Industrial Accidents

TitleCityStateZip Code (9 digits)Incident Date and TimePublic/Media ReportsNRC ReportsNumber Evacuated/SIPNumber of Fatalities Inside FencelineNumber of Fatalities Outside FencelineNumber of Hospitalizations Inside FencelineNumber of Hospitalizations Outside FencelineOrganization Type (by NAICS)Chemicals Involved (by CAS)ExplosionFatality Inside FencelineFatality Outside FencelineHospitalizations (Admitted) Inside FencelineHospitalizations (Admitted) Outside FencelineChemicals Involved (by CAS) (2)Fire
Mattawoman Wastewater Treatment Plant Mason SpringsMaryland6/13/2001Washington Post METRO In Brief Thursday, June 14, 2001; Page B03 MARYLAND Chemical Accident Forces Evacuations A chemical mishap at the Mattawoman Waste Water Treatment Plant in Charles County resulted in a cloud of poisonous gas that overwhelmed seven people and forced 22 Mason Springs residents from their homes for three hours yesterday, county spokeswoman Nina Voehl said. The evacuations were precautionary, she said. The incident began about 7:45 a.m. when a container of sodium hypochlorite was accidentally filled with ferric chloride, creating a dangerous chemical reaction, officials said. Workers contained the gas inside the plant. But six employees and a delivery truck driver were overwhelmed by fumes and were taken to a medical center in La Plata. The employees were treated and released; the driver was held overnight for observation. Hazardous material teams from Prince George's County and the Naval Surface Warfare Center responded to the accident, as did area volunteer firefighters. County officials are investigating, Voehl said.1 - 100UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown221320 - Sewage Treatment Facilitiessodium hypochlorite 7681-52-9NoNoNoNoNoferric chloride 7705-08-0No
JAG Industries BaltimoreMaryland7/31/2001WBAL-TV [Baltimore, MD]: Chemical Fire Forces Evacuations In Baltimore BALTIMORE, 11:09 a.m. EDT July 31, 2001 -- Baltimore has sounded its civil defense sirens for the second time in less than two weeks because of a chemical fire. City fire officials say the sirens were sounded to alert residents in a one-block area around Aiken Street and Curtain Avenue to evacuate. People within a five-block radius beyond that area should stay inside and close all doors and windows. WBAL-TV 11 News reports that some people have been overcome and one person has been taken to Union Memorial Hospital. Their condition is not known at this time. A shelter has been set up for the evacuated residents. The shelter is at 25th Street and Kirk Avenue. Baltimore Fire Department Battalion Chief Hector Torres says the fire is burning in a three-story warehouse containing sodium borohydride, which Torres describes as an explosive hazardous chemical. It's not clear if the chemical is on fire. The warehouse belongs to JAG Industries. According to their website, the company is a prominent U.S. manufacturer of precision machined and fabricated parts, components, and assemblies widely used by equipment designers and manufacturers in the Scientific, Pharmaceutical, Bio-Technological, Communications, Electronics, and Military / Industrial Industries. NewsEdge: 07/31/2001 12:41:18 Baltimore Fire Prompts Evacuations By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press Writer BALTIMORE (AP) Fire broke out Tuesday in a manufacturing plant that contains a variety of chemicals, prompting the evacuation of a one-block area. No injuries were reported. Firefighters went door to door to warn residents about the fire and about 50 people reportedly showed up at a shelter in a nearby firehouse. One worker, Chuck Harvey, told WJZ-TV that a small explosion happened on the building's third floor. Employees tried to douse the fire with extinguishers, but the smoke was too heavy and they all evacuated, he said. Initial reports were that the chemical in the part of the building that was burning was sodium borohydride, fire spokesman Hector Torres said. Other chemicals also were present in the building, Torres said, but he had no details. Smoke was visible from two blocks away. Sodium borohydride is used as a bleaching agent for wood pulp, and blowing agent for plastics, among other uses. Its fumes can cause coughing, shortness of breath, eye damage, dizziness and drowsiness, according to the Maryland Poison Control Center. The chemical also can produce potentially explosive hydrogen gas when it comes in contact with water. Torres said hazardous materials teams were at the scene and representatives of the Maryland Department of the Environment tested air quality. A variety of tablets and capsules are made at the plant, including nutrition supplements for animals and tablets for aquarium water testing. The plant is operated by JAG Industries Inc. In addition to the evacuation for those closest to the fire, residents within five blocks of the three-story warehouse were told to stay indoors with the windows closed. For the second time in less than two weeks, the city's civil defense siren was sounded. Two weeks ago, a freight car derailment, acid spill and fire in a downtown tunnel prompted the sounding of the siren for an emergency for the first time in a half-century. The fire was in a residential area about three-quarters of a mile northeast of downtown. The warehouse is more than 60,000 square feet, according to the JAG Industries' Web page.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Unknown EssexMaryland8/24/200108/24/2001 06:52:08 Amtrak service temporarily halted by fire at welding supply BC-MD--Essex Fire,0142 Amtrak service temporarily halted by fire at welding supply business ESSEX, Md. (AP) _ Amtrak rail service was temporarily disrupted by a fire at a welding supply business that caused tanks to explode and sent flames shooting into the early morning sky. No one was hurt in the fire at the business that sells compressed gases and welding supplies. Firefighters battled the blaze for about two hours before bringing it under control, fire officials said. BGE shut off power to two overhead lines nearby, cutting electricity to about 25 homes. Four Amtrak trains were affected by the fire, which was reported about 3:30 a.m. AP-NY-08-24-01 0652EDT :SUBJECT: MD LENF INSU TRAN CONW Copyright (c) 2001 The Associated Press Received by NewsEdge Insight: 08/24/2001 06:52:08 UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Unknown BaltimoreMaryland10/4/2001TheWBALChannel.com Chemical Cloud Closes Russell Street Near 295Workers Report Smells Of Ammonia, SulfurAn acid cloud rising from a trash bin prompted fire officials to temporarily close a busy roadway on Thursday, fire officials said. One woman who worked nearby was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, but no one was injured, fire officials said. Traffic was diverted from Russell Street near the Interstate 95 exit, about a block south of the PSINet Stadium, as firefighters used water spray and cement ash to control the vapors coming from the traffic bin at Clean Harbors, a hazardous materials disposal company. Investigators determined the cloud, which was reported about 10 a.m., could irritate those with respiratory problems, but was not dangerous otherwise, said Hector Torres, a fire department spokesman. The chemical inside the bin was identified as sulphamic acid, a relatively harmless acid used to strip textiles and to bleach molasses and soap, said Richard McIntyre of the state Department of the Environment. The rolling bin came from Middlesex, N.J., and also contained construction debris. The combination of the materials with the acid caused the cloud, officials said. Employees who worked nearby reported that their throats were burning and that the odor of the cloud left a taste in their mouths. They said that the cloud smelled of ammonia and sulfur. Baltimore city police gave the workers the option of staying inside their offices during the clean-up or evacuating the area. Traffic on Russell Street was closed in both directions for about two hours. Stay with TheWBALChannel.com and 11 News for the latest news updates.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
U.S. ARMY RESEARCH CENTER LAB ADELPHIMaryland10/16/2001NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER - FLASH FAX ***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY*** DO NOT RELEASE this information to the public without permission from the NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER 1-800-424-8802 Incident Report # 583327 INCIDENT DESCRIPTION *Report taken by: CIV CREWS at 13:20 on 16-OCT-01 Incident Type: FIXED Incident Cause: EXPLOSION Affected Area: The incident was discovered on 16-OCT-01 at 11:45 local time. Affected Medium: AIR _______________________________________________________________________ REPORTING PARTY Name: RENOWN CREWS Organization: NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER Address: 2200 2ND ST. SW WASHINGTON DC, DC 20593 PRIMARY Phone: (800)4248802 Type of Organization: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT _______________________________________________________________________ SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY Name: UNKNOWN XX Type of Organization: UNKNOWN ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT LOCATION 2800BLOCK OF POWDER MILL RD. County: PRINCE GEORGES City: ADELPHI State: MD U.S. ARMY RESEARCH CENTER LAB _______________________________________________________________________ RELEASED MATERIAL(S) CHRIS Code: NCC Official Material Name: NO CHRIS CODE Also Known As: LITHIUM NITRATE Qty Released: 0 UNKNOWN AMOUNT CHRIS Code: NCC Official Material Name: NO CHRIS CODE Also Known As: STANNOUS CHLORIDE Qty Released: 0 UNKNOWN AMOUNT CHRIS Code: STF Official Material Name: STANNOUS FLUORIDE Also Known As: Qty Released: 0 UNKNOWN AMOUNT ________________________________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT WEB REPORT/////// A FLASH FIRE AND A MINOR EXPLOSION OCCURRED WHEN A CHEMIST AT AN ARMY RESEARCH LAB MIXED LITHIUM NITRATE AND EITHER STANNOUS CHLORIDE OR STANNOUS FLUORIDE. ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT DETAILS Building ID: Type of Fixed Object: OTHER Power Generating Facility: NO Generating Capacity: Type of Fuel: NPDES: NPDES Compliance: UNKNOWN ______________________________________________________________________ DAMAGES Fire Involved: YES Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN INJURIES: 1 Hospitalized: 1 Empl/Crew: Passenger: FATALITIES: Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: EVACUATIONS:300 Who Evacuated:EVERYONE Radius/Area: Damages: Hours Direction of Closure Type Description of Closure Closed Closure Air: N Road: N Major N Artery: Waterway: N Track: N Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: NO ______________________________________________________________________ REMEDIAL ACTIONS A HAZMAT TEAM IS ON SCENE. Release Secured: UNKNOWN Release Rate: Estimated Release Duration: ______________________________________________________________________ WEATHER Weather: SUNNY, 64ºF ______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL AGENCIES NOTIFIED Federal: State/Local: State/Local On Scene: State Agency Number: _______________________________________________________________________ NOTIFICATIONS BY NRC AGCY TOXIC SUBST & DISEASE REGISTR (404)4980120 CHEM SAFETY AND HAZARD INVEST BOAR (888)6888702 U.S. EPA III (215)8149016 FBI STRATEGIC INFO OPERATIONS CNTR (202)3233300 NOAA 1ST CLASS BB RPTS FOR MD 16-OCT-01 13:42 (206)5266344 NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER HQ (202)2672100 MD DEPT OF ENV ATTN: M. SHARON 16-OCT-01 13:42 (410)9743551 VA DEPT EMERGENCY MANANGEMENT 16-OCT-01 13:42 (804)6742419 _______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DUE TO THE FIRE THE CHEMIST SUFFERED SECOND-DEGREE BURNS FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS HIP. ABOUT 300 EMPLOYEES WERE EVACUATED FROM THE BUILDING WHILE THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM COMBED THE LAB FOR OTHER CHENICALS THAT MAY POSE A THREAT. __UnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoYes
Brandon Shores Power Plant PasadenaMaryland11/19/2001Oil leak sparks fire at power plant By ERIC COLLINS, Staff Writer Officials evacuated part of the Brandon Shores Power Plant in Pasadena last night after an oil leak caused a small fire under one of the plant's power generating units, fire officials said. Due to a mechanical failure, more than 150 gallons of oil leaked from one of the fossil fuel-burning plant's boilers at 1000 Brandon Shore Road, according to Division Chief John M. Scholz, a county Fire Department spokesman. The oil seeped down about 50 feet onto some extremely hot pipes, causing a flash fire, he said. Technicians for the Constellation Power Source Generation-owned plant noticed the leak about 5:10 p.m. They shut down the unit, evacuated the immediate area around the incident and called 911, he said. The facility's own firefighters doused the blaze with water before 28 firefighters, including those from the county's Hazardous Material Team, arrived and extinguished the fire, Chief Scholz said. Officials allowed employees to return to the plant after about 45 minutes. Firefighting crews left the scene around 7:30 p.m. No one was injured. The oil was contained at the plant and didn't seep into any nearby waterways, said Rose Kendig, Constellation spokesman. Published November 20, 2001, The Capital, Annapolis, Md. Copyright © 2001 The Capital, Annapolis, Md.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Allen FoodsHurlockMaryland6/19/2002Ammonia leak forces evacuation of Allen Foods plant in Hurlock\r\nBy: JAIME ROE-HERD, Staff Writer\r\nJune 20, 2002\r\n©The Star Democrat 2002(Easton, MD)\r\nHURLOCK ¿ Allen Family Foods Inc., of Hurlock evacuated its Nealson Street plant Wednesday afternoon to tend to an ammonia leak.\r\nMike Pilcher, Vice President of Operations for Allen Foods, said the plant's emergency response team located and isolated an ammonia leak in the coil of the facility's blast freezer. The leak was reported to national, state and local authorities as a required procedure for addressing issues involving hazardous materials, Pilcher said.\r\nThe plant was evacuated, and hundreds of employees gathered on the plant's lawn under shade trees and around water coolers. \r\n"There were no injuries from the ammonia leak, and we were actually more concerned about our employees' welfare being forced outside in the hot weather," Pilcher said. \r\nHurlock Volunteer Fire Company responded to the plant with fire apparatus, including a water tanker and ambulances, to stand by to assist the plant's emergency response team. The fire company was soon dispersed from the plant.\r\n"We do not know the amount of ammonia that was lost, but we believe it was very little," said Hurlock Fire Chief Chuck Colbourn. "There were no injuries at all."\r\nPilcher said an analysis will be performed to determine the amount of ammonia vapor that was lost. Employees detected the leak by its unique odor.\r\nPilcher said ammonia gas is commonly used as a coolant by meat processors and becomes a liquid under pressure and low temperature.\r\n101 - 500UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Anne Arundel County public worksBaltimoreMaryland7/16/20026 workers hospitalized after sewer blast\r\nMen were conducting routine pipe inspection when gases were ignited\r\nBy Julie Bykowicz\r\nThe Baltimore Sun\r\nOriginally published July 16, 2002, 9:50 PM EDT\r\nTwo Anne Arundel County public works employees were badly burned and four others were also hospitalized Tuesday afternoon when something triggered an underground sewer explosion in the northern part of the county. \r\nThe men were working inside the system, near the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. facilities in the wooded area between Solley Road and Fort Smallwood Road, when a flash fire ignited about 1:30 p.m., said Capt. Robert Rose, a spokesman for the county Fire Department. \r\nPublic works spokeswoman Pam Jordon said power tools may have ignited a normal buildup of gases in an underground "vault" that provides access to pipes. \r\nCounty and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health officials were investigating the accident, Jordon said. \r\nFrank Weilman Jr., 43, of Pasadena and Tom Lange, 42, of Glen Burnie sustained second-degree burns to the chest, face and arms, Rose said. They were airlifted to John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where Weilman was listed in critical condition and Lange was in fair condition Tuesday night. \r\nPublic works employees Steve Dary of Glen Burnie, Larry Kiessling of Severn, Mark Bois of Pasadena and Byron Belcher of the Eastern Shore were also transported to the hospital's burn center by ambulance, Rose said. All four men, whose ages were unavailable, were listed in fair condition Tuesday night. \r\nOne public works official called the blast "minor" because no one was killed and the sewer system did not appear to be structurally damaged. \r\n"I've worked here since 1977, and I've never seen this occur," said Paul Lesher, a regional manager for the county public works department. "But I have heard of it happening in many other places." \r\nAbout a dozen county public works employees were preparing a force main as part of a routine sewage pipeline inspection when something ignited a pocket of gases -- including methane -- normally produced by decomposing waste water, Lesher said. \r\nEmployees described the incident as a flash fire, Lesher said. Seconds after the blast, one of the men working underground was able to pull himself out, and other employees helped the second man out, he said. \r\nEarly reports indicated the explosion had occurred at a BGE facility, so numerous BGE employees were at the scene Tuesday. But none of the power lines that run parallel to the sewer lines was damaged, Lesher said. \r\nThe blast did not affect the county's sewer system, Lesher said, because that line had been closed off for the inspection. The sewage pipes in that area are 36 inches in diameter and about 10 years old, he said.\r\nCopyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun \r\nsunspot.net\r\nUnknownUnknownUnknown6UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoYes
