Incident Logs


Tuesday
Feb 23
Whiting, IN: About 51,000 pounds of light coker gas oil sprayed from a refinery, prompting the owners to hand out free car-wash vouchers to people whose vehicles were splattered. More information

Tuesday
Feb 23
Manteca, CA: Firefighters dealt with a 20-foot-wide nitric acid spill that closed a busy street. No evidence of who spilled the acid was found. More information

Monday
Feb 22
Talladega, AL: One worker was killed and a customer later died from injuries suffered in an explosion at a bottled propane company. Leaking gas was detected only moments before the blast. More information

Monday
Feb 22
North Island, New Zealand: A transformer explosion and fire idled a 250-megawatt unit of a thermal power station without warning. No workers were injured in the blast. More information

Saturday
Feb 20
Allentown, PA: Five workers were killed in an explosion that leveled a chemical processing plant. The blast unleashed a vapor cloud that drifted over nearby residential areas. More information

Saturday
Feb 20
Gdansk, Poland: Eleven shipyard workers were injured in an explosion aboard a tanker that was under repair. Two of the injured workers were hospitalized in serious condition. More information

Saturday
Feb 20
Bridgeville, DE: Six workers were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes at a packaging plant. All were treated and released. More information

Friday
Feb 19
Saint Hubert, Quebec: A construction site was demolished when a propane tank in the new buildings basement exploded. The tank was being filled at the time of the blast. More information

Friday
Feb 19
Neptune, N.J.: Construction workers putting in a new sewer line struck a gas line, causing an explosion that sent flames soaring 50 feet into the air. More information

Friday
Feb 19
Teeside, U.K.: Via a storm drain, hydrochloric acid leaked from a factory into a marsh that was recently granted environmentally protected status. Officials are closely monitoring acidity levels in the water. More information

Friday
Feb 19
Torrington, CN: A tanker truck rollover spilled 1,900 gallons of heating oil, some of it reaching the Naugatuck River. Firefighters managed to contain much of the oil before it reached the water. More information

Friday
Feb 19
Sussex County, DE: Gas detectors at a local plant located a carbon dioxide leak. Responders found two casualties, one unconscious and the other having seizures. More information

Friday
Feb 19
Perth, Australia: Teenage employees using a cigarette lighter to ignite the stream of paint from a spray device are blamed for a furniture factory fire that caused more than $1 million in damage. More information

Friday
Feb 19
Thessaloniki, Greece: One worker was seriously injured in a fire at a petroleum refinery. The flames were quickly extinguished before they could spread to nearly storage tanks. More information

Thursday
Feb 18
Santa Clarita, CA: A worker at a factory that manufactures small charges used in automobile airbags was killed instantly in a chemical explosion. He was transferring cans of zirconium potassium perchlorate when one fell, detonating itself and other nearby containers. More information

Thursday
Feb 18
Frankfurt, Germany: Nearly 40 workers at a chemical plant suffered minor injuries when almost two tons of mixed chemicals which included propin acid ethyl ester spilled. Most of the workers were treated for eye irritation on site. More information

Thursday
Feb 18
Clymers, IN: A rail car carrying toluene diisocyanate exploded just outside a cement plant, prompting an evacuation of the surrounding town for a three-mile radius. Firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading to other rail cars and storage tanks. More information

Wednesday
Feb 17
Kansas City, KS: An 11-story boiler building at a municipal power plant exploded and collapsed. Only one employee was slightly injured. Six days later a five broke out in a coal dust collector in one of the damaged buildings. More information

Wednesday
Feb 17
Pawtucket, R.I.: A dumpster fire spread to the loading dock of a local factory but was quickly contained by firefighters. The dumpster fire was one of three reported in the neighborhood that evening. More information

Wednesday
Feb 17
Waco, TX: A large tire on a piece of heavy earth-moving equipment exploded with sufficient force to sever the arm of a nearby worker. The worker also suffered severe chest injuries. More information

Wednesday
Feb 17
Droitwich, U.K.: Authorities faced a major clean-up when a truck carrying more than 4,000 gallons of methylene phosphoric acid overturned. Only a small amount of the acid, sealed in drums, escaped, but traffic along a major motorway was shut down for nearly four hours. More information

Wednesday
Feb 17
London, U.K.: Production ceased at a chemical printing plant when a blaze broke out in a mixing vat. More information

Wednesday
Feb 17
Thame, U.K.: Fire authorities suspect arson in a five-hour factory fire. The fire spread from an outdoor waste bin. Firefighters were concerned about the fire reaching explosive gases stored at the plant. More information

