Incident Logs

Jun 10
Washington Township, IN - One employee was sent to the hospitalwith minor injuries after a fire at a plant that produces additives forproducts such as ink and cosmetics. Fire officials said a chemical hadbeen added to a tank that already contained a caustic material. A chemicalreaction ignited a blaze. More information

Jun 09
Whangarei, New Zealand - Firefighters spent hours cleaningup wood preservative spilled at a timber company. Officials said a dooron the tank holding flammable white spirit had given way, emptying thecontainer. More information

Jun 09
Kazakstan, Russia - Three mothballed oil wells began leakingoil into the Caspian Sea. According to local reports, the leaks are believedto have been caused by a rise in the water level of the Caspian, whichflooded the area where the wells are located. More information

Jun 08
Lake Alfred, FL - A highway was closed briefly after a tankof nitrogen was damaged by a hit and run motorist and vented its contents.Fire officials said that while the gas was harmless, firefighters fearedthe pressureized tank could rupture. The gas was used to keep moistureout of phone lines. More information

Jun 07
Ludwighafen, Germany - A stretch of the Autobahn was closedfor several hours after the driver of a truck loaded with bitumen reporteda fire in the engine compartment. Firefighters prevented the fire fromspreading to the load and there were no injuries. More information

Jun 07
Mannheim, Germany - Fire broke out in a stockroom for waxesand colors in a textile plant and spread to adjacent production areas.Several barrels and propane gas cylinders exploded. The cause of the fireis not yet known. There were no injuries. More information

Jun 06
Blacktown, Sydney, Australia - A truck driver was burned andnearby residents were evacuated after an accident refilling a liquid petroleumgas tanker. A fire brigade spokesman said the problem occurred as thedriver refilled the vehicle from an underground tank. More information

Jun 05
Nogales, Mexico - At least 4 people were killed andscores injured when a landslide damaged a natural gas line causing anexplosion. Fifteen vehicles and 20 buildings were set on fire. More information

Jun 05
Kermit, TX - Several blasts rocked an unmanned natural gascompressor station and forced the closure of 3 outgoing pipelines. Theblaze partially melted 3 buildings at the site, snapped telephone polesand gutted a truck. No homes were reported damaged or evacuated. More information

Jun 04
Kamensk-Uralsk, Russia - Two oxygen canisters explodedat a metal foundry killing 4 workers and seriously injuring 2 others.The tanks exploded when they were being loaded at the factory. A spokesman said initially 2 workers were killed but his office said fragmentsof 2 more bodies were found later in the day. The cause of the accidentis being investigated. More information

Jun 04
Brisbane, Australia - An oil refinery suffered damage aftera lightning strike ignited a fire between the floating roof and a sidewall of a crude oil tank. There were no injuries reported. More information

Jun 04
Amman, Jordan - At least 10 people were killed and18 critically injured when a loaded gasoline tanker overturned on an intersectionand burst into flames. The oil tanker was headed downhill when the brakesfailed and skidded on the steep road. The gasoline spilled onto the streetflowing under cars waiting at the traffic lights. Officials said 21 vehiclesat the traffic lights were trapped by the flames and reduced to heapsof twisted metal. More information

Jun 03
Mount Joliet, TN - A fire at a plastics factory forced theevacuation of the overnight shift and sent 3 firefighters to the hospital.The fire broke out on one of the lines at the factory. The 3 firefighterswere treated for smoke inhalation. More information

Jun 03
Serasa, Malaysia - A textile factory employee smelled gasand reported it to police who found the odor coming from a nearby chemicalfactory. The firemen cut the gate gate lock, inspected the compound andfound leaking drums of methyl mercaptan. More information

Jun 03
Rostov-on-Don, Russia - Eight people were injured, five criticallyas a result of an explosion and fire at an oil refinery. Officials saidthe explosion occurred when workers entered a reservoir to clean its interiorof gasoline. More information

Jun 03
Stevensville, MI - A fire at a factory that makes brake caliberswas fought by employees with fire extinguishers until firefighters arrived.Employees said the fire started at a 20-ton furnace when hydraulic fuelcaught fire and spread to the roof. No injuries were reported. More information

Jun 03
El Paso, TX - Three refinery employees were injured in anexplosion. The fire occurred in a crude unit when 2 furnaces explodedat an oil refinery. More information

Jun 02
Springfield, MO - Workers were unloading a truck when a tankholding sodium hydrosulphide shifted and spilled onto a street and intoa storm sewer. One worker was sent to the hospital as a precaution. More information

Jun 02
Gardner, MA - A fire that destroyed a plastics factory causedabout $600,000 in damages, investigators said. There were no injuriesreported but several nearby homes were evacuated due to the burning plasticand chemicals. The cause of the blaze is not yet known. More information

Jun 02
Tyler County, TX - A natural gas storage facility burst intoflames causing a pillar of black smoke to fill the sky. Fire officialssaid the fire erupted while a tanker truck was filling its load and fumesleaked by a storage tank at the facility. The fumes were ignited by aspark from the truck and fire spread to all 13 storage tanks at the sitecausing at least three of them to rupture. There were no injuries reported. More information

Jun 02
Farmington, NM - Fuel leaking from a 500 gallon gas tank wasignited by a welding spark at a business. Employees were welding a trailerin back of the store when the fire started a fire official said. More information

Jun 01
Changamwe, Mombasa - An explosion and fire at apetroleum refinery was suspected to have caused by leaking kerosene inone of two of tanks. A spokesman said that one employee was slightly injuredbut it was not clear if the employee was injured in the fire. More information