Garden State TanningWILLIAMSPORTMaryland10/21/2002Two sent to hospital after chemical spill\r\nTuesday October 22, 2002\r\nThe Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, MD)\r\nWILLIAMSPORT - Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a chemical spill at Garden State Tanning Monday night, Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications officials said. \r\nThe spill was reported at 9:36 p.m. at the tannery at 15717 Clear Spring Road, officials said. \r\nBy 10:45 p.m., two people had been taken to Washington County Hospital with injuries that were reported to be minor, officials said. \r\nA man at the scene who identified himself as the plant manager confirmed that the Washington County Special Response Team was called to the incident. \r\nHe said he would have more information this morning. He refused to release any more details. \r\nEmployees stood outside the complex and waited while crews attended to the scene. Fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles were on hand. \r\nSeveral employees said the spill contained a form of acid. \r\nFurther information was unavailable at press time. \r\nGarden State Tanning makes leather for automobiles. The company employs 1,140 people, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's 2002 Business & Industry Directory.\r\nUnknownUnknownUnknown2UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
American Home MedicalCroftonMaryland11/18/2002Crofton office building damaged in fire\r\nExploding oxygen tanks started the 4-alarm blaze \r\n \r\nBy Julie Bykowicz \r\nSun Staff\r\nOriginally published November 18, 2002, 9:05 PM EST\r\n\r\nExploding oxygen tanks fueled a four-alarm fire at a Crofton office building Monday afternoon that sent employees fleeing and caused an estimated $2 million in damage.\r\n\r\nNo one was injured in the blaze, which began in a medical supply office and took 85 firefighters about an hour and a half to bring under control, fire officials said.\r\n\r\n"After a few pops, a huge puff of black smoke filled the air," said Charles Mitchell, who was eating lunch at a nearby restaurant when the fire began. "It seemed like the building caught on fire immediately."\r\n\r\nThe fire, which destroyed the west wing of the U-shaped office building in the 1600 block of Crofton Blvd., left four businesses without some of their office suites, said Lt. Frank Fennell, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.\r\n\r\nOne of the owners of American Home Medical, a business that repackages oxygen for home use, was filling an oxygen bottle just before noon when he heard the crackle of a fire behind him, Fennell said. Employees at nearby businesses said the man tried to extinguish the fire but called 911 when it quickly grew out of control.\r\n\r\n"The firefighters rushed right in there, not knowing whether it was chemicals or what," said Sue Robinson, who watched the event unfold from her doctor's office across a parking lot.\r\n\r\nFirefighters pulled back when the explosions began and attacked it from the outside until it was brought under control at 1:35 p.m., Fennell said.\r\n\r\nEastern winds whipped a blanket of smoke through much of Crofton, limiting visibility on busy Route 3 in the western part of the county. Southbound traffic, confined to one lane to accommodate emergency crews, crawled for hours.\r\n\r\nStunned tenants stood in nearby parking lots to watch as firefighters from Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County, Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy battled wind to douse the fire.\r\n\r\nAbout 25 employees in 10 businesses dashed out of their offices just minutes before flames swallowed the building’s entire western wing, onlookers and fire officials said.\r\n\r\nThe local office for Stanley Steemer, which is adjacent to the suite where the fire began, was still intact last night. But employees said they just barely made it out.\r\n\r\n"We took what we could and ran," employee Stephanie Snead said. "Flames were just rolling out."\r\n\r\nAcross the parking lot, patients and staff at a doctor’s office watched as the building appeared to explode.\r\n\r\n"It scared the hell out of me," said 82-year-old Robert Rawes, who arrived for an 11 a.m. checkup and ended up stuck at the doctor's office until 2 p.m.\r\n\r\nRawes and other onlookers were trapped in parking lots while firefighters controlled the fire.\r\n\r\n"Curiosity kind of killed me," said Aaron Nickas, who was blocked in a parking lot by fire equipment after he drove over to see where the thick smoke was coming from.\r\n\r\nAccording to property records, Warren and Martha Halle own the office building, which has an assessed value of $1.23 million and is divided into 16 office suites. The Halles could not be reached for comment last night.\r\n\r\nStaff writer Rona Kobell contributed to this report \r\nCopyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun \r\nUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownYesNoNoNoNoYes
Clorox Co.Baltimore CountyMaryland2/5/2003Fertilizer fumes send several workers at Harford bleach plant to hospitals/By A Sun Staff Writer February 6, 2003/Incident: 02/05/03/Baltimore County, MD /Several employees of a Harford County bleach-manufacturing plant were being treated for breathing difficulties last night at four area hospitals after coming into contact with fumes from an unidentified type of fertilizer, police said. About 7:30 p.m., three employees of a Clorox Co. plant in the 1300 block of Perryman Road in Perryman were loading bleach into a trailer behind the plant when they began having difficulty breathing, said state police spokesman Lt. Bud Frank. The fumes came from fertilizer remaining in the trailer from a previous shipment, he said. Six other employees who went to help their three colleagues also were affected by the fumes, Frank said. The workers were taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace and Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore County, Frank said. Their conditions were not life-threatening, he said. /UnknownUnknownUnknown9UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Baltimore Marine Industries Inc.Sparrow PointMaryland3/24/2003Man suffers burns, is in serious condition after explosion at Sparrows Point building/From Staff And Wire Reports/March 24, 2003/A 57-year-old man suffered burns over his entire body yesterday after an explosion at Baltimore Marine Industries Inc. at Sparrows Point, Baltimore County fire officials said. Two men were working at a transformer substation in a building near a ship launching facility in the 600 block of Shipyard Road about 8 a.m. when an oil switching device that they were working on exploded. Lt. Vernon Adamson, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman, said the explosion threw one man out of the building. He was uninjured and his name was not disclosed. But the other man, whose name also was not released, received second-degree burns over his entire body. He was admitted in serious condition to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. More than 25 firefighters from stations at Sparrows Point, Dundalk, Edgemere and North Point used 750 to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide gas to extinguish the electrical fire, the department said. The cause of the explosion and resulting fire is under investigation. /UnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownUnknownYesNoNoYesNoNo
Constellation NuclearCalvert CliffsMaryland4/7/2003Constellation plant catches fire/April 8, 2003: 8:54 AM EDT /NEW YORK (Reuters) - Constellation Nuclear said its 840 megawatt Calvert Cliffs 2 nuclear unit in Maryland caught fire Monday while the reactor was shut for a refueling outage, the company said in a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The company, which declared an unusual event because of the incident, said the fire in the pressurizer was put out in a little over 30 minutes and did not cause damage to the plant equipment. An unusual event is the lowest of four of the NRC's emergency classifications at U.S. nuclear power plants. The company determined the cause of the fire was slag from welding operations that fell through some fire blankets and ignited the herculite underneath. The unit, which shut on Feb. 18, is expected to remain shut until mid-May for the refueling and replacement of steam generators and main transformers. Meanwhile, the adjacent 835 MW Unit 1 continued to operate at full power. The Calvert Cliffs station is located about 40 miles south of Annapolis, Md. /UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Home Paramount Pesticide Co.LewistownMaryland4/12/2003Garage On Fire At Pesticide Company /MSNBC /LEWISTOWN, Md., 9:40 a.m. EDT April 12, 2003 - Firefighters were still /trying to put out a fire at a garage at a pesticide company in Lewistown, /Md., Saturday morning. Fredrick County fire officials told News4 they /believe pesticides are stored in the garage at the Home Paramount Pesticide /Co. but they do not know how much. The company is located on Devilbiss /Bridge Road, and businesses within a quarter-mile of the fire have been /evacuated. Police have also shutdown Route 15 between Biggs Ford Road and /Mountaindale Road. /UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
FMC CorporationBaltimoreMaryland4/30/2003Fire Contained At Baltimore Chemical Plant/POSTED: 11:57 a.m. EDT April 30, 2003 /BALTIMORE -- A hazardous materials team from the Baltimore City Fire Department is at the scene of a fire at a chemical manufacturing plant. The one-alarm fire was reported about 10 a.m. at FMC Corporation in the 1700 block of East Patapsco Street. Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said it still has not been extinguished. He said heating oil is burning inside some type of metal container, but he did not know the size of the container. There are no reports of injuries and there's no evidence of any hazard to the environment./UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Similar KingsBaltimore CountyMaryland6/23/2003Baltimore Co. Recycling Plant Burns/Firefighters From 2 Counties Respond To 4-Alarm Fire/WASHINGTON, DC -- Monday night, dozens of firefighters were called in to battle a huge fire at a Maryland recycling plant. The fire was at the Similar Kings Industry plant, a paper recycling plant in Baltimore County near the Howard County line. The fire started just after 8:30 p.m. and quickly went to four alarms. Firefighters from two counties were on the scene and made significant progress in getting it under control. They have managed to get the fire under control. Water was shuttled to the scene from the nearby Patapsco River. So far, there are no reports of injuries on the fire scene.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
MDL ManufacturingMechanicsvilleMaryland11/11/200319-Year-Old Worker Dies After Blast at Charles Plant /By Michael Amon/Washington Post Staff Writer/Thursday, November 13, 2003; Page SM17 /MD-A 19-year-old Mechanicsville man died Tuesday evening after an explosion that morning at a Charles County defense contractor manufacturing plant caused severe injuries to his head and face, authorities said.Ross A. Asher suffered mortal injuries when paint thinner vapors, ignited by his welding torch, caused a tremendous explosion inside the White Plains facility of MDL Manufacturing Industries Inc. about 7:30 a.m., authorities said. Asher was flown by state police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where his family eventually allowed physicians to take him off life support, said Marian Lingsch, an MDL official.Asher, a painter at MDL for about a year, was trying to weld metal legs to the bottom of a 55-gallon drum that once contained the flammable solvent acetone, commonly used as paint thinner, authorities said. Inside the drum were residual acetone vapors, which, once ignited, caused an explosion felt by workers in other buildings near MDL in a White Plains industrial park off DeMarr Road, authorities said.The lid of the drum exploded outward and struck Asher on the head, authorities said.Vapors can be more dangerous than the liquid itself, said W. Faron Taylor, a spokesman for the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. Vapors are more readily ignitable.About 25 firefighters responded to the explosion but it produced little fire, said David Klinikowski, Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department spokesman. Asher suffered only minor burns, authorities said.Lingsch said it is a mystery why Asher was welding the legs to the drum. She and Taylor surmised that he may have been trying to use the drums as a support for the heavy military machine parts that he painted.Asher was a meticulous painter, one of the best the company had hired in years, Lingsch said. He used high-gloss paint, a fickle medium that demands a careful touch, she said.Work at the plant halted after the explosion, and Lingsch said she expected the facility to reopen this week. Grief counselors will be present for the company's 40 employees when they return to work, she said.We're all shaken up about it, Lingsch said. You expect minor accidents to happen . . . but you don't expect someone dying in the workplace.The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency is investigating the explosion.© 2003 The Washington Post CompanyUnknown1UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownYesYesNoNoNoNo
McCormick's Spice CompanyCockeysvilleMaryland1/19/2004Chemical Spill Cleared At McCormick's Factory \r\n POSTED: 8:49 a.m. EST January 19, 2004 \r\n Incident date January 19, 2004 COCKEYSVILLE, Md. -- About 600 gallons of ethyl alcohol spilled early Monday morning at the McCormick's spice factory in Cockeysville. Nearly 100 workers were evacuated. Crews aired out the building to vaporize the alcohol and used absorbent material to soak up the remainder. Two firefighters were taken to area hospitals after they became dizzy. Their injuries are reported to be minor. Stay with theWBALChannel.com and 11 News for the latest news updates. Copyright 2004 by TheWBALChannel.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed \r\n 1 - 100UnknownUnknownUnknown2UnknownNoNoNoNoYesNo
Baltimore American Ice Co.BaltimoreMaryland3/2/2004Factory debris scrutinized \r\n 5-alarm fire damages Baltimore ice plant, closes major roads; \r\n No injuries reported in blaze \r\n \r\n 3/2/2004 Baltimore, MD - Fire officials began yesterday combing through charred debris left by a fire that swept through a huge, two-story ice factory in West Baltimore late Tuesday night and forced police to close two major roads through the evening rush hour yesterday. \r\n \r\n Authorities said it is too early to determine the cause of the fire, which started about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baltimore American Ice Co. plant in the 2100 block of W. Franklin St. \r\n \r\n The blaze was brought under control about 6:30 a.m. yesterday by more than 100 firefighters, and officials reported no injuries. \r\n \r\n Owners of the company could not be reached for comment, and it is not clear how many employees will be affected by the plant's damage. \r\n \r\n As firefighters knocked down pockets of fire yesterday, police closed Franklin and Mulberry streets from Warwick Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, said Troy Harris, a police spokesman. The roads were still closed yesterday evening, Harris said. \r\n \r\n Fire officials said the blaze spread and intensified within minutes of the first units arriving and racing inside the factory to try to extinguish the flames. Those firefighters were ordered to evacuate and within a half-hour, commanders had called out five alarms. \r\n \r\n It was bad, said Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. We just poured deluges of water on the building. \r\n \r\n An elementary school across a parking lot from the burning building was closed yesterday, and the area wreaked of ammonia, which is used to make dry ice at the plant. \r\n \r\n Ammonia was leaking from tanks inside the building, but fire officials said the fumes were not dangerous. \r\n \r\n Baltimore American Ice was in the news last in September, when Tropical Storm Isabel blew through the region, knocking out power and driving homeowners to scurry for dry ice to keep food from spoiling. \r\n \r\n It was the second major fire at the ice-making company in three years. \r\n \r\n In May 2001, a two-alarm fire heavily damaged the back portion of the plant. \r\n \r\n Baltimore firefighters are being assisted in the investigation by a team of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. \r\n \r\n They asked for our help because of the size of the building and the high dollar amount lost to the fire, said ATF Special Agent Kelly Long, a spokeswoman for the agency's Baltimore field office. \r\n UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Aberdeen Proving GroundAberdeenMaryland6/23/2004Mustard agent leak reported in APG storage area \r\n Harford emergency center told seepage poses no danger beyond storage yard \r\n 6/23/04 Aberdeen, MD - An alarm sounded Wednesday morning in a mustard agent storage area at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Edgewood facility, signaling a leak of the carcinogenic liquid that blisters the eyes, skin and lungs, Army officials said. \r\n This is the first container leak in the proving ground's history, according to George Mercer, the APG spokesman. A statement released by Mercer's office said, No agent has been detected outside the storage building. \r\n The report came in about 9 a.m. The alarm in the storage facility -- called an igloo because of its domed shape -- alerted officials to the presence of mustard agent vapor in the building. \r\n The APG Fire Department and an Army technical escort team sealed off the igloo, and about 1 p.m. emergency workers placed a portable filter on the outside vent of the building to prevent the escape of mustard agent. \r\n The Harford County Emergency Operations Center was notified at 10:25 a.m. and was told there was no danger beyond the storage yard, county officials said. \r\n Workers at an APG chemical neutralization facility near the site of the leak were temporarily relocated. Officials said that no one had entered the facility as of late Wednesday afternoon, so they do not know what caused the leak or how much agent was released. \r\n The Edgewood chemical storage yard has a number of igloos holding about 14,000 steel containers of mustard agent, according to APG officials. The agent has been stored there for nearly 60 years. \r\n Two Army personnel who responded to the incident suffered heat exhaustion while wearing protective clothing and were sent for medical treatment on the base. One was transferred to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for further evaluation. \r\n \r\n UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown2UnknownNoNoNoNoYesNo
