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Firefighters remain on standby following grain silo explosion and fires at Tilbury docks 08 July 2020

Firefighters remain at the scene of a grain silo explosion at Tilbury docks, Essex after a blast caused significant damage on July 3. After containing an initial blaze, firefighters returned to the scene just two days later to extinguish another fire. As of July 8, some fire crews remain at the port....

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Three injured after factory explosion in UK 19 June 2020

Three workers were taken to hospital with burns on June 19 after an explosion at an oilseed processing factory in Erith, southeast London. The blast occurred around 09:00 local time and caused a fire to break out....

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Eight agricultural grain explosions occur in US during 2019 09 March 2020

Researchers from the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at Purdue University in the US have calculated that there were eight agricultural grain explosions in the US during 2019, four fewer than in 2018. The explosions resulted in one fatality and four injuries....

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Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition has now been staged! 24 February 2020

The Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition, co-located with PPTex, took place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, north-eastern England, the elegant North Yorkshire spa town. For information about the 2021 event, please email or call +44 (0) 1732 359990....

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Lightning strike at US whiskey warehouse destroys nine million litres 04 July 2019

A fire at the Jim Beam bourbon whiskey warehouse in Versailles, Kentucky, was started by a lightning strike, company owner Beam Suntory said on July 3. Local media said some 45,000 barrels of ageing whiskey were destroyed in the blaze, equivalent to 6.75 million bottles or nine million litres....

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Third explosion in one month at US grain processor injures three 04 February 2019

An explosion and fire on January 31 at the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) soybean processing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, resulted in the hospitalisation of three workers with non-life threatening injuries, fire officials told local media. Earlier in the month a firefighter was killed in a blaze at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, and there was a separate explosion at an ADM corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois. ...

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Four killed in Paris bakery explosion 14 January 2019

A powerful explosion at a bakery in the Rue de Trevise in the 9th arondissement in Paris killed four and injured dozens more on January 12. Two firefighters and a Spanish tourist died, as well as a women in a flat above the bakery. Around 55 people were injured, nine of them seriously, including several foreign tourists....

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US food processing group ADM reports explosions at two separate plants over two days 08 January 2019

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reported explosions at two separate plants over the weekend of January 4-5, one of which resulted in the death of a firefighter and a critical injury to another.A fire at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, on January 5 led to an explosion that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Lt. Eric Hosette....

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Consortium develops advanced pipeline leak detection system 19 October 2018

A European consortium is developing a new generation of small chemical sensors that use light and sound to detect gas leaks from pipelines. Fitted to an autonomous patrolling robot, the photo-acoustic gas sensors can be part of a wireless network that continuously monitors pipelines and instantly identifies petroleum, hydrogen sulphide and other toxic gases....

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French grain silo explosion injures four 06 June 2018

At least four people have been injured following an explosion at a grain silo in Strasbourg, eastern France on June 6. Police said eleven were on site at the time of the incident. The grain storage facility is owned by the Comptoir Agricole group, a major French agricultural cooperative, and had a storage capacity of 40,000 tonnes....

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