Incident Logs

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Feb 13
Catlettsburg, KY - A piece of malfunctioning equipment sent a cloud of what appeared to be smoke spewing into the air from a petroleum facility. Plant officials said the clouds chemical makeup will not pose a serious health risk to residents. More information

Feb 12
La Couture Boussey, France - A fire destroyed a clarinet factory and caused at least $1.8 million in damages. A spokesman for the company said the cause of the fire was not known. More information

Feb 11
Slocomb, AL - Fire erupted at a farm-supply store housing dangerous chemicals, prompting the evacuation of the entire town. No injuries were reported. More information

Feb 11
Silver Bay, MN - The main natural gas line serving Silver Bay ruptured and exploded and caused the closure of Hiway 61 between Beaver Bay and Silver Bay. More information

Feb 11
Szombathely, Hungary - Fourteen people were injured (2 seriously) in a blast at a small factory producing car parts. The cause of the blast is not yet known. More information

Feb 11
Dallas, TX - A 4-alarm fire at a dairy plant sent plumes of smoke billowing from the plant and caused a large hole in the roof. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time. More information

Feb 11
Benson, NC - A circuit breaker box flashover at a plant injured a worker. More information

Feb 11
Port Stanvac, Australia - A fire at a refinery was contained by staff trained in firefighting. A fire service spokesman said the fire started in the heavy oil section of the plant. The fire is believed to have been caused by malfunctioning equipment which dripped a petroleum product onto hot pipes. More information

Feb 09
Tamaroa, IL - A freight train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in the middle of town and forced the evacuation of at least 500 people. The train was carrying vinyl chloride, formaldehyde and hydrochloric acid. There were no injuries reported. More information

Feb 08
Rome, Italy - A fire broke out in a meat processing plant and almost destroyed the entire factory. More information

Feb 07
Morrisville, NC - A chemical spill forced the evacuations of employees at a Morrisville plant. The spill was contained by HazMat crews and no injuries were reported. More information

Feb 06
New Braunfels, TX - Fire destroyed a solvent plant and forced the evacuation of nearby homes. The cause was believed to be arson, officials said. More information

Feb 06
Cranston, RI - A chemical plant worker tried to clear a pipe by banging on it with a hammer and set off an explosion and fire that injured 12, one critically. More information

Feb 05
Perryman, MD - Several employees of a bleach manufacturing plant were treated for breathing difficulties after coming in contact with fumes from an unidentified type of fertilizer. More information

Feb 03
Marsh Mills, UK - A man was critically injured following an explosion in a storage containment tank. More information

Feb 02
Chico, CA - A propane tanker truck exploded and burned several cars, damaged nearby buildings and caused the evacuations of almost 500 people. There were no injuries. More information

Feb 01
Spartanburg, SC - Fire broke out at a chemical mixing area at a plant but was quickly brought under control. More information

Jan 30
Norco, LA - A fire in a coker unit at a refinery shut down more than half the plant and caused minor injuries to 2 workers. The blaze started in a fractioner, a piece of equipment in the coker. The cause of the fire is not yet known. More information

Jan 29
Green River, WY - A man was burned in a methanol flash fire while working on a well site. More information

Jan 29
Marshville, NC - A mans arm was caught and crushed in equipment at a plant that recycles snack food into animal feed.. A spokesman said the accident came from a misunderstanding fueled by the workers newness to the job and language barriers. More information

Jan 25
Johannesburg, South Africa - A major chemical explosion damaged 200 homes and several industrial plants in the area will probably have to be demolished. The explosion was caused by a fire which ignited chemicals kept at a fiberglass factory. More information

Jan 20
Athens, Greece - A major fire broke out in the storage yard of the Kardasilaris dried fruit and nuts factory and spread to the buildings. The buildings were destroyed but there were no injuries. More information

Jan 14
Deer Island, MA - Two workers were injured when a pocket of methane gas exploded in an building at a waste water treatment plant. The explosion occurred as they were cleaning pipes. More information

Jan 13
Garyville, La - Fire broke out at a gasoline refinery but was out within 4 hours and no one was hurt. A spokesman said that the cause of the fire unknown. The fire broke out in the crude oil unit, the spokesman said. More information

Jan 07
Menasha, WI - An employee suffered minor injuries when static electricity ignited vapors and caused a flash fire at a chemical plant. An official said that a static electricity spark occurred while the employee was adding a bag of polymide to a solution of heptane and alcohol used to make ink. More information

Jan 07
Fletcher, NC - About 200 employees were evacuated after a fire broke out in a plants dust collecting system. There were no injuries and firefighters worked inside the plant to extinguish the fire. A fire department spokesman said the fire was contained to a hopper used to collect metal shavings. Water could not be used on the fire because it would react with the metal. More information