UnknownBethesdaMaryland7/1/2004Six Hospitalized in Dry Cleaners Chemical Spill \r\n 7/1/2004 Bethesda, MD - At least six people have been hospitalized as a precaution Thursday morning after a hazardous chemical leaked out of a pipe and onto the floor of a dry cleaners in Bethesda. \r\n A spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service says a hazardous materials team was called to the 4,900 block of Cordell Avenue just before 10 o'clock Thursday morning. \r\n Lieutenant Oscar Garcia says 15 people were inside the store when about a gallon of perchloroethylene spilled onto the floor. Six people complained of trouble breathing and were hospitalized after inhaling the vapors. \r\n Garcia says the store will be closed indefinitely until the pipe is fixed. \r\n \r\n UnknownUnknownUnknown6UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.BaltimoreMaryland8/23/2004Incident Report # 732780 \r\n \r\n INCIDENT DESCRIPTION \r\n \r\n *Report taken by: E4 PREBBLE at 18:04 on 23-AUG-04 \r\n \r\n Incident Type: PIPELINE \r\n \r\n Incident Cause: OPERATOR ERROR \r\n \r\n Affected Area: \r\n \r\n The incident occurred on 23-AUG-04 at 14:40 local time. \r\n \r\n Affected Medium: AIR \r\n \r\n _______________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n REPORTING PARTY \r\n \r\n Name: MICHAEL BOWLING \r\n \r\n Organization: BALT. GAS & ELECTRIC CO. \r\n \r\n Address: POB 1475 > \r\n \r\n ID# 56299 \r\n \r\n BALTIMORE, MD 21202 \r\n \r\n BALT. GAS & ELECTRIC CO. called for the responsible party. \r\n \r\n PRIMARY Phone: (410)2915135 \r\n \r\n Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE \r\n \r\n _______________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY \r\n \r\n Name: MICHAEL BOWLING \r\n \r\n Organization: BALT. GAS & ELECTRIC CO. \r\n \r\n Address: POB 1475 > \r\n \r\n ID# 56299 \r\n \r\n BALTIMORE, MD 21202 \r\n \r\n PRIMARY Phone: (410)2915135 \r\n \r\n Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE \r\n \r\n ________________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n INCIDENT LOCATION \r\n \r\n 1120 COOKS LN County: BALTIMORE \r\n \r\n City: BALTIMORE State: MD \r\n \r\n _______________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n RELEASED MATERIAL(S) \r\n \r\n CHRIS Code: ONG Official Material Name: NATURAL GAS \r\n \r\n Also Known As: \r\n \r\n Qty Released: 0 UNKNOWN AMOUNT \r\n \r\n ________________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT \r\n \r\n A CONTRACTOR WORKING FOR BALTIMORE CITY DPW STRUCK A 26 INCH OHP GAS MAIN. \r\n \r\n ________________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n INCIDENT DETAILS \r\n \r\n Pipeline Type: DISTRIBUTION \r\n \r\n DOT Regulated: YES \r\n \r\n Pipeline Above/Below Ground: BELOW \r\n \r\n Exposed or Under Water: NO \r\n \r\n Pipeline Covered: UNKNOWN \r\n \r\n ______________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n DAMAGES \r\n \r\n Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN \r\n \r\n INJURIES: Hospitalized: Empl/Crew: Passenger: \r\n \r\n FATALITIES: Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: \r\n \r\n EVACUATIONS:40 Who Evacuated:EVERYONE Radius/Area:.1 Mile(s) \r\n \r\n Damages: \r\n \r\n Hours Direction of \r\n \r\n Closure Type Description of Closure Closed Closure \r\n \r\n Air: N \r\n \r\n Road: Y 900-1200 COOKS LN / INTERSTATE 3.5 ALL Major Y \r\n \r\n ROUTE 70 AND COOKS LN Artery: \r\n \r\n Waterway: N \r\n \r\n Track: N \r\n \r\n Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: NO \r\n \r\n ______________________________________________________________________ \r\n \r\n REMEDIAL ACTIONS \r\n \r\n THROTTLING DOWN THE MAIN TO MAKE REPAIRS \r\n \r\n Release Secured: NO \r\n \r\n Release Rate: \r\n \r\n Estimated Release Duration: \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n *** END INCIDENT REPORT 732780 *** \r\n UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Cloverland Dairy Product CompanyBaltimoreMaryland11/1/2004Ammonia Leak in Northeast Baltimore \r\n 11/1/2004 Baltimore, MD - Fire officilas now know what caused an ammonia leak at a Northeast Baltimore business early this morning. \r\n It happened at the Cloverland Dairy Product Company in the 2700 block of Loch Raven Road near Exetor Hall Avenue. \r\n Fire crews were called to the scene just after Midnight when employees detected a strong odor. \r\n A box on top of the building was determined to be the cause of the leak. A hose attached to the box ruptured and caused the odor. \r\n No one was injured. \r\n Everything is now back to normal in the area around the leak. \r\n The leak also forced the closing of Coldstream Park Elementary School on Monday. \r\n \r\n UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
NeutronDickersonMaryland11/10/2004Tank ruptures at Neutron in Dickerson \r\n Fire officials say no radioactive materials released \r\n 11/10/04 Dickerson, MD -- A chemical tank ruptured this morning at a radioactive processing plant in Dickerson, prompting a response by the county’s hazardous materials team. No radioactive materials were involved in the incident or released during the rupture, fire officials said. \r\n At 10:30 a.m., units from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to a report of smoke coming from the roof of a building on the six-acre Neutron Products campus, located at 22301 Mount Ephraim Road, said Pete Piringer, a fire and rescue spokesman. \r\n Instead of finding a fire, rescue workers discovered that a 300-gallon chemical tank had overheated, expanded and ruptured, damaging walls and creating a hole in the roof of the 800-square-foot “containment” room where it was located, Piringer said. \r\n The room had been designed to withstand an explosion and contain any materials released in such an incident, Piringer said. Although he emphasized that the rupture was not an explosion, the room’s design successfully contained the incident, Piringer said. The smoke that was reported was instead debris from the damaged roof and was not caused by fire, Piringer said. \r\n The ruptured tank contained a chemical manufactured by Neutron Products for the industrial treatment of sewage, the name of which Piringer did not know. \r\n There were no injuries as a result of the rupture, although two Neutron Products employees were evaluated at the scene as a precautionary measure, Piringer said. \r\n Fire and rescue units from Frederick and Montgomery counties also responded to the scene, in addition to officials from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the county Department of Environmental Protection, Piringer said. \r\n It was not necessary to evacuate any nearby homes as a result of the rupture, Piringer said. \r\n As of 1 p.m. today, the county’s Hazardous Incident Response Team and county building inspectors remained at the scene to evaluate the building’s condition, said Piringer, who had no financial estimates for the damage. \r\n Neutron Products has for years been a source of anxiety in the area. The 37-year-old company, which until recently used radioactive cobalt 60 to sterilize and manufacture medical equipment, has been under pressure by state officials after racking up hundreds of regulatory violations. Inspectors padlocked the company’s manufacturing operation in 2002 after a lengthy court battle over Neutron’s failure to comply with state regulations that went into effect four years earlier.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
WL Gore & AssociatesFair HillMaryland3/28/2005Explosion closes Gore plant in Md.\nNo one hurt in fire, but damage to building estimated at $750,000\n3/28/2005 ¿ Fair Hill, MD - An explosion Monday ripped through the W.L. Gore & Associates plant near Fair Hill, Md., causing heavy structural damage and forcing the evacuation of more than 150 company employees. \nNo one was injured in the two-alarm blaze reported at 4:59 p.m., Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor said. \nIt took an hour for about 60 firefighters from Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania to get the flames under control because debris from the explosion hampered access to the basement, where the fire began, Taylor said. \nDamage to the masonry-and-steel building was estimated at $750,000. \n"Structural engineers are going to need to go out there and evaluate the entire area," Taylor said. \nThe cause of the fire is under investigation. \nCompany spokesman Ed Schneider said the explosion left a 20-by-30-foot hole in the back of the building and collapsed the roof. \nThe facility, which manufactures filter bags, will be closed until the investigation is complete, he said. \nThe building had automatic sprinkler and fire alarm systems, which activated. But a portion of the sprinkler system was damaged by the explosion. \nTaylor said industrial fires pose greater risks to firefighters because a typically large space means there are more objects to burn. And heavy smoke makes it easier for firefighters to become disoriented. \n"Depth perception is one of the first things you lose in a smoky environment," he said. \nMaryland Occupational Safety and Health Department also is investigating. \nhttp://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2005/03/29explosioncloses.html\n101 - 500UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownYesNoNoNoNoNo
Life-Like ProductsBaltimoreMaryland4/12/2005Huge fire destroys second manufacturing warehouse since January \n\n4/12/05 BALTIMORE, MD - A raging fire, fueled by foam materials, destroyed a manufacturing building in the city's Brooklyn area, with firefighters battling for hours overnight before bringing it under control early Tuesday. \n\nThe fire is the second in three months at a Life-Like Products warehouse in the Baltimore area. A fire Jan. 14 at the company's warehouse in West Baltimore went to five alarms. No one was injured in that blaze. \n\nThe latest fire at the company's facility on Chesapeake Avenue was reported about 10:30 p.m. and quickly went to four alarms as flames and thick black smoke rose from the large corrugated metal building. \n\nA fire captain was injured when a cinder block fell on him, fire officials said. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Workers in the building fled to safety. \n\nThe fire was brought under control just before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. \n\nNancy Leone, 54, said she was in the "screening room" packaging foam crates made in the building when Styrofoam insulation plugging a drafty spot nearby "started popping." \n\n"Next think I know, (a co-worker) came in and yelled, 'Everyone out,"' she said. \n\nLeone said fire sprinklers in the building came on as she and about 25 others on the 3:30-to-11:45 night shift fled. "I just kept running." \n\nFire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said the fact that there were people in the building when the fire broke out could help investigators determine the origin of the blaze. \n\nLife-Like Products got its start 50 years ago as a manufacturer of foam tunnels and grass mats for model railroad hobbyists, according to its corporate web site. The company manufactures foam coolers and custom molding products with factories in Baltimore; Chicago; Los Angeles; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Waxahachie, Texas; and Rome, Georgia. \n\nhttp://www.abc2news.com/news/new-site/05-04-12-warehouse-fire.shtml\n\n \n\nVideo: http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/4369699/detail.html\nUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownNoNoNoNoYesYes
Royster-Clark CompanyWhitefordMaryland5/12/2005Ammonia Spill Just South Of Pa. Border Smaller Than First Through\n\n5/12/2005 WHITEFORD, MD -- Harford County emergency officials say the spill Thursday morning at a fertilizer plant in Whiteford, Md., is not as big as first thought, but three people have been taken to the hospital. \n\nCounty spokeswoman Merrie Street said the liquid was aqua-ammonia, a 24 percent solution of ammonia in water. About 4,000 gallons spilled when it was being delivered to the Royster Clark plant just south of the Pennsylvania state line. \n\nThe spill is about half the size of the original estimate, and Street said all but an estimated 1,500 gallons was contained inside the plant. The rest is outside, in an area designed to contain spills. \n\nStreet said the liquid is being diluted with water. Since it is routinely used on agricultural fields, it does not need to be cleaned up. \n\nArea residents were told to remain in their homes with the windows closed. About 20 people sought shelter at the Whiteford Fire Company complaining of itchy, watery eyes. Street said two women and 9-year-old child have been taken to Upper Chesapeake Hospital in Bel Air. \n\nStreet said there is still a strong odor in the area, but it is being safely dispersed by the wind. Roads in the area have reopened. \n\nThe leak forced the Delta Peach Bottom Elementary School in York County to hold morning kindergarten students until 3:20 p.m. as a precaution. \n\nAfternoon kindergarten was cancelled. \n\nThe school is less than two miles from the plant, but school officials said there was no danger to the students.\n\nhttp://www.thewgalchannel.com/news/4483194/detail.html\n1 - 100UnknownUnknown3UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Royster-Clark CompanyWhitefordMaryland5/12/2005Ammonia Spill In Harford County \n5/12/05 Whiteford, MD. (AP) Roads have been reopened in the Whiteford area of Harford County, where an ammonia leak caused about 20 residents to seek shelter at a local fire company. \nThe Harford County Sheriff's Office says the aqua-ammonia leak happened this morning at the Royster-Clark Company, a fertilizing business just south of the Pennsylvania line. Aqua-ammonia is diluted with water and contains 24 percent ammonia. \nAbout 4,000 gallons of the solution leaked while workers were trying to load it into a receiving tank. About 1500 gallons escaped the containment area and leaked into an open pit. \nAmmonia has a pungent odor, which was spread through the area by prevailing winds. About 20 people sought shelter at the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company, and three were taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with minor eye and skin irritations. No other injuries were reported. \nSeveral area businesses temporarily shut down or closed their doors during the spill.\n\nhttp://wjz.com/localstories/local_story_132120650.html\n1 - 100UnknownUnknown3UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Cecil County LandfillCecil CountyMaryland6/22/2005Chemical fumes injure 5\nCounty landfill evacuated \n6/23/05 Cecil County, MD -- The Cecil County Landfill was evacuated Wednesday after five workers were exposed to a hazardous chemical found in a load of trash.\nThose exposed, all county employees, were decontaminated before being treated at Union Hospital and later released.\nThey were identified as landfill superintendent James Keithley and employees John Killman, Phil Hoderfield, Walter Trego and Tom Johnson.\nExposure to the chemical, identified by officials as methylene chloride, a carcinogen, can cause difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, chemical burns and other health effects, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.\nThe chemical arrived at the landfill in a 55-gallon drum Wednesday, said Department of Public Works Director Matheu Carter.\nTwo equipment operators discovered the drum mixed in with a load of trash being dumped from a truck shortly after noon and called a supervisor, Carter said.\nAs Keithley approached the drum in hopes of obtaining a phone number, he said he was exposed to its contents.\n"There appeared to be vapors coming off of it," said Keithley, 44. "As soon as I walked up on it, I got this really bad taste in my mouth. I knew I had been exposed."\nKeithley, who said his exposure was more severe than the four other employees, became short of breath and nauseous. The department of emergency services was then notified.\nAbout 40 emergency workers, including hazardous materials units from Harford County and the Maryland Department of the Environment spill response team, converged on the landfill. The landfill was shut down for the day.\nTwo firefighters - one from Elkton and one from Pennsylvania - were decontaminated at the scene, but were not transported for treatment, said Shawn Day, assistant fire chief of the North East Fire Company.\nOfficials determined the drum, which was nearly empty at the time, was inadvertently placed into a Dumpster by Colonial Metals Inc. of Elkton.\nThe solid waste and environmental crimes unit of the Maryland Department of the Environment is investigating, said department spokesman Richard McIntire.\n"We have to figure out how it got into the Dumpster," McIntire said.\nPreliminary information indicates Colonial Metals' maintenance crew workers were cleaning a warehouse and threw the nearly empty drum into a roll-off Dumpster, McIntire said.\nA Colonial Metals representative, who declined to identify himself, said he had no comment.\nMethylene chloride is used in paint and varnish strippers, as well as degreasing agents and the production of film and synthetic fibers.\nCarter said the 418-acre landfill accepts 350 tons of trash per day, but no hazardous materials barring a few exceptions like some asbestos and motor oil, which is recycled.\n"We don't receive any kind of drum unless it is properly prepared, which involves emptying, cleaning and crushing," Carter said.\nRefuse accepted at the landfill is weighed and directed to an open area for dumping called a cell, where workers are on the lookout for any hazardous or inappropriate material, Carter said.\n"It probably flopped out with the other trash," he said. "My guess is, it wasn't visible in the truck load and when it was dumped it became visible to the operator."\nThough one truck driver became irate when told he would not be able to dump his load of trash because the landfill was closed, most seemed to agree that landfill and emergency personnel did a good job handling the incident.\n"I think they did a very good job," said Butch Snelling, whose sign shop is located on the landfill grounds. "They were very quick on it. I got a phone call to evacuate."\nKeithley, who said he was tired and worn out, but otherwise OK, agreed.\n"Everybody did what they were supposed to do and it worked out great," he said. "They went way above and beyond their job."\nThe landfill will be open today, Carter said.\nhttp://www.cecilwhig.com/articles/2005/06/23/news/01.txtUnknownUnknownUnknown5UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
