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  • Two killed, seven trapped after explosion in Chinese chemical plant

    11 December 2017

    Xinhua reports that two persons died while seven others were buried in debris following an explosion at a chemical factory in east China's Jiangsu Province on December 9. A reaction vessel in Workshop 4 of the factory exploded, which led to the collapse of the neighbouring Workshop 6. ...

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  • Three injured in Arkansas chemical plant blast

    08 December 2017

    An explosion at the United Initiators plant in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, injured three people, according to the local fire department. The company, which makes peroxide at the site, released a statement saying that a decomposition involving benzoyl peroxide occurred, injuring the workers. Production has stopped and an investigation is under way....

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  • Explosion at Japanese chemical plant kills one, injures 11

    01 December 2017

    At least one worker was killed and 11 others injured in an explosion and fire on December 1 in the city of Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, 100 km east of Tokyo. Residents living within 100 metres of the plant were ordered to evacuate as 17 fire engines and nearly 60 firefighters tackled the blaze....

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  • US cosmetics plant explosions kill one, injure dozens

    21 November 2017

    One person is dead and up to 40 reported injured after two explosions and a fire at a cosmetics plant in upstate New York. The plant is owned by Verla International, a contract packaging and filling company for cosmetics and perfumes. Early indications are that the blasts were triggered by chemicals used at the plant, with an investigation ongoing into the precise cause....

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  • CSB says US chemical plants must be better prepared for natural disasters

    16 November 2017

    The US Chemical Safety Board, concerned about the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and natural disasters, is warning the chemical industry to rethink its emergency plans in light of the Arkema fires in Crosby, Texas, that followed Hurricane Harvey in late August....

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Three injured in Maine agricultural chemical explosion 13 October 2017

Three people were hospitalised after an explosion at an agricultural building in Detroit, Maine on October 11, according to state police. Fire investigators said the explosion took place in an empty, 86-foot tall silo used to store sulphur. Two of the casualties were both on top of the silo cleaning out accumulations of dust and sulphur when a spark from a shovel set off the explosion....

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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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