sand over the site. Three workers were injured. More information

Monday
Apr 07
Toronto, Canada - A fire broke out in a mixing vessel, burning one employee who was taken to the hospital for treatment. The fire, which may have been caused by static electricity, was extinguished by firefighting chemicals. More information

Saturday
Apr 05
Red Wing, MN - A train carrying methanol derailed just outside of downtown Red Wing causing a shutdown of the track. Twenty-nine of the 81 cars went off the track. Three of the derailed cars were tankers carrying methanol, but only a small amount spilled. More information

Friday
Apr 04
Norwich, CT - An electrical short that occurred when a maintenance worker tried to change a circuit breaker caused an explosion that seriously burned the man. The Fire Marshal said the victim tried to change a breaker and inadvertently crossed positive and negative wires. More information

Wednesday
Apr 02
Neuendorf, Germany - A truck carrying insecticide ran off the road and hit a bridge pillar, catching fire. The resulting smoke contained hydrogen cyanide ammonia and hydrochloric acid, but police said it posed no threat to nearby residents. More information

Sunday
Mar 30
Cataguazes, Brazil - A reservoir used to store chemical residues at the site of a defunct paper and pulp company burst, dumping large amounts of caustic soda into 2 rivers. More information

Friday
Mar 28
Porbandar, Rajkot, India - About 42 people were hospitalized following an anhydrous ammonia leak at an ice factory. More information

Tuesday
Mar 25
Orangeburg, SC - A blast at a pharmaceutical plant was felt several miles away but resulted in no serious injuries and no chemical release. The plant manager said the blast occurred from an unexpected pressure increase in a glass-lined vessel. He said the pressure relief was not adequate, causing the explosion. More information

Tuesday
Mar 25
Salt Lake City, UT - Two workers were burned in a flash fire at a copper smelter plant while repairing ducts. A spokesman said the grinder they used for repair hit oxygen in the ducting causing the explosion. More information

Saturday
Mar 22
Leghorn, Italy - An explosion aboard a tanker carrying methanol injured 9 people. Authorities said the explosion was set off when the ship bumped up against the dock while being towed after a small fire broke out. More information

Friday
Mar 21
Elk Grove Village, IL - Several people were treated for ammonia or chlorine inhalation following a chemical spill at a factory that manufactures circuit boards. More information

Thursday
Mar 20
Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia - Oil and gas leaks occurred at gas platforms in the South China Sea. An initial finding indicated that the source was a pipeline leak. More information

Wednesday
Mar 19
Rotterdam, Netherlands - A Norwegian chemical tanker spilled crude benzene after a leak during loading from a ship to shore tank. The leak was contained in an area around the rank and covered with foam. More information

Tuesday
Mar 18
Hamilton, New Zealand - An emergency clean-up was declared when a large amount of potentially dangerous chemicals were found at the back of an old factory. The chemicals, sodium cyanide and chromic acid, were stored in drums, but the plastic containers had started to deteriorate and the toxic liquid was seeping into the ground. More information

Monday
Mar 17
Beavertown, PA - A fire broke out in a dust collection building of a wood factory but was quickly extinguished before it could spread to the main building. More information

Monday
Mar 17
OFallon, IL - A dozen workers at a dairy facility were evacuated after an ammonia leak was discovered in equipment used to make ice cream. Officials said a malfunctioning valve caused the leak. More information

Monday
Mar 17
Durban, South Africa - Seven workers were admitted to the hospital and nearly 2,000 were sent home after they were overcome by pesticide fumes used in the fumigation of a factory over the weekend. More information

Sunday
Mar 16
Port Kembla, Australia - A steelworks after an overhead coal trolley was ignited by a gas flare. Only minor injuries were reported during the power outage which triggered an automatic burn-off of excess gas near a coking oven. More information

Saturday
Mar 15
Blendon Township, MI - A fire ripped through a steel plant destroying the building and its contents after dust in a machine sparked flames. More information

Saturday
Mar 15
Gloucestershire, UK - Fire broke out in a warehouse at a chemical factory that processes bitumen to make road surfaces. More information

Saturday
Mar 15
West Deptford, NJ - A fire seriously damaged a chemical plant, sending four firefighters to the hospital. The fire was brought under control 6 hours later, but firefighters were forced to return when it rekindled. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. More information

Friday
Mar 14
Swanton, OH - A fire at an auto parts company that may have started from fumes caused an estimated $200,000, officials said. Employees had been working on a fuel pump in the shop while another worker was welding when the fire broke out. More information

Friday
Mar 14
Bethlehem Township, PA - An intense fire fueled by highly combustible rolls of carpet engulfed an attached warehouse of a flooring business. More information

Friday
Mar 14
Newton, NJ - A truck loaded with propane exploded at an energy company sparking a massive fire and evacuation of about 100 residents. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known. More information

Thursday
Mar 13
Elkhart, IN - An early morning fire did little damage to a factory by destroyed some of the products made there. Officials said the factorys sprinkler system contained the fire. More information

Thursday
Mar 13
Philippines - Fire destroyed a 308 ton cargo ship. Fire department hoses could not reach the ship. Officials said the fire started in the ships engine room. There were no injuries. More information

Tuesday
Mar 11
Rockford, IL - Firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical company for 9 hours after a fire started on a machine inside the east portion of the company. More information

Tuesday
Mar 11
Aurora, NC - A sulfuric acid leak sent 9 workers to the hospital for treatment. Officials dont yet know what caused the leak. More information

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