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Maryland Port AuthorityDundalkMaryland6/29/2005Acid spills at Dundalk port facility\nCrews work to clean up more than 1,000 gallons of liquid after tank leaks \n6/30/05 Dundalk, MD -- More than 1,000 gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid leaked out of a plastic tank at the Dundalk Marine Terminal yesterday in an accident that a state environmental official called serious but not a public threat. \nCrews worked furiously yesterday afternoon to clean up the leak before rain could react with the 1,200 to 1,500 gallons of acid to produce dangerous heat and steam, said Richard McIntire, spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment. \nThe liquid leaked through a crack in the new tank and into a containment area surrounded by a 4-foot-high wall designed to prevent spills, McIntire said. \nBecause the acid, which is three times stronger than the sulfuric acid in a car battery, would singe clothing and burn skin it came into contact with, "I would consider this fairly serious, but not a public hazard," McIntire said. \nOne cleanup worker had to be rinsed with water after coming into brief contact with the acid, McIntire said. No injuries were reported. \nThe acid was held in a plastic tank and is used to treat chemicals that leach into the Patapsco River surrounding the 570-acre terminal for cargo and cruise ships, said J. B. Hanson, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Authority, which operates the facility. \nAbout 10:30 a.m., a worker detected the leak, Hanson said. It took place in an unused area of a berth on the easternmost end of the terminal, the spokesman said. He said leaks are rare at the facility, and there hadn't been one in at least a year. \nThe accident triggered a cleanup done by a private company and monitored by an emergency responder from the state environment department, McIntire said. Crews transferred the acid into another tank, McIntire said. \nAlthough the terminal, which refused to allow visitors on site, said the operation had been completed by late afternoon, workers wearing brightly colored jackets could be seen - from a half-mile away on Sollers Point - still working at that time to clean up the leak. \nBy 8 p.m., McIntire said that the cleanup had ended. He said a state hazardous waste crew would visit today. \nhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.spill30jun30,1,1432641.story?coll=bal-local-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true\nUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Port of DundalkDundalkMaryland6/30/2005Acid spills at Dundalk port facility\nCrews work to clean up more than 1,000 gallons of liquid after tank leaks \n6/30/2005 Dundalk, MD - More than 1,000 gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid leaked out of a plastic tank at the Dundalk Marine Terminal yesterday in an accident that a state environmental official called serious but not a public threat. \nCrews worked furiously yesterday afternoon to clean up the leak before rain could react with the 1,200 to 1,500 gallons of acid to produce dangerous heat and steam, said Richard McIntire, spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment. \nThe liquid leaked through a crack in the new tank and into a containment area surrounded by a 4-foot-high wall designed to prevent spills, McIntire said. \nBecause the acid, which is three times stronger than the sulfuric acid in a car battery, would singe clothing and burn skin it came into contact with, "I would consider this fairly serious, but not a public hazard," McIntire said. \nOne cleanup worker had to be rinsed with water after coming into brief contact with the acid, McIntire said. No injuries were reported. \nThe acid was held in a plastic tank and is used to treat chemicals that leach into the Patapsco River surrounding the 570-acre terminal for cargo and cruise ships, said J. B. Hanson, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Authority, which operates the facility. \nAbout 10:30 a.m., a worker detected the leak, Hanson said. It took place in an unused area of a berth on the easternmost end of the terminal, the spokesman said. He said leaks are rare at the facility, and there hadn't been one in at least a year. \nThe accident triggered a cleanup done by a private company and monitored by an emergency responder from the state environment department, McIntire said. Crews transferred the acid into another tank, McIntire said. \nAlthough the terminal, which refused to allow visitors on site, said the operation had been completed by late afternoon, workers wearing brightly colored jackets could be seen - from a half-mile away on Sollers Point - still working at that time to clean up the leak. \nBy 8 p.m., McIntire said that the cleanup had ended. He said a state hazardous waste crew would visit today.\nhttp://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.spill30jun30,1,1432641.story?coll=bal-local-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true\nUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Aberdeen Proving GroundBaltimoreMaryland10/19/2005Incident Report # 776702\n\n INCIDENT DESCRIPTION\n\n *Report taken by: CIV JOHNSON at 13:00 on 19-OCT-05\n\n Incident Type: STORAGE TANK\n\n Incident Cause: UNKNOWN\n\n Affected Area: \n\n The incident occurred on 19-OCT-05 at 12:15 local time.\n\n Affected Medium: LAND / ASPHALT PARKING LOT\n\n REPORTING PARTY\n\n Name: ANDREW MURPHY\n\n Organization: ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND\n\n Address: BUILDING 4304 \n\n ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD 21005\n\n PRIMARY Phone: (410)3062283 \n\n Type of Organization: MILITARY\n\n SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY\n\n Name: UNKNOWN\n\n Organization: ROADWAY TRUCKING CO.\n\n XX\n\n Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE\n\n INCIDENT LOCATION\n\n County: HARFORD\n\n City: ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND State: MD \n\n BUILDING E3330 ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND\n\n RELEASED MATERIAL(S)\n\n CHRIS Code: CRF Official Material Name: CHLOROFORM\n\n Also Known As: \n\n Qty Released: 3 GALLON(S) \n\n DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT\n\n CHLOROFORM RELEASED FROM THREE ONE GALLON CONTAINERS DUE TO\n\n CONTAINERS WERE IN A BOX AND THE BOX FELL DURING UNLOADING.\n\n INCIDENT DETAILS\n\n Description of Tank: THREE 1 GALLON CONTAINERS\n\n Tank Above/Below Ground: ABOVE\n\n Transportable Container: YES\n\n Tank Regulated: UNKNOWN\n\n Tank Regulated By:\n\n Tank ID:\n\n Capacity of Tank: 1 GALLON(S)\n\n Actual Amount: \n\n DAMAGES\n\n Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN\n\n INJURIES: 2 Hospitalized: 2 Empl/Crew: Passenger:\n\n FATALITIES: Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant:\n\n EVACUATIONS: Who Evacuated: Radius/Area:\n\n Damages:\n\n Hours Direction of\n\n Closure Type Description of Closure Closed Closure\n\n Air: N\n\n Road: N Major N\n\n Artery:\n\n Waterway: N\n\n Track: N\n\n Passengers Transferred: NO \n\n Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: NO \nUnknownUnknownUnknown2UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Perdue Farms PlantSalisburyMaryland12/13/2005Chemical Explosion Reported At Perdue Plant\n\nExplosion Injures Three Or Four People\n\nSALISBURY, MD--Fire officials in Salisbury, Md., said there was a reported chemical explosion Tuesday morning at the Perdue Farms Plant on Route 50. \n\nAccording to the Associated Press, Fire department spokesman Steve Dickerson said the explosion happened about 5:30 a.m. while a truck was unloading sodium chlorite. \n\nDickerson said the exact cause of the explosion has yet to be determined. \n\nOfficials said three or four people were transported to the hospital following the explosion. \n\nWorkers also reported a partial building collapse. \n\nPerdue reportedly said the plant will be closed today, but they have not commented on the explosion.\n\nhttp://www.nbc4.com/news/5523554/detail.html\n\n Several Injuries In Chicken Plant Blast \nTuesday, December 13, 2005\nWBAL Radio and The Associated Press\n\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \nSALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Three people were hurt after a chemical explosion before dawn Tuesday at a Perdue Farms Inc. poultry processing plant, emergency authorities and a company spokeswoman said.\n\nWorkers reported the explosion and a partial building collapse about 5:30 a.m.\n\n"There was apparently an explosion in the wastewater management area of the Salisbury facility," said Julie DeYoung, the Perdue spokeswoman. "Two of our associates and one independent truck driver have been transported to a local hospital."\n\nPolice and firefighters said the injuries were "very minor."\n\nWicomico County emergency management personnel and firefighters said the chemical was sodium chlorite.\n\nIt was being unloaded from a truck at the time of the explosion, according to Steve Dickerson, a Salisbury Fire Department spokesman.\n\n"The building has been damaged and currently has been shut down and has been evacuated," DeYoung said.\n\nThe cause of the explosion is under investigation by the company and local authorities.\n\n\n \n\n*Further screening underway\nA few days later, potential risk indicated (contrary to screening conversation with Perdue VP): SALISBURY, MD. — A truck driver’s error is being blamed for a pre-dawn Tuesday explosion at a Perdue Farms Inc. poultry processing plant that injured three people. \n\nThe explosion, which happened about 5:20 a.m., occurred when the driver delivering sodium chlorite mistakenly pumped the liquid into a tank containing 2,000 gallons of ferric chloride. Fire officials compared the result to mixing vinegar and baking soda. \n\n"The two are not compatible,'" said Salisbury Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Records.\n\nThe reaction caused the tank to explode, throwing out a steel roll-up door and causing parts of the roof to collapse. \n\n"It blew (the door) out in the shape of a ‘C’, just blew it out and made a horseshoe shape out of it," Mr. Records said.\n\nThe chemical reaction could have been much worse, but the force of the blast ruptured a water line in the wastewater building. That sent water spewing, helping to dilute the two chemicals, Mr. Records said. It was also fortunate that the explosion occurred before more workers arrived. \n\n"If that had been another period of the day, there would’ve been a lot more people there," he said. "There very easily could’ve been someone killed."\n\nTwo of the three injured men complained of irritated eyes and throats and were treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury and released. A truck driver was being held at the hospital for X-rays and a longer exam, although his injuries didn’t appear life-threatening, Mr. Records said. \n\nNone of the workers was named, although Mr. Records said the driver was not a Perdue employee and apparently didn’t know his truck was not even supposed to be parked alongside the building because of the chemicals his tanker contained. \n\nPerdue Farms spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said the plant was closed Tuesday. It was too early to tell how long until the plant could resume operations, though Mr. Records said the wastewater building would likely be condemned.\n\nIt was the first industrial accident at the Salisbury Perdue plant since late 2002, when there was anhydrous ammonia leak. None of the employees were injured, but two firefighters received minor injuries. \nhttp://www.meatpoultry.com/headline_stories.asp?ArticleID=77129UnknownUnknownUnknown3UnknownUnknownYesNoNoYesNoNo
Allen Family FoodsHurlockMaryland1/3/2006Incident Report # 784270 - - *Report taken by: CIV WILLIAMS at 16:23 on 04-JAN-06 - - Incident Type: FIXED - - Incident Cause: EQUIPMENT FAILURE - - The incident occurred on 03-JAN-06 at 08:47 local time. - - Affected Medium: AIR TO ATMOSPHERE. - - REPORTING PARTY - - Name: TOM BRINSON - - Organization: ALLEN FAMILY FOODS - - Address: 274 NEALSON STREET - - HURLOCK, MD 21643 - - ALLEN FAMILY FOODS called for the responsible party. - - PRIMARY Phone: (410)9433989 - - Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE - - INCIDENT LOCATION - - 274 NEALSON STREET County: DORCHESTER - - City: HURLOCK State: MD Zip: 21643 - - POULTY PLANT - - RELEASED MATERIAL(S) - - CHRIS Code: AMA Official Material Name: AMMONIA, ANHYDROUS - - Also Known As: - - Qty Released: 128 POUND(S) - - CALLER STATED THERE WAS A RELEASE OF MATERIALS DUE TO EQUIPMENT FAILURE ON A BLAST FREEZER. - - Type of Fixed Object: OTHER - - NPDES Compliance: UNKNOWN - - DAMAGES - - Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN - - INJURIES: Hospitalized: Empl/Crew: Passenger: - - FATALITIES: Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: - - EVACUATIONS:150 Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area: - - Closures None Passengers Transferred: NO - - Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: NO - - REMEDIAL ACTIONS - - THEY ACTIVATED THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM, THEY ISOLATED THE PIPING TO THE UNIT THAT WAS LEAKING. - - Release Secured: YES - - WEATHER - - Weather: RAINY, 40ºF Wind speed: 5 MPH Wind direction: NE - - 101 - 500UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Owens CorningJessupMaryland1/30/2006Asphalt tank in Jessup explodes - 1/302/006 JESSUP, MD--A liquid-asphalt storage tank exploded into flames at an Owens Corning shingle plant in Jessup yesterday evening, drawing dozens of firefighters from Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties to prevent the blaze from spreading to adjacent tanks. There were no injuries. The cause of the blaze on the grounds of the Baltimore-Washington Industrial Park, off U.S. 1, could not be immediately determined, said Bill Mould, a spokesman for Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The fire was reported at 5:33 p.m. and was declared contained about two hours later. But firefighters planned to stay to monitor the situation throughout the night. "There was an explosion and the roof continued to burn," said Jason Saragian, a spokesman for Owens Corning. "How and why is still the focus of the investigation." Aerial tower trucks were used to pour water onto the nearby tanks of liquid asphalt, which is used to make roof shingles. Plumes of black smoke filled the air, and the exterior of the 3,300-gallon asphalt tank appeared to be on fire. Fire officials said they did not put water directly on the blaze for fear of bursting the tank. Instead, they sprayed water on the exterior to keep it cool. A chemical powder, typically used for aircraft fires, was brought from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to help extinguish the fire. The fire erupted in an industrial area in the 8200 block of Patuxent Range Road. No homes are in the immediate vicinity. Officials from the Maryland Department of the Environment were on the scene, assessing the risk from runoff and smoke. - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/howard/bal-md.ho.asphalt31jan31,1,5606424.story?coll=bal-local-howard - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownYesNoNoNoNoYes
Exxon MobilBaltimore CountyMaryland2/16/2006Thousands of gallons of gasoline spilled in northern Baltimore county - 2.16.06 BALTIMORE, Maryland - State environmental officials say it may take several years to clean up after a 25-thousand gallon gasoline spill from an underground tank in the Jacksonville area of northern Baltimore County. Officials say the leak came from a tank at an ExxonMobil gas station at the intersection of Jarrettsville Pike and Paper Mill Road. The problem began Thursday, but Maryland Department of the Environment officials say authorities were not notified of the leak until Friday. Since then, they've been monitoring for potentially hazardous vapors and testing utilities and the groundwater for signs of contamination. M-B-E Secretary Kendl Philbrick says the cause of the leak is still being investigated. She says the state will push Exxon to recover as much of the gasoline as quickly as possible since the leak is in a high-risk groundwater area where many of the residents get their water from underground wells. ExxonMobil officials did not immediately return a telephone request for comment. State officials plan to meet tonight with the neighborhood community association to brief them on the extent of the problem and on the ongoing clean-up efforts. That meeting will be at 7:30 p-m at the Jacksonville Elementary School. - http://www.abc2news.com/news/new-site/06-02-21-gas-spill.shtml - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