Jan 06
La Hague, France - A level-1 incident occurred at a nuclear waste vitrification plant. The incident was due to an excess volume of acid in a gas treatment unit. A leak of slightly radioactive liquid was contained. More information

Jan 05
Durban, South Africa - five people were taken to hospital after a gas leak at a pesticides factory. More information

Jan 05
Douglass, GA - Fire officials have yet to determine the cause of a blaze that severely damaged a warehouse used for storing fireplaces. Acetylene, propane and other chemicals stored in the warehouse fueled at least 4 explosions as the fire burned. There were no injuries reported. More information

Jan 04
West Midlands, UK - More than 50 firefighters fought a severe blaze after a rubber mixing machine burst into flames. The blaze also caused 500 liters of machine oil to leak. No one was hurt, but parts of the factory were evacuated and production of rubber was affected. More information

Jan 04
Springdale, AZ - A firefighter was injured while responding to a blaze at a processing plant after plastic materials caught fire in a smokestack, a fire official said. It was not clear how much damage the fire caused. The plant converts wood and plastic into a product that can be used as a wood substitute. More information

Jan 02
Gnadenhutten, OH - Four employees escaped when an explosion destroyed half of a large building housing a plastics plant. More information

Jan 01
Herzliya, Israel - One person was seriously injured in an explosion that occurred at a plant when pressurized oxygen leaked. The cause of the leak was not clear. More information

Dec 30
Grand Island, NB - A man was listed in critical condition after falling into a tank filled with cleaning liquid. The tank contained potassium hydroxide and the victim suffered burns over most of his body. More information

Dec 29
Dipperz, Germany - A fire in a wood working company destroyed a building and heavily damaged a silo. More information

Dec 28
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia - Fire broke out in the unprocessed water acid reservoir of a refinery. There were no casualties reported and the fire did not affect the production process of the refinery. More information

Dec 27
San Fernando Valley, CA - Two workers suffered burns when a fire broke out at an oil well site. The fire department said that the victims were chilling natural gas with a manifold which is a part of the wells normal operations, when a ball of flame engulfed them. More information

Dec 26
Alton, IL - One man was injured in an explosion at an ordnance. Spokesmen said the worker was mixing explosives when the explosion occurred. More information

Dec 25
Port of Vostochny, Russia - A large fire broke out aboard a factory ship in the northern part of Kozimo Bay. The fire spread to the upper deck and a container with 40 tons of paint and corrugated packaging. Firemen kept the blaze from spreading to the fish processing room, engine and boiler compartment. More information

Dec 25
Bend OR - Workers at a medical building were evacuated after xylene spilled into a drainage system and caused a sump pump to malfunction. More information

Dec 23
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Four people died and one was injured after inhaling poisonous gas inside a septic tank they were cleaning. More information

Dec 22
Altona, Australia - Staff were evacuated after a holding tank exploded. The tank contained sludge, water and hydrocarbon. A spokesman said cause of the blast was being investigated. More information

Dec 21
Aurora, CO - Fire broke out in a convenience store warehouse and was fuelled by potato chips, wood pallets and plastic packaging. The facility and its inventory were destroyed. More information

Dec 20
Sadasivpet, India - Five persons were killed and four injured in an explosion in a chemical plant. According to police, the explosion was triggered bu a chemical reaction inside a boiler and destroyed a portion of a chemical plant which manufactures omofozole, used in the manufacture of anti-ulcer tablets. More information

Dec 20
Algeciras, Spain - A Danish-flagged container ship spilled 1,000 tons of fuel oil in Algeciras bay during a refueling operation. More information

Dec 18
Sorgues, France - Two workers were seriously injured in an explosion at an explosives plant. The explosion occurred during the small-scale production of hexanitrostibene, an explosive mostly used in oil exploration. More information

Dec 18
Manchester, UK - Roads were closed after a truck carrying potentially explosive acetylene containers caught fire. It is not clear how the fire on the truck started. More information

Dec 17
Haifa, Israel - Two people were injured when fire broke out at a petrochemical plant next to an oil refinery. Officials said that a technical fault led to the fire. More information

Dec 17
Cornwall, UK - A village had to be sealed off after a ton of propane gas was released after a valve failed on a tanker. The tanker had been filling up with gas when the valve failed. The valve was soon fixed and the propane was dissipated naturally into the air. More information

Dec 16
Poland Township, OH - Fire destroyed a pool and spa supply business. The local fire chief said crews had difficulty fighting the fire which was fed by chlorine, bromine and other chemical used for swimming pools, stored inside the building. No injuries were reported. More information

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