Tuesday
Feb 16
Hornby, New Zealand: Fire broke out in a sulfur melting pit at a fertilizer plant, sending at least 12 workers to the hospital with breathing problems. Other workers were treated at the scene for exposure to sulfur dioxide. More information

Tuesday
Feb 16
Nelson, U.K.: Fire broke through the roof of a auto salvage company that adjoins a steel mill. The fire spread from parts being moved by forklift inside the plant. More information

Tuesday
Feb 16
Kingsport, TN: A flash fire at a pulp and paper mill left two workers hospitalized with burns. Vapors inside a storage tank were reportedly ignited by a welding torch. More information

Tuesday
Feb 16
Negaunee Township, MI: Firefighters responded to a local plant when an employee accidentally knocked over a five gallon container of hydrochloric acid. More information

Tuesday
Feb 16
Butler, WI: An anhydrous ammonia leak at a food processing plant forced the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents. Seven employees were treated for inhaling noxious fumes. More information

Sunday
Feb 14
Hardeeville, N.C.: About six million pounds of paper stored in a yard outside a recycling center burned. Nearly 100 area firefighters battled the blaze. More information

Friday
Feb 12
Hollister, CA: Two workers were critically burned in an explosion at a plant that manufactures small charges used in military aircraft. The workers were mixing chemicals in an explosion-proof room when the blast occurred. More information

Thursday
Feb 11
Oakland, NE: Thousands of pounds of beef and pork were ruined in a fire at a meat processing plant. The fire, which spread from a meat smoker, also damaged much of the factorys interior. More information

Wednesday
Feb 10
Knoxville, TN: A 10-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 85,000 gallons of diesel into a residential area near the Tennessee River. Authorities condemned at least 10 homes contaminated by the fuel. More information

Tuesday
Feb 09
Wyalusing, PA: A structural fire broke out at a large commercial meat processing plant. More information

Monday
Feb 08
Dixon, CA: A storage tank filled with 250,000 gallons of liquid fertilizer collapsed at a processing plant, killing one worker and injuring two others. More information

Sunday
Feb 07
Dallas, TX: A fork lift operator at a chemical warehouse accidentally speared several 55-gallon drums containing hydrofluoric and nitric acid. The resulting spill forced the evacuation of several businesses and a nearby school. More information

Sunday
Feb 07
Alder Flats, Alberta: A natural gas pipeline in a remote area of Canada exploded. No injuries were reported. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Hanover Township, PA: A release of nitrogen dioxide at a manufacturing plant sent one worker to the hospital and resulted in the evacuation of the plant. The release originated in the plants waste treatment facility. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Los Angeles, CA: A merchant seaman was seriously injured when he caught his leg in a mechanism for moving a giant crane. The leg was all but severed. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Fenton, MO: An auto worker who fell from an eight-foot platform died from injuries he suffered. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Whitsett, N.C.: Nine workers were hospitalized and 40 others evacuated from a plant specializing in photographic paper when a chemical reaction in a waste tank produced the strong odor of chlorine. More information

Saturday
Feb 06
Springville Township, MI: Two people were injured in a propane gas explosion at a bottled gas facility. The business was extensively damaged. More information

Friday
Feb 05
Reynosa, Mexico: A large industrial complex suffered extensive fire damage. Firefighters from the U.S. assisted in battling the blaze. More information

Friday
Feb 05
Akron, OH: Fire destroyed a one-story brick building housing a factory specializing in rubber gaskets and small parts. Investigators believe arson was involved. More information

Thursday
Feb 04
Bruien, WA: An overturned oil truck spilled nearly 2,000 gallons of fuel oil into the back yard of an oceanfront home. Firefighters managed to stop the spill from reaching Puget Sound. More information

Thursday
Feb 04
Coos Bay, OR: A cargo ship carrying 140,000 gallons of oil and diesel ran aground in heavy surf. With no hope of salvage and bad weather closing in, officials opted to ignite the oil and burn it off rather than risk a spill that could pollute the coastline. (For details, check the -April 1999 issue of IFW.) More information

Tuesday
Feb 02
Warwick, R.I.: An explosion in an industrial furnace at a wire manufacturing plant injured one worker. The plant remained in operation. More information

Tuesday
Feb 02
East Brunswick, N.J.: A security guard on duty at a closed brewery suffered extensive second- and third-degree burns when he touched a live power line. More information

Tuesday
Feb 02
Chicago, IL: A stack of pallets at a plastics factory caught fire, causing heavy smoke. More information

Monday
Feb 01
Dearborn, MI: Six workers died as the result of a boiler explosion and fire that destroyed the powerhouse for a major automobile manufacturing complex. More information

Monday
Feb 01
Weymouth, PA: Nearly 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in a tanker truck rollover that occurred in a residential area. More information

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