Jun 01
Chulym, Russia - A mixture of nitric and sulfuric acid leakedfrom a train causing the town to order the evacuation of many of its residents.There were no casualties reported. More information

May 31
Denmark - A Chinese cargo ship sank after colliding with another vessel. Before the ship sank, 2 explosions were heard which might have been caused by a chemical reaction between fertilizer on board and sea water. The 27 crew members were rescued. The cause of the accident is not known at this time. More information

May 30
Piti, Guam - Fuel oil leaked from an exposed pipe that once fed a navy power plant. The Guam Power Authority detected the spill while conducting a routine check of the pipeline. More information

May 30
Wolverhampton, UK - A road was closed for more than 4 hours after a drum containing acetic acid fell off a truck, split and started leaking. People living in 2 nearby homes were evacuated. A spokesman said the incident happened when the truck driver was forced to brake sharply to avoid a car. More information

May 30
Indianapolis, IN - A fire that started when workers were welding steel to support a heating and cooling system was brought under control 40 minutes after it started. The workers told firefighters the fire started when debris was ignited during the welding and spread to roofing insulation. More information

May 30
Pennsdale, PA - Three people were injured in an explosion at a manufacturing plant. The explosion caused a fire that resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to the plant The cause is not yet known. More information

May 30
Muscatine, IA - A spokesman said high winds and coal dust may have been responsible for a fire at a coal burning plant. No one working at the plant was injured, but a firefighter received minor injuries. More information

May 29
Orlando, FL - Twenty-four people were evacuated from a business after noxious fumes resulted when an employee mixed an acid with a base that could be dangerous. More information

May 29
Salt Lake City, UT - An ammonia leak at an ice cream plant caused a vapor cloud that killed fish in retention ponds and went unreported for hours as workers tried to control it themselves. The leak resulted when a piece of equipment malfunctioned and a line was severed. More information

May 29
Hollister, CA - A small paper fire broke out at a facility and was quickly brought under control by employees, fire officials said. There were no injuries and the cause of the blaze is not clear. More information

May 28
Deerfield Beach, FL - Ten workers were sent to the hospital after fumes from a thinner used to clean concrete floors forced the evacuation of the building. The incident occurred when workers applying thinner to the floor began complaining of problems breathing and vomiting. More information

May 27
Delaware City, DE - A workplace accident released a small chlorine gas cloud at a chemical plant. The leak was estimated to have lasted 6 minutes. The chemical may have escaped from an open valve during maintenance work, a spokesman said. More information

May 26
Chechnya, Russia - A natural gas pipeline explosion forced independent producer to halt deliveries. A plant spokesman said repairs would take at least 4 days. More information

May 25
Miami, FL - Four people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion and fire in the boiler room of a docked cruise ship. The cruise ship had passed federal inspection 10 days earlier. More information

May 23
Fire crews responded to a tank fire which was holding about 4 feet of asphalt. Crews used steam to put out the fire because water makes the asphalt expand which could have caused more damage. The cause of the blaze is unknown. More information

May 23
Bellville, South Africa - A large fire at a chemical storage facility burned for 5 hours before being brought under control. A spokesman said the fire was confined to a store for hazardous and flammable substances and had not spread to the rest of the facility. More information

May 22
Sala, Sweden - Two people were killed and 3 injured when a military gasoline depot exploded. Authorities said the cause of the blast is not certain, but the building may have been hit by lightning. More information

May 22
New Delhi, India - Sources reported that a major fire broke out in 3 chemical factories. More information

May 21
Hebei province, China - Six people were killed and 15 injured in an explosion at a chemical plant. The explosion occurred when a reaction tower exploded and collapsed, triggering a blaze in a nearby warehouse. More information

May 21
Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Thirteen people were injured in a fire at a garment factory after the four-story building they were working in collapsed. Authorities said most of the workers had left the factory when an explosion caused by a power surge started the fire and destroyed the factory and 5 homes. More information

May 20
Northern Kedah state, Malaysia - Fifty-five student and staff of three schools were given medical treatment after being exposed to an anhydrous ammonia leak from a nearby fertilizer plant. More information

May 20
Erlanger, KY - One worker was injured in an explosion at a candy factory. According to reports, the worker was in a plant silo room where candy ingredients are stored when the explosion occurred. Officials said the silo contained maltodextrin which is highly combustible. More information

May 19
Bangkok, Thailand - A large amount of formalin leaked from a truck transporting it along a crowded street. The truck was finally stopped by police who spotted the leakage. The spill was contained and cleaned up and there were no reports of injuries. More information

May 19
Claycomo, MT - About 500 gallons of gasoline spilled onto the floor of an automotive plant after a float in a gasoline holding tank malfunctioned. Hazmat crews were called in to help with the cleanup. No injuries were reported. More information

May 19
Rourkela, India - One person died and two sustained severe burns when a mixture of hot metal and slag splashed out while being poured into a converter of a steel plant. More information

May 18
Kola Peninsula, Russia - An automatic safety valve system shut down a nuclear reactor at a power plant but there was no radiation leak. Unofficial sources said the shutdown occurred after an unexpected frequency shift in the grid. More information

May 18
Wilmington, CA - A small fire in an alkylation unit heater at a refinery was quickly extinguished and there was no release of hazardous chemicals and no injuries were reported. Officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation. More information

May 18
Two plant employees were injured in a fire at a food plant. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke but were able to locate the fire. According to officials, the cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to have been caused by welding work done the day before. More information

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