Incident Logs


Entries for March 2001

Saturday
Mar 17
Weston, FL: A tanker truck carrying nearly 8,000 gallons of chlorine solution spilled part of its load when a low tree limb sheared off an elbow valve. More information

Saturday
Mar 17
Lindon, UT: An 800-gallon tank of hydrochloric acid ruptured at a steel-coating plant. Two police officers suffered minor injuries while investigating the reported fumes. More information

Friday
Mar 16
Roncador Oil Field, Brazil: Eleven people died from injuries sustained in explosions aboard Brazil’s largest offshore oil platform. A damaged pillar supporting the 40-story-tall facility caused a 30-degree list. The platform sank four days later. More information

Friday
Mar 16
Fontana, CA: Nearby residents were evacuated after a leak in a 24,000 gallon propane tank was discovered. To stop the leak, workers shut the main gas valve to the tank. More information

Thursday
Mar 15
Shelby, N.C.: A fired worker began shooting into the crowded parking lot at a fiberglass plant, killing an innocent bystander and wounding his intended target. The shooter was later wounded by police. More information

Thursday
Mar 15
Vienna, PA: A fiberglass plant was forced to shut down after a fire badly damaged its power generating facility. More information

Thursday
Mar 15
Toledo, OH: A rail yard was evacuated and freight traffic halted after workers found a small amount of methanol leaking from a tank car. More information

Thursday
Mar 15
Cleveland, OH: Four confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s disease, one of them fatal, led company officials to temporarily close an auto casting plant. More information

Wednesday
Mar 14
Hay Lakes, Alberta: An oil field worker was killed and another injured in an explosion at an oil battery. Maintenance on a saltwater storage tank was under way at the time of the blast. More information

Wednesday
Mar 14
Khayelitsha, South Africa: One worker was killed and six injured in an explosion at a shotgun cartridge assembly line. Damage was limited to one small manufacturing room. More information

Wednesday
Mar 14
Easton, MD: One person was killed by an explosion in a dust collector at a flare plant. The collector was located just outside a concrete block building where chemicals are mixed. More information

Wednesday
Mar 14
West Chicago, IL: Fire broke out in the boiler room of a cereal plant. More information

Wednesday
Mar 14
Eastbourne, U.K.: A fire that destroyed 12 transport trucks at a depot is being treated as suspicious by authorities. More information

Tuesday
Mar 13
Augusta, GA: Three workers were killed in two explosions at a plant that manufactures metal fasteners. Repairs were underway on the unit that exploded. More information

Tuesday
Mar 13
Banksmeadow, Australia: More than 50 people were evacuated from an industrial area after a chemical spill. Five people were treated for respiratory problems. More information

Tuesday
Mar 13
Temelin, Czech Republic: A small fire at a nuclear plant was quickly extinguished. The blaze occurred on the construction site for a second reactor. More information

Monday
Mar 12
Stockholm, Sweden: A fire in a power cable tunnel knocked out electricity to a large area of the city, including the high tech industrial district. More information

Monday
Mar 12
Silver Spring Shores, MI: A chemical reaction triggered a fire in a storage building at an aircraft plant. The fire was contained to a single drum of hydrochloric acid. More information

Monday
Mar 12
Deer Park, TX: An unexpected power outage at a chemical plant resulted in a release of sulphur dioxide. More information

Monday
Mar 12
Gingoog City, Philippines: Four people died and almost 30 others were injured when a fuel tank exploded in a plywood factory. More information

Monday
Mar 12
Phoenix, AZ: A worker was slightly injured in a nitric acid explosion at an industrial park. Acetone was poured into a 55-gallon drum containing the acid. More information

Friday
Mar 09
Galveston, TX: A barge collision in Galveston Bay resulted in a 44,000 gallon naphtha spill. It evaporated with no detectable environmental damage. More information

Thursday
Mar 08
Yamburg, Russia: A natural gas pipeline in the Russian Arctic burst during maintenance work, killing three people and severely burning two others. More information

Thursday
Mar 08
Vestal, N.Y.: Firefighters used liquid nitrogen and argon to extinguish a fire smouldering in the bottom of a large composter at a sewage treatment facility. More information

Thursday
Mar 08
Elba, N.Y.: A fire at a produce packaging plant knocked out power to a nearby school. More information

Wednesday
Mar 07
Decatur, IL: An explosion in the process area of a chemical plant caused minor damage and sent one employee to the hospital. More information

Wednesday
Mar 07
Fort McMurray, Alberta: An explosion near a plant that extracts the bitumen or extra-heavy oil from oil sands injured four workers. Gas monitors alerted workers to the danger allowing many to escape. More information

Tuesday
Mar 06
Romeoville, IL: Firefighters responded to a haz mat situation at a refinery’s hydrochloric acid unit. More information

Tuesday
Mar 06
Casper, WY: A fire broke out at a tear gas manufacturing plant with four employees exposed to the gas. The fire was quickly extinguished. More information

Monday
Mar 05
Richmond, CA: An oleum spill produced a small cloud of sulfuric acid at a chemical plant. More information

Sunday
Mar 04
Port of Santos, Brazil: At least two storage tanks each containing more than 26,000 gallons of fuel oil ruptured and spilled into the sea. More information

Sunday
Mar 04
Athens, Greece: One worker was killed and three others injured when an oxygen cylinder exploded during repair work on an oil tanker. More information

Saturday
Mar 03
Des Moines, IA: The emergency power unit of an F-16 on the ground inadvertently activated, dumping the jet’s fuel supply. Nine people suffered injuries, including two Des Moines Fire Department medics. More information

Saturday
Mar 03
Greensboro, N.C.: An unused room at a packing plant was damaged by fire. Workers were using a blow torch immediately prior to the blaze. More information

Friday
Mar 02
Calgary, Alberta: A worker leap to safety with his clothes aflame after an explosion at a wood processing plant. More information

Friday
Mar 02
Racine, WI: An employee checking the duct work in a tool manufacturing plant found a decomposed body that police theorize was a burglar who got stuck months earlier. More information

Thursday
Mar 01
Gulf of Mexico, USA: A jack-up drilling rig sustained extensive damage in a blowout while drilling a development well. All personnel were safely evacuated. More information

Thursday
Mar 01
Iron Range, MN: Fire destroyed a cabinet plant that was the community’s second largest employer. It came only weeks after the town’s largest employer closed its doors. More information

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