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Explosion at South African factory injures at least 11 04 October 2017

An explosion rocked the city of East London in south eastern South Africa, injuring at least 11 people, local authorities said on October 4. The explosion took place at one of the factories at the East London Industrial Development Zone the previous evening, a police spokesperson said. Those injured had been sent to hospital for treatment, she said....

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UK company fined after tank farm explosion 02 October 2017

In September, Liverpool Crown Court heard that on 19 January 2015, contractors of ESL Fuels Ltd cut into a sealed pipe using a grinder. The pipe, which was attached to a tank, was being used as part of a waste oil recovery process at their North Blend Tank Farm. Flammable gases within the pipe ignited, resulting in an explosion within the tank and the tank lid and vent pipe being partially detached and projected over a raised walkway....

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Houston chemical plant faces criminal investigation after series of explosions 02 October 2017

Harris County district attorney’s office confirmed it had opened a criminal investigation into the actions of French chemical group Arkema before the series of explosions and fires at its Crosby plant in the Houston suburbs after the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. The company is already facing a number of lawsuits over the effects of explosions of volatile chemicals at the plant....

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US chemical plant explosion kills one, injures two 29 September 2017

The Augusta fire service said an explosion on September 27  at the DSM Resins plant in Augusta, Georgia, which killed one and injured a further two workers, was a “welding accident”. The plant, which produces powder-coat paint resins, is part of an industrial complex near the Savannah River that houses a number of chemical and fertiliser facilities....

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Rejected detonator explosion at Indian ammunition storage facility injures three 15 September 2017

Three workers sustained injuries after a large quantity of defective detonators exploded at the Badmal ordnance factory in Balangir district, Odisha, on September 15. Faulty detonators from shells are taken to the demolition yard, which is isolated from production and other  facilities, to be dismantled or destroyed. The explosion reportedly took place at the demolition yard....

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News Extra: Houston plant explosion highlights efforts in Texas to block access to information on chemicals 13 September 2017

One of the most damaging aspects of the major flooding in and around Houston after Hurricane Harvey has been its effect on the many chemical and oil facilities in across the city. ExxonMobil said there had been leaks from its two refineries in the area and there have been reports of ‘unbearable’ chemical smells across the city. ...

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Emergency service members to sue Arkema following explosions at Texas plant 08 September 2017

Seven first responders injured after explosions at the troubled Arkema chemical plant in Crosby are now suing the company for at least $1 million in damages. On September 7, a week after the first blast rocked the Texas town, Houston lawyers launched a legal battle in a Harris County court, accusing Arkema of gross negligence....

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Tennessee polysilicon plant suffers two safety incidents in a week 08 September 2017

An explosion at the Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee, has resulted in eight people being treated in local clinics and was the second incident at the plant in eight days. This second was caused by a mechanical incident [that] resulted in a hydrogen chemical release, according to a Wacker news release, while the previous incident left five workers with chemical burns....

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Air freshener causes car to explode in UK 08 September 2017

An air freshener has caused a car to explode in an Essex car park, injuring one person. A cigarette ignited a build-up of gases from the air freshener inside the car, the fire service said, blowing off the roof and doors of the Ford Focus in a B&Q car park in Southend. The car suffered significant damage, the Essex Fire and Rescue Service said. ...

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Residents near flooded Texas chemical plant told to evacuate due to explosion risk 30 August 2017

All residents within 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of a chemical plant in Crosby, southeast Texas, were told to evacuate as a precautionary measure on August 29 because of the risk of an explosion, the local fire marshal's office said. Earlier in the day, plant owner Arkema said in a statement the situation at its plant was such that it had decided to evacuate all of its staff from the facility....

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