New Page Luke MillWesternportMaryland2/21/2006Chemical leak sickens students - Westernport Elementary School evacuated, 40 sent home after accidental release from NewPage's Luke millWesternport - - 2.21.06 WESTERNPORT, Maryland - Nearly 300 Westernport Elementary School students and staff were evacuated Tuesday when a common chemical added for odor detection to natural gas was briefly released from NewPage Luke mill. Allegany County Health Officer Dr. Sue Raver said approximately 40 students were sent home from Westernport Elementary and Westmar Middle School with complaints of nausea or respiratory symptoms.Those evacuated were transported to the middle school when gas from the accidental leak entered the elementary school through the heating and ventilation system. Different respiratory complaints, headaches and dizziness warranted assessment and the treatment of four individuals at the elementary school, with several more needing treatment once arriving at the middle school. “The rescue squad was giving oxygen to some at the scene,” Lt. Dennis Steiding of the Potomac Volunteer Fire Department said of the adults and children receiving attention. The Allegany County Department of Emergency Services and Communications also reported that two adults were transported to the Western Maryland Health System's Sacred Heart campus for conditions that appeared to be asthma-related.“None of the children or staff was ever in any danger,” Superintendent William AuMiller said of the situation that was thought originally to be caused by a natural gas leak. In a statement prepared and released jointly by the NewPage Corp. and the Allegany County Health Department, the paper mill said a small amount of a colorless gas liquid was released about 8 a.m. That quantity contained less than 1 percent of Methyl Mercaptan, which Raver explained is “a natural substance released from decaying matter. It's a colorless gas with a smell like rotten cabbage or rotten eggs.” “At levels lower than OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) permissible limits, Methyl Mercaptan can cause a variety of symptoms including respiratory irritation, cough, wheezing and tightening of the chest, as well as nausea and vomiting,” Raver said.The resulting odor that was more noticeable due to prevailing wind direction caused emergency personnel to receive numerous calls from as far away as Dale's Pit Stop on U.S. Route 220 immediately after the incident.The Potomac Volunteer Fire Department was notified at 8:31 a.m. of an apparent odor trapped within Westernport Elementary School leading to a joint decision by emergency personnel and the Allegany County Board of Education to move the students and staff to a safer location, according to Steiding.Tri-Towns and Potomac firefighters carry a fan inside Westernport Elementary Tuesday to air out the building. The middle school was chosen even though it also experienced the odor, but to a lesser degree.Westmar Middle School Principal Martin Crump reported that all went smoothly when the entire elementary student population and staff were transported to the middle school on top of the hill above town. Using food and supplies on hand, lunch for the hundreds of guests was arranged in a rotating schedule within 10 minutes of their arrival, according to Crump. “The school system's been working intensely on emergency planning for a year now,” Crump said. “It was evident today - the training really paid off.”Following the evacuation, firefighters worked to ventilate the school.“This is something we had to do for the safety of the kids,” Steiding said.Using natural ventilation and positive pressure electrical fans, the responding units had the structure cleared of odor within 45 minutes, Steiding said. After deeming the building safe, the heating system was restarted and the situation monitored for another 30 minutes.The students were transported back to the elementary school by early afternoon. Rick Watro, vice president for Luke Operations for NewPage Corp., said all readings taken inside the plant following the incident “were within OSHA guidelines and did not indicate a health hazard, which indicates there was no health hazard to the surrounding community.”“The Luke mill remained in compliance with all environmental regulations during this equipment outage,” he said.The Tri-Towns Volunteer Fire Company and EMS and Valley Medical Service ambulance personnel also assisted in the effort.At John Humbird Elementary School in Cumberland, more than 300 students were evacuated Tuesday after an oven fire was reported to Allegany County Emergency Services and Communications at 10:04 a.m.Cumberland Fire Department Deputy Chief Donald Dunn said it was “just like a flash of fire, not really a sustaining fire. We think something shorted out in it. They had just removed stuff from cooking. There was nothing in the oven.”Firefighters arrived on the scene at 10:05 a.m. and cleared at 10:25 a.m. School officials had already evacuated the students.“As soon as we found out what it was, we had them come back in,” said Dunn.Principal Frank Billard said about 330 students were out for approximately five minutes.“The hood exhaust fans took all the smoke out. The electric on the back of the oven shorted and burned off the insulation. The cooks turned on the exhaust fans and cleared the room of smoke,” said Billard. - - http://www.times-news.com/articles/2006/02/22/sections/top_stories/top01.prt - - 101 - 500UnknownUnknown4UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
AgriRecycleBladesMaryland3/15/2006Fire damages AgriRecycle plant - 3/16/2006 Blades, MD-- Hot embers from a dust extraction machine are believed to have caused heavy smoke that forced the evacuation of Perdue Farms' AgriRecycle complex south of Blades on Wednesday morning, fire investigators said. Julie DeYoung, Perdue Farms spokeswoman, said some of the materials in the plant -- which converts poultry manure into fertilizer pellets -- got overheated and began smoking. The smoke then filled the plant. "So some of the employees called 911," she said. The Blades Fire Department was sent to the Perdue facility on Enviro Way off alternate Route 13 at 7:58 a.m. for a reported structure fire, said Harry Miller, Delaware deputy state fire marshal. Miller said the Blades Fire Department was soon assisted by 17 neighboring companies from across the Delmarva Peninsula. DeYoung said eight employees working at the plant during the incident were evacuated. No injuries were reported. Fire investigators traced the cause of the fire to the machinery used to extract dust from a dryer and was caused by hot embers igniting combustibles, Miller said. Damages were confined to machinery and have been estimated at $100,000. The facility also sustained some water damage from the firefighters' efforts, DeYoung said. On Wednesday evening, De-Young said Perdue officials were still assessing the facility. However, the plant is not expected to lose too much production time as a result of the incident. "We expect to resume shipping product by (today) and be back to full strength no later than Monday," she said. Built in 2000, the $15 million Perdue AgriRecycle takes "litter" from more than 500 poultry houses on the Eastern Shore and makes organic fertilizer, company officials said. In its first four years, the plant moved about 100,000 tons from the area. - http://www.delmarvanow.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060316/NEWS01/603160305/1002 - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
University of Maryland Biotechnology InstituteBaltimoreMaryland4/3/2006Corrosive chemical spill closes area around UMBI - - - - 9/9/2006 Baltimore, MD-- A corrosive chemical spilled Friday afternoon in a fifth-floor laboratory of the downtown University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute building partially closing the sidewalk at the Inner Harbor to tourists and workers at the height of rush hour. Someone in the lab accidentally knocked over the bromine, a chemical that can cause severe burns and respiratory problems, just after 5 p.m., a fire department spokesman said. The worker was brought to an area hospital with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, Chief Kevin Cartwright said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the UMBI building, at 701 E. Pratt St., was evacuated. After using air-quality meters to test the room, Cartwright said, firefighters were planning to neutralize the spilled bromine with soda ash. A crowd gathered as at least nine fire vehicles — including a hazardous material unit — pulled up to the scene and the sidewalk was blocked. One man who said he worked nearby was told he couldn’t pull his car out of its parking space because the road was blocked. Told the emergency event was a spilled chemical, another man pronounced it “kind of boring” and walked away down Pratt Street, sliding his sunglasses on. - - - - http://www.examiner.com/a-273762~Corrosive_chemical_spill_closes_area_around_UMBI.html - - - - Unknown0010Unknownbromine 7726-95-6NoNoNoYesNoNo
unknownChestertownMaryland5/16/2006Unknown Chemical Leaks At Food Plant - - Eight Workers Faint - - 5/16/2006 Chestertown, MD-- Several employees at a Chestertown food processing plant were taken to a local hospital Tuesday complaining of nausea, headaches and dizziness after a suspected chemical leak, authorities said. - - - - Ken Smith, deputy director for Kent County emergency services, said paramedics responding just before 9 a.m. to a call of three people fainting at Chestertown Foods. Fire officials told 11 News that five more people fainted shortly thereafter. Paramedics called for hazardous materials crews and other assistance after more workers were stricken. Emergency responders cordoned off the plant and decontaminated all 250 workers with water, Smith said. The eight employees were transported to Chester River Hospital Center for observation and treatment, along with eight emergency responders as a precaution, Smith said. "At this time, we're calling it an unknown chemical leak," he said. "... They found a tank out back, but they're not sure if that's the culprit or not." Plant employees not taken to the hospital rode school buses to a gym at Washington College, where they were screened by officials with the Kent County Health Department and American Red Cross. College spokesman John Buettner said the school's dining service provided food for the plant employees, and that some foreign language faculty members served as translators for the evacuees, many of whom are native Spanish speakers. - - http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/9223544/detail.html - - 101 - 500UnknownUnknown8UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Choice Restoration ServicesBaltimoreMaryland5/18/2006Chemical Fire in Baltimore - - 5/24/2006 BALTIMORE, MD--News has learned at about 2 p.m. that fire crews responded to the 3300 block of Weedon Avenue at the Choice Restoration Services property, where fire officials said trash and tires are burning at the location. Fire crews have since called two alarms because of chemicals contained at the property. - - The fire spread to an adjacent vacant building. Hazardous materials crews have responded to the scene for reports of polyurethane, diesel fuel and epoxy at the scene. Fire officials told 11 News two firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries. Officials did not specify how the firefighters were injured. - - Fire officials told 11 News an employee heard some strange noises in a room, and found the fire when he opened the door. The employee and three others were able to evacuate the building safely. - - http://cms.firehouse.com/content/article/article.jsp?sectionId=46&id=49478 - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Delta ChemicalBaltimoreMaryland5/24/2006Chemical Spill In Curtis Bay - - 4/3/2006 BALTIMORE, MD--Firefighters are at a business in the Curtis Bay neighborhood where a spill of hydrochloric acid created a cloud. - Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright says it happened at Delta Chemical. He says about 500 gallons spilled, creating a cloud which has since dissipated. - Cartwright says a hazardous materials crew is monitoring the air, but there are currently no positive readings. - - http://wjz.com/topstories/local_story_093125743.html - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Harford County Wastewater Treatment PlantHarford CountyMaryland6/14/2006Power outage causes Harford sewage plant spill - 6/14/2006 Harford County, Maryland - A power outage at the Harford County wastewater treatment plant in Perryman this week caused nearly 100,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into nearby wetlands. The untreated water drained into the Sod Run wetlands Tuesday and might have reached Sod Run, which feeds into the Bush River, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment, which investigated the spill. "It is a fairly large marshlands area, and wetlands are good natural filters, but with the tides, it is possible that the spill mixed into Sod Run," said Chuck Gates, MDE spokesman. The spillage will decompose naturally in the swampy area, county officials said. Though plant workers will monitor the site, they will not be taking samples. The marsh area, which has been posted with details of the spill, is not open to anglers, boaters or the public. "The wastewater is in a swamp, basically mixing with mud, so it is difficult to pull samples," said Wayne Ludwig, county operations chief for water and sewer. "We will monitor visually and clean up any materials in the spilled wastewater. The swamp will naturally break down the organic matter, nutrients and germs." Raw sewage is mostly water with .03 percent pollutants. According to the amount of spill, Ludwig estimated it would have about 30 pounds of nitrogen and six pounds of phosphorus. Germs will be neutralized within five days, he said. Nutrients and organic material will decompose in about two weeks. The plant, which processes 13 million gallons of sewage daily, was conducting a planned power outage that allowed workers to work on the power system. Crews inadvertently disabled the computer that runs the pumps, officials said. Without the computer, the pumps sat idle and allowed incoming wastewater to overflow. The spill was discovered within about 20 minutes, officials said. A similar maintenance check on the power system was completed three years ago without incident, Ludwig said. Plant engineers will review the entire maintenance process in hopes of averting any future problems, he said. "We are fairly confident they are taking the right steps to prevent a recurrence," Gates said. In addition to MDE, plant officials have notified the county health department. - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/harford/bal-md.ha.spill15jun15,1,5620351,print.story?ctrack=1&cset=true - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
UPM PharmacueticalsBaltimoreMaryland9/8/2006Incident Report # 797599 - - - - *Report taken by: MST3 ALLISON at 10:36 on 18-MAY-06 - - - - Incident Type: FIXED - - - - Incident Cause: UNKNOWN - - - - The incident occurred on 18-MAY-06 at 09:32 local time. - - - - Affected Medium: OTHER INSIDE OF THE BUILDING - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - REPORTING PARTY - - - - Name: DAN LICHAROWICZ - - - - Organization: BALTIMORE FIRE DEPT - - - - Address: 200 NORTH HOLIDAY STREET - - - - BALTIMORE, MD 21202 - - - - PRIMARY Phone: (410)3965684 - - - - Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY - - - - Name: UNKNOWN - - - - Organization: UPM PHARMACUETICALS - - - - Address: 6200 FREEPORT CENTER - - - - BALTIMORE, MD - - - - Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - INCIDENT LOCATION - - - - 6200 FREEPORT CENTER County: BALTIMORE - - - - City: BALTIMORE State: MD - - - - UPM PHARMACUETICALS - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - RELEASED MATERIAL(S) - - - - CHRIS Code: SDH Official Material Name: SODIUM HYDRIDE - - - - Qty Released: 10 LITER(S) - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT - - - - CALLER STATED THAT 10 LITERS OF SODIUM HYDRIDE SPILLED INSIDE OF A - - - - PHARMACUETICAL FACILITY (ROOM 198). IT IS UNKNOWN WHAT CAUSED THE - - - - SPILL OR WHAT IT IS SPILLING FROM. AN UKNOWN AMOUNT OF PEOPLE HAVE - - - - BEEN EVACUATED FROM THE FACILITY. - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - INCIDENT DETAILS - - - - Type of Fixed Object: OTHER - - - - Power Generating Facility: UNKNOWN - - - - NPDES Compliance: UNKNOWN - - - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - - - DAMAGES - - - - Fire Involved: YES Fire Extinguished: YES - - - - INJURIES: Hospitalized: Empl/Crew: Passenger: - - - - FATALITIES: Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: - - - - EVACUATIONS: Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area: - - - - Damages: - - - - Hours Direction of - - - - Closure Types: None Passengers Transferred: UNKNOWN - - - - Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: NO - - - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - - - REMEDIAL ACTIONS - - - - FIRE HAS BEEN EXTUINGUISHED. HAZMAT TEAMS ARE ABOUT TO ENTER AND - - - - EVALUATE THE SITUATION. - - - - Release Secured: UNKNOWN - - - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - - - WEATHER - - - - Weather: SUNNY, ºF - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - - - - THE CALLER HAD LIMITED INFORMATION - - - - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Edgewood Chemical Biological CenterHarford CountyMaryland9/20/2006Toxic gas mishap at APG - - No injuries are reported; Army says 3 incidents in a week are unrelated; community is alarmed - - - - 4/20.2006 - Harford County, Maryland - Four Aberdeen Proving Ground employees were taken to a local hospital yesterday after a report of a chemical leak, the third incident in about a week during which workers were at risk of exposure to lethal substances at the Army base in Harford County. None of the workers was injured in the incident, the second at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot research and engineering facility within APG for chemical and biological defense. The center's director pledged a thorough review of safety procedures. Yesterday's incident involved phosgene, a toxic industrial chemical used as a choking agent in World War I and to make plastics and pesticides. Army officials say the three incidents are unrelated and their timing coincidental. Still, residents of surrounding communities, which had largely been calm since the base cleared a 