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  • Dust explosions reported in Minnesota and Texas

    21 September 2018

    On September 19, two workers were injured in an apparent dust explosion and fire in Minneapolis, Minnesota, local media reported. The Minneapolis Fire Department said that the explosion occurred in a metal dust collector at the Metal-Matic Inc. facility in the city, and that the victims received significant injuries during the incident....

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  • Five killed in explosion at aluminum plant in eastern China

    28 August 2018

    Five people were killed by an explosion at an aluminum plant in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on the morning of August 28, China News reported, citing local authorities. The blast occurred at around 2 a.m. local time in the city of Jiangyin, at a plant belonging to a company named as Yize Aluminium, according to the report....

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  • Industrial gas leaks sicken 250 in central Chile

    28 August 2018

    Some 250 people have been affected by industrial gas leaks in the towns of Quintero and Puchuncaví, 100 km northwest of the Chilean capital, Santiago, and local authorities confirmed that 19 have been hospitalised. On August 23, the Interior Ministry’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) declared a ‘Yellow Alert’ in the two towns and has increased monitoring activities to discover the source of the leaks....

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  • Five injured in explosion at Ohio iron casting facility

    22 August 2018

    Five people were injured on August 21 in an explosion and fire at the Liberty Casting Company in Delaware, Ohio, local officials said. The blast occurred In the foundry area of the factory and the fire department will handle the investigation into the cause of the incident....

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  • Amsterdam Apple store iPad explosion leads to evacuation

    20 August 2018

    An Apple store in Leidseplein Square in Amsterdam was temporarily closed after an iPad battery explosion resulted in leaking vapours. The device was placed in a container full of sand by staff and firefighters responded to the scene. Local media reported that three people had to be treated for respiratory issues after the incident....

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Detroit steel plant blast injures 15 14 August 2018

A blast furnace explosion injured 15 workers at US Steel's Great Lakes Works plant on Zug Island near Detroit on August 10. A day later three were still in hospital, according to a company statement, which confirmed that all those injured were employees of contractor Songer Steel Services. The statement said the incident occurred at the D4 Blast Furnace and involved the dust catcher. ...

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Explosion at Brazil steel plant injures 34 13 August 2018

A blast at the Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais (Usiminas) plant in western Brazil on August 10 injured 34 people at the plant, according to local news sources, and caused tremors in the nearby town of Ipatinga. The local fire department reported that 25 people were transferred to hospital but none of them was in serious condition. ...

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US manufacturing plant explosions injure four 08 August 2018

An explosion on August 6 at the Arconic Fastening Systems plant in Rochester, New York State, created a fireball that left two men with critical injuries, police and fire officials told local news organisations. The blast is thought to have occurred when fluid from a leaky hydraulic press touched an ignition source. ...

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Chlorine gas leak at Massachusetts company causes mass hysteria among workers 25 June 2018

Local media reported that 29 workers received emergency treatment after suspected chlorine gas leaks at the Thermal Circuits plant in Salem, Massachusetts, on June 24. After an initial leak and evacuation, a second incident caused some workers to feel nauseous and light-headed leading to mass hysteria as they ran towards the exit, according to Salem Fire Department Deputy Chief Alan Dionne....

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Malaysian venture capitalist killed by charging mobile phone 21 June 2018

Nazrin Hassan, the CEO of a Malaysian venture capital fund, died after one of his cellphones reportedly caught fire while it was charging next to him in his bedroom. Conflicting reports attributed his cause of death to blunt force trauma and smoke inhalation, but authorities said they needed more time to investigate exactly what happened. ...

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