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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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  • 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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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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Hurricane Harvey shuts many Texas oil, gas and chemical operations 29 August 2017

Severe weather, heavy rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey have caused widespread refinery and chemical plant shutdowns on the US Gulf Coast, the USA's main downstream hub. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement also said workers had been removed from 86 of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, representing around 22% of the basin’s oil & gas production....

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