1,600-ton stockpile of mustard agent last year, are worried. "That nobody has gotten hurt in the past week, that's luck, in my opinion," said Arlen Crabb, an environmental activist and member of the Restoration Advisory Board at APG. As part of a full-disclosure policy, base officials send alerts detailing accidents that require an emergency response. There are more than 65 tenants on the base, but of the handful of incidents disclosed in the past year, three have occurred at ECBC. In March last year, two employees were taken to a hospital for possible exposure to phosgene after a morning experiment mistakenly coincided with maintenance work on the building's air filter system. Last week, a power outage at an ECBC laboratory temporarily shut down the powerful fans that protect researchers from dangerous vapors. Employees working with mustard agent, GB, hydrogen cyanide and cyanogen chloride were treated on the base and released. A similar incident the day before at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense sent two workers to a local hospital for observation. APG is not the only major military facility in the region facing recent concerns about dangerous materials. It was reported this week that the Army's biological weapons defense laboratory at Fort Detrick in Frederick probably had multiple episodes of anthrax contamination as workers strove to process a flood of samples sent there for testing in 2001 and 2002, according to an internal report. The 361-page report, a copy of which was obtained by the Frederick News-Post, contains previously undisclosed details about the sometimes-sloppy practices that allowed anthrax spores to escape from biosafety containment labs at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. No one was hurt by the released spores. Yesterday's mishap at APG was attributed to corrosion within the thermos-bottle-size container used to store the phosgene, said Jim Zarzycki, director of the ECBC. A subsequent investigation will help determine whether additional precautions must be implemented, he said. "We are very concerned about our work force," Zarzycki said. "We work with very dangerous materials, and we can only do our job if we know how to work safely." Crabb noted that corroded storage containers have led to explosions in the past. He called for research facilities to consider policies that would require substances to be rotated among containers to avoid corrosion. Residents have long had a tenuous relationship with the military base. Lauded as Harford County's economic engine, APG's distinction as the region's largest employer will be bolstered in the next several years as a base realignment plan shifts thousands of jobs there. But over the years, residents and military officials have often sparred over concerns about the base's dangerous work. Among past incidents were reports of a leaking stockpile of mustard agent and unexploded ordnance buried within half a mile of homes and schools. "It's happening too soon and too much," said Judy Blomquist, a Havre de Grace resident and president of the grass-roots activist group Friends of Harford. "When accidents continue to happen, we would hope that there would be some accountability from the command forces and from the people who are in charge when things went wrong." About 8 a.m. yesterday, laboratory workers were conducting experiments with phosgene when one of them smelled the gas, Army officials said. Operations were shut down, and emergency personnel later found the valve on the phosgene cylinder was not completely closed as the bottle moved from one part of the lab to another. No phosgene was detected in the room, and any chemicals that escaped the container would have been trapped by laboratory filters and the building's environmental containment system, said APG spokeswoman Pat McClung. Four workers were sent to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air for evaluation. None displayed symptoms. A spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment said the agency thinks the recent incidents were handled appropriately and that the MDE agrees with APG's assessment that there have been no threats to public health. - - UnknownUnknownUnknown4UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Dairy Maid DairyFrederickMaryland1/5/2007Incident Report # 825523 - - - - *Report taken by: CIV LOTTIE JOHNSON at 07:36 on 05-FEB-07 - - - - Incident Type: FIXED - - - - Incident Cause: UNKNOWN - - - - Affected Area: - - - - The incident occurred on 05-FEB-07 at 05:30 local time. - - - - Affected Medium: AIR / ATMOSPHERE - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - REPORTING PARTY - - - - Name: TONY VONA - - - - Organization: DAIRY MAID DAIRY - - - - Address: 259 EAST 7TH ST. - - - - - - - - FREDERICK, MD 21701 - - - - DAIRY MAID DAIRY called for the responsible party. - - - - PRIMARY Phone: (301)6061174 - - - - Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY - - - - Name: TONY VONA - - - - Organization: DAIRY MAID DAIRY - - - - Address: 259 EAST 7TH ST. - - - - - - - - FREDERICK, MD 21701 - - - - PRIMARY Phone: (301)6061174 - - - - Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - INCIDENT LOCATION - - - - 259 EAST 7TH ST. County: FREDERICK - - - - City: FREDERICK State: MD Zip: 21701 - - - - - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - RELEASED MATERIAL(S) - - - - CHRIS Code: AMA Official Material Name: AMMONIA, ANHYDROUS - - - - Also Known As: - - - - Qty Released: 0 UNKNOWN AMOUNT - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT - - - - CALLER IS REPORTING A RELEASE OF ANHYDROUS AMMONIA FROM A LEAK ON A VALVE PACKING DUE TO UNKNOWN CAUSES. - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - INCIDENT DETAILS - - - - - - - - Building ID: - - - - Type of Fixed Object: FOOD PROCESSING PLANT - - - - Power Generating Facility: NO - - - - Generating Capacity: - - - - Type of Fuel: - - - - NPDES: - - - - NPDES Compliance: UNKNOWN - - - - _______________________________________________________________ - - - - - - - - DAMAGES - - - - Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN - - - - INJURIES: NO Hospitalized: Empl/Crew: Passenger: - - - - FATALITIES: NO Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: - - - - EVACUATIONS:YES 15 Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area: - - - - Damages: NO - - - - Passengers Transferred: NO - - - - Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: NO - - - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - - - REMEDIAL ACTIONS - - - - FIRE DEPT WAS CALLED, CLOSED THE VALVES - - - - Release Secured: YES - - - - Release Rate: - - - - Estimated Release Duration: - - 1 - 100UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Edy's Grande Ice-CreamLaurelMaryland2/27/2007Incident Report # 827641 - - - - *Report taken by: MST1 ALICIA BELMAS at 11:57 on 27-FEB-07 - - - - Incident Type: FIXED - - - - The incident occurred on 27-FEB-07 at 11:45 local time. - - - - Affected Medium: AIR //////ATMOSPHERE///// - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY - - - - Name: HARRY FAVRE - - - - Organization: EDY'S GRANDE ICE-CREAM - - - - PRIMARY Phone: (443)5423491 - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - INCIDENT LOCATION - - - - 9090 WHISKEY BOTTOM ROAD County: HOWARD - - - - City: LAUREL State: MD Zip: 20723 - - - - PRODUCTION LINE ROLLO #3 - - - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - - - RELEASED MATERIAL(S) - - - - CHRIS Code: AMA Official Material Name: AMMONIA, ANHYDROUS - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT - - - - CALLER IS REPORTING A RELEASE OF MATERIAL FROM A PIPE. THE RELEASE - - - - IS ON THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING. CALLER HAS VERY LITTLE INFORMATION. - - - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - - - DAMAGES - - - - EVACUATIONS:YES 200 Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area: - - - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - - - REMEDIAL ACTIONS - - - - INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY. - - - - Release Secured: YES - - - - 101 - 500UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Hagerstown Water, Sever and Electric FacilityHagerstownMaryland3/12/2007Explosion at Fertilizer Company - - 03/13/2007 Hagerstown, MD. Synagro Co. An explosion blew a hole through the roof of a fertilizer plant, but no one was seriously injured. Russell Grim of the Hagerstown Fire Dept., reportedly said: "They had a large tank used to process and there was dust collecting in the tank and the dust let off all at one time and blew the tank a part." The plant is part of the City of Hagerstown Water, Sewer and Electric facility, but Synagro, a private company operates the section of the building where the explosion happened and turns sewage into fertilizer. Four employees were inside the building at the time of the explosion. One person was hurt, but city officials said that person refused treatment. Michael Spiker, of Hagerstown Water & Sewer, reportedly told local media: "We're working through a process now of implementation in order to keep our sludge treatment process viable." - - http://www.nbc4.com/news/11244522/detail.html - - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownYesNoNoNoNoYes
City of Frederick Wastewater Treatment PlantFrederickMaryland3/15/2007Chlorine Leak Keeps People Indoors - - Md. Authorities Sealed Homes, Businesses Half Mile From Facility - - 3/15/2007 Frederick, MD-- A chlorine leak at a sewage treatment plant just outside Frederick, Md., today prompted authorities to order people within a half mile of the facility to seal off their homes or businesses and stay indoors for about two hours. Authorities gave the all-clear signal about 11 a.m., saying the gas had been contained. They opened roads and allowed people to leave their homes. The leak at the City of Frederick Wastewater Treatment Plant was reported shortly before 9 a.m. EDT, said Bill Dows, a spokesman for the Frederick Police Department. Hazmat crews from the Frederick County Fire Department and Fort Detrick, a nearby Army installation, responded to the emergency, he said. People in the area were ordered to stay inside with their windows and doors closed until they received an all-clear signal, Dows said. He said no evacuation was ordered, because that would potentially expose people to the toxic chemical. No injuries from the leak were reported. The plant is located just east of Frederick, Maryland's second-largest city, on Plant Road, off Gas House Pike. The plant discharges an average of 6.8 million gallons of treated sewage a day, according to the Frederick Department of Public Works. Fort Detrick is home to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and national biological research facilities. - - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/15/AR2007031500785.html - - - Incident Report # 830835 - - *Report taken by: CIV MICHAEL BARNWELL at 14:29 on 30-MAR-07 - - Incident Type: FIXED - - Incident Cause: EQUIPMENT FAILURE - - The incident occurred on 15-MAR-07 at 08:00 local time. - - Affected Medium: LAND WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY - - Name: DANIEL PATTON - - Organization: THE CITY OF FREDERICK - - Address: 111 AIRPORT DRIVE EAST - - - - FREDERICK, MD 21701 - - PRIMARY Phone: (301)6002546 CELLULAR Phone: (240)4094420 - - Type of Organization: LOCAL GOVERNMENT - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - INCIDENT LOCATION - - 100 TREATMENT PLANT ROAD County: FREDERICK - - City: FREDERICK State: MD Zip: 21701 - - Distance from City: 1 MILES - - Direction from City: N - - WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT CHLORINATION ROOM - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - RELEASED MATERIAL(S) - - CHRIS Code: CLX Official Material Name: CHLORINE - - Qty Released: 398 POUND(S) - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT - - \\\\\ WEB REPORT \\\\\ AN APPROXIMATE OF 398 POUNDS OF CHLORINE WAS - - ACCIDENTALLY RELEASED FROM A 1 TON CONTAINER DURING A ROUTINE - - CONTAINER VALVE OPENING. - - ________________________________________________________________________ - - INCIDENT DETAILS - - Type of Fixed Object: SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITY - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - DAMAGES - - EVACUATIONS:YES 12 Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area:.5 Mile(s) - - Road closure: Y GAS HOUSE PIKE & MONACACY BLVD. 3 - - Media Interest: HIGH Community Impact due to Material: - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - REMEDIAL ACTIONS - - STAFF EMPLOYEE RESPONDED WITH AN IMMEDIATE CALL FOR EMERGENCY - - (911). FORT DETRICK HAZMAT RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND ANNOUNCED A - - SHELTER IN PLACE FOR RESIDENTS WITHIN A .5 MILE RADIUS OF THE PLANT - - AND AN ALL CLEAR WAS GIVEN @11:10AM. - - Release Secured: YES - - Release Rate: 199 POUND(S) per HOUR - - Estimated Release Duration: 2 HOUR - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - WEATHER - - Weather: CLEAR, 60ºF Wind speed: 3 MPH Wind direction: N - - ______________________________________________________________________ - - ADDITIONAL AGENCIES NOTIFIED - - Federal: EPA - - State/Local: FREDERICK COUNTY LEPC - - State/Local On Scene: FREDERICK COUNTY HAZMAT - - _______________________________________________________________________ - - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - - \\\\\\\ WEB REPORT \\\\\\ THE MDE AND FREDERICK COUNTY LEPC WAS - - NOTIFIED THE SAME DAY. THE EPA PERFORMED AN AUDIT ON 3/27/2007 - - WHEREAS WE WERE INFORMED TO FILE A REPORT WITH THE NRC. AN - - INCIDENT INVESTIGATION, LESSONS LEARNED AND CORRECTIVE ACTION - - FINDINGS ARE ACTIVE AND CURRENT. - - - 1 - 100UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
HP White LabsStreetMaryland5/11/2007Harford County Research Lab Explodes, Burns - - 5/11/2007 Street, Md--An explosion at a research facility started a fire at the HP White Labs Friday in Street Maryland near Darlington. A HAZMAT situation was reported when officials learned the explosion happened at a research facitliy where explosives were manufactured. First-responders arrived at the labs at 3114 Scarboro Road shortly after reports came in at 7:20 p.m. that smoke was in the area. It has since been determined that a storage building on the property of the site exploded and caught fire. When emergency officials showed up on the scene they saw smoke coming from the rear of the business. They then determined the origin of the fire was in a shipping container between 20 and 40 feet long. Investigators said they thought the business was closed at the time of the incident. No one was injured in the explosion and officials said the incident was not a hazard to the public. As of Saturday, there was still no word on what caused the explosion. - - http://wjz.com/topstories/local_story_131210200.html - - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownYesNoNoNoNoNo
Dominion Cove PointCove PointMaryland6/8/2007Small fire at gas plant contained by employees - - 6/8/2007 Cove Point, MD--Wooden construction materials at Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility ignited around 10 p.m. Friday evening, burning for only a few minutes before being put out with a dry chemical fire extinguisher by plant employees, said Dan Donovan, manager of media relations for the Dominion energy company. Sensors at the Lusby plant detected the June 1 fire and placed an automatic 911 call, Donovan said. But the fire was out by the time firefighters arrived. The volunteer firefighters wetted the material to make certain it would not reignite. The fire was ‘‘in the construction area, nowhere near any of the dangerous places. ... I guess the important thing was none of the gas could have been burned,” Donovan said. Natural gas is highly flammable. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Donovan said. ‘‘This was a very small fire,” he said. - - http://www.somdnews.com/stories/060807/recmor155937_32086.shtml - - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Maryland Cork Company, Inc.ElktonMaryland219216/12/2007Accident Investigation Summary Summary Nr: 202504429 Event: 06/12/2007 Cork Dust Fire Around 12:55 p.m. on June 12, 2007, three employees were working on the first floor in the bagging area of the mill at Maryland Cork, Inc. The three employees were injured when a fire swept through the mill system and blew out into the bagging area. One employee sustained minor burns for which he refused treatment. A second employee was treated at a local hospital for first and second degree burns to his right arm, ear and neck. He was released from the hospital the same day and returned to work the following day. The third employee sustained burns to his hands and face, some of which were reported to be third degree burns. He was treated at Bayview Hospital and later released. At the close of the inspection, this employee had not returned to work. Attempts by the inspector to contact the employee were unsuccessful. Two roll ball machines, used to screen the cork into the desired product size are located on the third floor. These machines are mounted on a slight incline and shake to facilitate the movement of the cork through the screens. Each roll ball is equipped with two sets of plates, one set on each side of the lower end of the machine. These plates constantly slide against each other as the roll ball moves back and forth. Over-sized, or plus, cork drops out of the roll ball at the lower end and falls into a hole in the floor between the two sets of plates. This cork is transported via the suction system back to the mill on the first floor to be ground again and reintroduced back into the system. Leo McClanahan, plant manager, offered the following explanation of what he believes happened on the day of the fire. It is vital that the plates on the roll balls are properly lubricated to help minimize the amount of heat produced due to friction. Upon inspection of the plates following the fire, Mr. McClanahan observed that one set of plates were completely dry. This led him to believe that the plates were not properly greased on the date of the fire. As a result, Mr. McClanahan believes that the plate generated enough heat to ignite the cork particulate which tends to build up around the base of the roll ball screener. At some point, this smoldering or burning cork was dropped into the system through the center opening which suctions the plus back to the mill. Once in the system, which would have been oxygen rich due to the volume of air required to run the suction system, the cork particles ignited and the fire spread rapidly throughout the entire system. The fire blew out into the bagging area where the employees were working. Ultimately, the fire spread to the bag house, or dust collection system, where it ignited all of the .approximately 240 cloth bags inside and continued to burn after the fire departments arrived.Unknown0010321999 - All Other Miscellaneous Wood Product ManufacturingYesNoNoYesNoYes
St. Mary's SchoolAnnapolisMaryland9/13/2007Annapolis school shut down after chemical spill in lab - - Back-to-school night tonight canceled; no decision yet on classes tomorrow - - 9/13/2007 Annapolis, MD-- A private school in downtown Annapolis was closed today after a spill in the science lab produced a chemical haze, a city fire official said. A strange odor and smoke greeted firefighters who arrived about 6:30 a.m. at St. Mary's School on Duke of Gloucester Street, said Capt. Ed Hadaway, a city fire department spokesman. Hazardous materials teams from the city and Anne Arundel County were called in, and they traced the problem to the prep room for the high school's chemistry lab where they found that chemicals stored there had interacted, producing heat and smoke. - - Fire and school officials did not know what chemicals were involved or how they got mixed. One theory, said St. Mary's spokeswoman Christine Bervid, was that chemicals recently shipped to the school had broken inside their boxes. Classes started there Sept. 4. - - Duke of Gloucester Street was closed from Green Street to Compromise Street for nearly six hours, and students and staff were directed away from the school. A commercial cleaning company was contacted. Officials at St. Mary's, which has about 1,500 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, did not know by late afternoon whether classes would resume tomorrow. The school's Web site said that the high school back-to-school night -- which was to be held tonight -- is canceled. - - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/annearundel/bal-haze0913,0,2863053.story?track=rss - - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Teruma Vascular SystemsElktonMaryland10/23/2007Hazmat spill in Elkton, Md., sends 35 to hospital - - - - 10/24/2007 Elkton, MD--Operations were expected to return to normal today at a medical products business in Elkton following an accidental chemical spill that sent 35 workers to the hospital. The spill happened Tuesday morning at one of two buildings operated by Teruma Vascular Systems. Plant manager Mike McMillan says a half-gallon container of heptane and butanol fell from a low shelf and the top broke off. He says the company's emergency response team cleaned the site in 10 minutes. A Cecil County hazardous materials team confirmed the site was safe. McMillan says workers complaining of either headaches or tightness in the chest were taken to the hospital as a precaution. The workers were later released. - - - - http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=f27a1d13-e37a-42cc-8fd2-6c99d2eae1df - - - - UnknownUnknownUnknown35UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Dominos SugarBaltimoreMaryland11/2/2007Baltimore Domino's Sugar Refinery Site of Early Morning Explosion - - - - 11/2/2007 Baltimore, MD--Firefighters have rushed to the scene of an explosion at the Domino's Sugar plant at the Inner Harbor. According to reports the blast was heard just before 10 am, by 10:30 am the inferno grew to three alarms. City Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said they received reports of an explosion on the 9th floor of the building. Steam was seen billowing out of the plant and several windows were blown out of the building. Cartwright also revealed that fire officials are searching for a missing female employee. He said most of the other workers have evacuated. Currently there are no confirmed reports of injuries. The fires reportedly occurred on the sixth and ninth floors, according to Baltimore firefighters. Nearly 85 firefighters are battling the various blazes sent to the scene to battle the blazes. Officials say its still too early to know what caused the explosion on Baltimore's waterfront. - - - - http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7009034018 - - - - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownYesNoNoNoNoYes
Smith RecyclingCheverlyMaryland12/4/2007Fire Burns At Recycling Plant - - 12/4/207 Cheverly, MD--Prince George's County firefighters battled a fire at a recycling plant in Cheverly Tuesday night. Fire spokesman Mark Brady said a huge pile of scrap metal and other recyclable materials ignited at about 6:15 p.m. at the Smith Recycling company in the 2000 block of Kenilworth Avenue. Brady said firefighters arrived at the scene and spotted a fire burning in the 60 foot high, 60 foot long pile of materials including discarded autos, water heaters, stoves, and combustible materials. About 50 firefighters and emergency medical personnel were at the scene of the two-alarm fire. The fire was extinguished at about 9 p.m., officials said. One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was transported to a nearby hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire officials said they believe high winds were a factor in the spread of the fire. - - http://www.nbc4.com/news/14776459/detail.html - - UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownNoNoNoNoYesYes
Pepsi-Cola SalisburyMaryland1/10/2008SALISBURY: Worker injured in industrial accident at Pepsi-Cola 01/09/2008 Salisbury, MD-- An industrial accident late Wednesday at the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Salisbury sent a worker to the hospital with a fractured leg suffered when the forklift he operated toppled on him, then caught fire, authorities said. Fellow workers at the bottling warehouse on Snow Hill Road east of downtown Salisbury quickly extinguished the fire about 10:45 p.m. before it made contact with a propane gas tank attached to the forklift, said Salisbury Fire Department Assistant Chief Bryan Records, who was at the scene. ”The forklift landed on him and caught fire; it was put out by the (workers),” Records said. “The forklift was propane powered.” Records did not identify the victim, but said he was an African American male. The accident was reported to the Salisbury Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will investigate, the assistant chief said. UnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownUnknownpropane 74-98-6NoNoNoYesNoYes
Johns Hopkins University BaltimoreMaryland2/19/2008Report of chemical spill evacuates Hopkins building 02/19/2008 Baltimore, MD—A building on the Johns Hopkins University campus was evacuated this morning after an employee found several broken vials and reported an "ether-like smell," according to a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters wearing hazardous material suits found that less than a half-gallon of an acid-like substance had spilled on a floor inside a lab of Maryland Hall. The building, which houses the departments of Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, is near the Baltimore Museum of Art. A Fire Department spokesman, Chief Kevin Cartwright, said the substance was not ether, but tests will be performed to determine the exact nature of the chemical. He said fewer than 10 people were inside the building on Wyman Quad, near the center of campus in the 3400 block of N. Charles St. No injuries were reported. The incident occurred around 8 a.m. Firefighters used soda ash to neutralize the chemical.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Johns Hopkins University BaltimoreMaryland3/5/20082 students hospitalized after chemical spill at JHU lab 03/05/2008 Baltimore, MD-- Two Johns Hopkins University graduate students were hospitalized tonight after a strong acid spill about 6:30 p.m. in the New Chemistry Building on campus, Baltimore fire officials said. Fire department spokesman Roman Clark said about three drops of the acid -- about the size of a quarter -- was spilled on the floor. He said the department's hazardous materials team neutralized the acid. University spokesman Dennis O'Shea said the student working with the chemicals had minor respiratory irritation and the student working behind her was taken to the hospital as a precaution. O'Shea said the students used the emergency shower as they are trained to do and campus security alerted authorities.1 - 1000020UnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Aberdeen Proving Ground BaltimoreMaryland3/6/2008Fire at APG research lab is extinguished quickly 03/06/2008 Baltimore, MD--A three-alarm fire that started in a materials research laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground yesterday was extinguished within 20 minutes, authorities said. There were no injuries. APG firefighters were notified of the fire at the Rodman Building, where the research is conducted, at 3:50 p.m., said George Mercer, APG spokesman. The fire started in a laboratory and went up to the ceiling and the roof, Mercer said. "With the wind what it is, they were concerned that it not get out of hand," Mercer said. "They managed to control it and get it put out quickly." Volunteers from Aberdeen and Havre de Grace fire companies assisted the APG firefighters, and the fire was under control by about 4:10 p.m., Mercer said. The cause is under investigation, he said. There was no damage estimate.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Americal Ice Co. Baltimoremaryland3/6/2008West Baltimore ammonia leak contained Residents allowed to return home; 2 schools closed, commuter train traffic disrupted 03/07/2008 Baltimore, MD-- About 30 people who last night were forced from their rowhouses in West Baltimore returned home this morning after about 80 city firefighters working through the night contained an ammonia leak at an old ice house on West Franklin Street, according to a Fire Department spokesman. Still, some streets -- including both directions of Route 40, two schools and a MARC train station -- remained closed this morning for precautionary measures, city fire officials said. Chief Kevin Cartwright, the fire spokesman, said the leak came from an ammonia pipe broken by workers who were tearing down part of the old Baltimore American Ice. Co. in the 2100 block of West Franklin St. It was first reported about 8:30 last night. By 6 a.m., Cartwright said the leak, which sent a strong odor wafting into the neighborhood, had been contained to the building, and a private contractor was working to clean ammonia from a large tank inside the shuttered complex. About 60 students at Frederick Elementary School, about one mile from where the accident occurred, complained of smelling ammonia around 9 this morning. Fire officials raced to the school but reported finding no signs of any chemicals. Four teachers were transported to area hospitals for problems discovered during routine medical checks, including one for a headache and another with high blood pressure. Two students reported stomachaches. The school remained open, but as a precaution, officials said parents were allowed to take their children home. Of the 310 students, 131 had gone home by 10 a.m. Fire officials at the scene said they were pouring water on the ammonia inside the building to dilute the hazardous substance. They said they had ammonia in both gas and water form leaking, but that as of around 6 this morning, nothing was escaping the building. At 6 a.m., about 30 residents of the 500 block of N. Pulaski St. were allowed to return to their homes. They had spent the night in a nearby shelter or on warm city buses. Other residents had been told to stay inside their houses with their windows closed. Bentalou Elementary School and Lockerman Bundy Elementary School were ordered shuttered for the day as a precaution, and the MARC train on the Penn line will not stop at the West Baltimore station near Franklin and Mulberry streets until further notice today. While streets are slowly opening this morning, motorists are urged to seek alternate routes. Mulberry Street was reopened around 6 a.m., but Route 40, a major gateway into the city from the west, remained closed. In March 2004, a fire swept through the ice factory, the second major blaze in three years.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownammonia 7664-41-7NoNoNoNoNoNo
Cole Chemical Sparrows PointMaryland4/21/2008Explosion and Fire at Sparrows Point 4/21/2008 Sparrows Point, MD--An explosion burned one person and caused a two-alarm fire at a Cole Chemical building in the Sparrows Point Industrial Complex. According to officials from the Baltimore County Fire Department, liquid steel came in contact with water causing the explosion around 12:30 Monday morning. According to Baltimore County Police, the explosion took place back in an area where raw materials are kept for steel making. The victim was immediately taken by fellow employees to an on-site medical center. He was then taken to Bayview Medical Center to treat burns over 50% of his body. His condition is unknown, but ABC2 News has been told he is expected to recover. The explosion caused the two-alarm fire in the building. Hazmat crews were also called to the scene as a precaution, but later canceled. The fire was put out in about 30 minutes. Baltimore County Police say the explosion is under investigation.UnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownUnknownYesNoNoYesNoYes
Dairy Maid Dairy Inc. FrederickMaryland5/15/2008NRC#870991 On 5/15/08, there was a release of anhydrous ammonia at the Dairy Maid Dairy, Inc. in Frederick, MD due to unknown causes. Six employees were evacuated while the release was secured. NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER 1-800-424-8802 ***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY*** Information released to a third party shall comply with any applicable federal and/or state Freedom of Information and Privacy Laws Incident Report # 870991 INCIDENT DESCRIPTION *Report taken by: CIV KEVIN WILLIAMS at 11:58 on 15-MAY-08 Incident Type: FIXED Incident Cause: UNKNOWN Affected Area: The incident occurred on 15-MAY-08 at 11:48 local time. Affected Medium: AIR TO THE ATOMSPHERE _______________________________________________________________________ REPORTING PARTY Name: TONY 124 VONA Organization: DAIRY MAID DAIRY INC Address: 259 EAST 7 STREET FREDERICK, MD 21701 DAIRY MAID DAIRY INC reported for the responsible party. PRIMARY Phone: (301)6635114 Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE _______________________________________________________________________ SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY Name: TONY 124 VONA Organization: DAIRY MAID DAIRY INC Address: 259 EAST 7 STREET FREDERICK, MD 21701 PRIMARY Phone: (301)6635114 ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT LOCATION 259 EAST 7 STREET County: FREDERICK City: FREDERICK State: MD Zip: 21701 _______________________________________________________________________ RELEASED MATERIAL(S) CHRIS Code: AMA Official Material Name: AMMONIA, ANHYDROUS Also Known As: Qty Released: 0 UNKNOWN AMOUNT ________________________________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT CALLER STATED THERE WAS A RELEASE OF MATERIALS AT THE FACILITY DUE TO UNKNOWN CAUSES. CALLER STATED THEY ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE AND WILL CONTINUE GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. ________________________________________________________________________ SENSITIVE INFORMATION ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT DETAILS Package: N/A Building ID: Type of Fixed Object: MANUFACTURING FACILITY Power Generating Facility: NO Generating Capacity: Type of Fuel: NPDES: NPDES Compliance: UNKNOWN ______________________________________________________________________ IMPACT Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN INJURIES: NO Hospitalized: Empl/Crew: Passenger: FATALITIES: NO Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: EVACUATIONS:YES 6 Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area: Damages: NO Hours Direction of Closure Type Description of Closure Closed Closure N Air: N Major Road: Artery:N N Waterway: N Track: Environmental Impact: UNKNOWN Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: ______________________________________________________________________ REMEDIAL ACTIONS CALLER STATED THEY HAVE TWO MEN IN AMMONIA GEAR WORKING ON THE REPAIRS AT THIS TIME. Release Secured: UNKNOWN Release Rate: Estimated Release Duration: ______________________________________________________________________ WEATHER Weather: PARTLY CLOUDY, 55ºF ______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL AGENCIES NOTIFIED Federal: NONE State/Local: NONE State/Local On Scene: NONE State Agency Number: NONE _______________________________________________________________________ NOTIFICATIONS BY NRC ATLANTIC STRIKE TEAM (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (609)7240008 CG INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE BALTIMORE (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (410)5762555 CHEM SAFETY AND HAZARD INVEST BOARD (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (877)2756207 DOT CRISIS MANAGEMENT CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (202)3661863 EPA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION (ATTN; SUSAN HELBERT) 15-MAY-08 12:06 U.S. EPA III (MAIN OFFICE) (215)8149016 FLD INTEL SUPPORT TEAM BALTIMORE (CGIS) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (410)5762673 USCG COMMAND CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) (202)2672100 NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORD CTR (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (202)2829201 NOAA RPTS FOR MD (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (206)5264911 NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER HQ (MAIN OFFICE) (202)2671136 NTSB PIPELINE (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (202)3146293 MD DEPT OF ENV (MAIN OFFICE ATTN: ALAN WILLIAMS) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (866)6334686 MD EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (410)5173600 PA EMERG MGMT AGCY (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (717)6512001 VA DEPT EMERGENCY MANANGEMENT (MAIN OFFICE) 15-MAY-08 12:06 (804)6742400 _______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. ______________________________________________________________________ *** END INCIDENT REPORT #870991 *** Report any problems or Fax number changes by calling 1-800-424-8802 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT http://www.nrc.uscg.mil1 - 100UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownammonia 7664-41-7NoNoNoNoNoNo
Greenlight Biofuels Princess AnneMaryland5/18/2008Contractor killed in biofuel plant explosion 05/19/2008 Princess Anne, MD—A welder working inside the Greenlight Biofuels plant was killed Sunday afternoon in an explosion that rocked much of Princess Anne. Another man was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, said Princess Anne Police Chief Scott Keller. Police say one of the two contractors was welding as they added a methane line to the plant. They say the explosion occurred when they hit a gas line. The two men, whom police did not identify, purged a gas line in preparation for the welding and believed it to be safe, Keller said. Both men were contractors from out of state. No employees were in the building in the Princess Anne Industrial Park at the time of the 12:05 p.m. blast, which blew some of the outside siding off and partially collapsed the roof. Damage was mostly limited to the interior of the building because all of the structure's built-in safety features worked, Keller said. In addition to Princess Anne police, local volunteer firefighters, the Maryland State Fire Marshal and Maryland Department of the Environment were on the scene most of the afternoon. The plant converts soybean oil to fuel, then the mixture is shipped offsite by truck and blended with diesel fuel. The company had been open less than a year, said Princess Anne Town Manager Jay Parker. Town and county officials helped break ground for the alternative fuel facility in January 2007, following numerous community meetings at which nearby residents expressed their concerns over safety. The plant is located in a corner of the industrial park near a residential community. Both company and town officials stressed that safety measures would be put in place. Greenlight Biofuels based in Charlottesville, Va., was founded by Greenlight Capital Man-agement Inc. to develop, build, own and operate biofuel facilities in North America, according to a company press release. Unknown1UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownMethane 74-82-8YesYesNoNoNoYes
Frederick Surgical Center FredrickMaryland6/12/2008Chemical leak sends 8 to hospital 06/13/2008 Frederick, MD-- Eight employees of the Frederick Surgical Center on Tollhouse Avenue were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital after a chemical leak about 11 a.m. Thursday, said Mike Dmuchowski, spokesman for the Division of Fire and Rescue Services. The employees were all taken for evaluation, he said. Glutaraldehyde, a chemical used to disinfect and clean medical equipment, leaked from a machine in a suite on the second floor through the ceiling into a first floor suite, he said. The second floor is occupied by gastroenterologist Dr. James Frizzell while the first floor is used by the surgical center. Symptoms of exposure to glutaraldehyde include headache, nausea and nose, throat and lung irritation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The building was evacuated for about an hour, Dmuchowski said. Although some patients were pre- and post-operation, none were undergoing a procedure at the time of the leak. No patients showed symptoms of exposure to the chemical. County buses were brought in to shelter the evacuated employees from the heat while crews investigated the leak, he said. Several employees who declined to give their names said they were told to "get out now" and did not know the reason for the evacuation until they were outside. Thirty-seven county fire and rescue units including two hazmat teams responded to the leak, Dmuchowski said. Several roads including Ninth Street and Tollhouse Avenue were closed for about an hour but were reopened by 12:30 p.m. Thursday. NTSB, The Frederick News-Post 1 - 100UnknownUnknown8UnknownUnknownGlutaraldehyde 111-30-8NoNoNoYesNoNo
Frederick Surgical Center FrederickMaryland6/16/20086/16/2008 Frederick, MD - Frederick County fire and rescue units responded to a Hazardous Materials Incident at the Frederick Medical Surgical Building at 915 Tollhouse Avenue. The building had to be evacuated. Four people were in surgery when it was cleared. Numerous occupants were feeling ill and eight people were evaluated at the scene, according to Michael Dmuchowski with the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. Units from the Maryland Department of the Environment evaluated the situation, but say they didn't find anything out of the ordinary. "They are in there with monitoring equipment to monitor the air quality to see what is causing the problem. At this time, they are still in the investigative mode; they don't have any idea if there is a particular chemical that is causing this situation," Dmuchowski said. Last week, eight people were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital after a chemical spill in the same building. In that case, Glutaraldehyde [Pentane-1,5-dial] was spilled, which is used for disinfecting medical equipment. Officials don't believe the two hazmat situations are related.1 - 100UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownGlutaraldehyde 111-30-8NoNoNoNoNoNo
CSX Drive CumberlandMaryland6/30/2008Ammonia Spill In Railroad Yard 6/30/2008 Cumberland, MD--The Cumberland Fire Department and HAZMAT Team were kept on the scene all day Monday for an ammonia spill on CSX Drive. Emergency Management received the call at about 11:30 Monday morning, and one person was sent to the hospital later that day from the scene for heat related injuries. The spill was contained by about 4:00 in the afternoon. No reason was given for the cause.UnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownUnknownammonia 7664-41-7NoNoNoYesNoNo
Curtis Bay BaltimoreMaryland7/8/2008Contractor burned by acid tank leak in Baltimore 7/8/2008 Baltimore, MD--A Baltimore fire official says workers were evacuated from a Curtis Bay chemical plant after a contractor received an acid burn to the face from a leaking tank. It happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Maryland Chemical Company in the 3300 block of Childs Street. Fire Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright says a contractor repairing a valve on a 4,000 gallon tank containing sulfuric acid was sprayed in the face. He says the contractor was decontaminated and taken to a hospital. A hazardous materials task force was able to stop the leak and the leaked acid was contained. UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownsulfuric acid 7664-93-9NoNoNoNoNoNo
Concrete Protection and Restoration warehouse BaltimoreMaryland7/11/2008Four-alarm warehouse fire leads to propane explosions, firefighter injuries, evacuation 7/13/2008 Baltimore, MD—Officials are trying to determine the cause of a four-alarm fire in Baltimore County on Friday, although they admitted that it may take several days. The warehouse site where the fire broke out is owned by Concrete Protection and Restoration. Company spokesman Patrick O'Malley told 11 News reporter Rob Roblin that they "will be back." They also said they employ about 300 people. According to officials, it took five hours and more than 100 firefighters to battle the blaze. Propane tanks on the outside of the warehouse exploded, creating the dangerous conditions for crews and neighborhood residents. Officials said that two firefighters were injured and several nearby homes had to be evacuated. There's no word on a damage estimate.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownpropane 74-98-6YesNoNoNoNoYes
McCormick Spice Mill/McCormick & Company, Inc. Hunt ValleyMaryland7/21/2008Firefighter injured in hose tangle while fighting dust blaze at spice mill 7/21/2008 Hunt Valley, MD—The Baltimore County Fire department has begun an investigation into an accident Monday night at a single alarm fire at the McCormick Spice Mill in Hunt Valley. A firefighter was seriously injured when a hose snapped while he and other firefighters battled a fire. Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost says the hose got tangled in the wheels of a fire truck. She says when the truck drove forward, it snapped and portion hit the firefighter, knocking him down. Armacost says the investigation will determine if proper safety procedures were followed. Michael Day, President of the Baltimore County Fire Fighters Union, says he believes proper protocol was followed and that this was just a series of unfortunate events. Day is thankful that the outcome was not more serious. The unidentified firefighter was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment. Armacost says the firefighter's most serious injury was to his left leg, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The accident occurred at about 8:20 p.m. At 8:11 p.m., fire crews responded to a building fire at the McCormick spice mill at 10901 Gilroy Road. The first arriving crews found smoke exiting the roof as a result of a fire in the air handling system. Firefighters controlled the fire quickly. Employees in the building when the fire broke out self-evacuated when the smoke alarms sounded. The fire was accidental, the result of dirt and dust igniting in the air handling system. Unknown0Unknown1Unknown311942 - Spice and Extract ManufacturingNoNoNoYesNoYes
Chalk Point Generating Plant WaldorfMaryland7/29/2008One injured in Chalk Point plant blaze: Rubber-lined building was location of two-alarm fire 07/30/2008 Waldorf, MD--A two-alarm fire broke out at the Chalk Point Generating Plant in Aquasco Tuesday morning, injuring one person, a Prince George’s County firefighter said. Firefighters were called at 9:40 a.m. and had the fire under control within about two hours, Prince George’s firefighter Chris Polimeni said. The injured person, who power plant officials said was a contract employee, suffered burns and was flown to a nearby hospital burn center, said Richard Fawal, a spokesman for Mirant Corp., which owns the plant. The fire was in a multistory generating unit that is lined on the inside with rubber, Polimeni said. ‘‘The rubber is what was on fire,” Polimeni said. ‘‘That makes it hard to fight, that and the fact the structure is several stories tall.” Chalk Point is a 40-year-old coal, oil and gas plant. Fawal said the fire was caused during a demolition project being done inside the unit. Because the unit was off-line at the time, the fire did not affect operations at the plant, which supplies power throughout the mid-Atlantic region, Fawal said. Polimeni said that additional firefighters responded from nearby Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties.UnknownUnknownUnknown1UnknownUnknownNoNoNoYesNoYes
Agricultural Research Center BeltsvilleMaryland8/26/2008Fire Officials Investigate Chemical Release In Beltsville 8/26/2008 Beltsville, MD--Prince George's County fire officials are investigating the release of an unknown chemical at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said all employees at the center have been evacuated. Paramedics are evaluating 23 employees for respiratory, eye and nasal irritation. Brady said no one has been taken to the hospital. Firefighters were called to the scene at about 3:15 p.m., and a hazardous materials team continues to assess the situation. 1 - 100UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Al Pharma SalisburyMaryland9/24/2008Salisbury firefighters on scene at Al Pharma 09/24/2008 Salisbury, MD-- Crews from Salisbury and Delmar fire departments are at the scene of a fire in a food mixing blender at Al Pharma, a manufacturer of animal feed pharmaceuticals in the Northwood Industrial Park. The fire was reported about 5:30 p.m. at the plant off Beam Street, where a chemical smell drifted from the smoldering silo-type vat, although there were no visible signs of smoke or flames. No injuries were reported. Several rescue vehicles and an ambulance parked nearby, as fire crew members worked to extinguish the fire that Salisbury Deputy Fire Chief Rick Hoppas said continued to smolder. The scene appeared in control, "unless there's a catastrophe," Hoppas said. Plant manager Jeff Hare said seven people work at the plant. NTSB, The Delmarva Daily TimesUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoYes
Severndale Water Treatment Plant Severna ParkMaryland10/6/2008Chlorine leak disrupts Severna Park neighborhood 10/6/2008 Severna Park, MD--Five Severna Park homes were evacuated as a precaution yesterday as firefighters contained a leaky chlorine tank at a water-treatment plant. Workers at the Severndale Water Treatment Plant, 123 Southway, called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. after discovering the leak while replacing a nearly empty, 150-pound chlorine tank with a fresh tank. The workers sealed off the 10-foot by 20-foot room before evacuating the plant, said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, a county Fire Department spokesman. Chlorine is a chemical asphyxiant, a substance which can lower oxygen levels, that can be harmful to humans, Chief Tobia said. As such, firefighters responding to the call used an abundance of caution. The five closest homes to the plant were evacuated and other residents were asked to stay inside. Chief Tobia said tests outside the building showed no chlorine gas in the air, so neighbors didn't have to shut their doors and windows. Pedestrians were allowed on most of the street while firefighters worked, although cars were blocked from driving on the road. Hazardous materials crews from Jones Station and the Annapolis Fire Department sealed off the tank and vented the room. Two firefighters donned neon yellowish-green protective suits to enter the building shortly after 1 p.m. Firefighter Jimmy Johnston from Jones Station and Firefighter John P. Smith of Annapolis used a special clamp called an "A kit" to seal off the leaky tank. Because the room had high levels of chlorine, the firefigthers used special breathing apparatus. They had the tank sealed off by about 1:30 p.m. Once the building was aired out, it was turned back over to the county Department of Public Works. A contractor for the county was expected to pick up the tank. After they finished, the firefighters were doused with water to convert any chlorine to a harmless substance. Airing out the building wasn't dangerous, because the cool air and light breeze meant the chlorine gas would dissipate quickly, Chief Tobia said. Exposure to low levels of chlorine can cause eye, nose and throat irritation. Exposure to higher doses can cause coughing, breathing problems and lung damage, according to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. It also is converted to a harmless substance when it reacts with water. When chlorine is used in treating drinking water, it is usually turned into other chemicals before being added to water, according to the agency. The county Fire Department deals with a handful of chlorine leaks each year, Chief Tobia said.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown221320 - Sewage Treatment Facilitieschlorine 7782-50-5NoNoNoNoNoNo
Frederick Innovative Tech Center FrederickMaryland12/1/2008Crews evacuate buildings after spill [slide show] Originally published December 02, 2008 By Kate Leckie News-Post Staff Photo by Skip Lawrence Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputies closed English Muffin Way at Md. 85 while emergency response personnel investigated a chemical spill at a building on Metropolitan Court on Monday. Hazardous materials crews were clearing the scene of a spill late Monday afternoon at 4539 Metropolitan Court near Md. 85 and English Muffin Way, an official at the United Steam Fire Engine Company said. Reported about 11:45 a.m., the spill drew in a bomb squad and representatives of the Maryland Department of the Environment about 1:15 p.m. Units were clearing the area about 4:30 p.m. Authorities were concerned that the substance could become volatile if it crystallized. Authorities had not identified the substance by early Monday evening. The incident commander was unavailable for comment. During the hazmat investigation, buildings in the area were evacuated. No one was injured, said Micky Fyock, a supervisor at the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center. Hazmat substance was waste byproduct [slide show] Originally published December 02, 2008, 9:10 PM By Kate Leckie News-Post Staff Photo by Skip Lawrence Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputies closed English Muffin Way at Md. 85 while emergency response personnel investigated a chemical spill at a building on Metropolitan Court on Monday. The substance at the center of Monday’s hazardous materials spill was a combination of leftover chemicals — a waste byproduct — ready for disposal, authorities said today. Mike Dmuchowski, spokesman for Frederick County’s Division of Fire and Rescue Services, said the nearly five-hour investigation and cleanup concluded after representatives of the Maryland Department of the Environment re-evaluated the situation and were able to neutralize the spill. Dmuchowski said the spill occurred on property at 4539 Metropolitan Court subleased to the Frederick Innovative Technology Center Inc., or FITCI. Several small labs occupied the building, he said. According to FITCI’s website, the business’s headquarters is located at Hood College. FITCI calls itself Frederick County’s first business incubator. FITCI representatives reported the spill about 11:45 a.m. after a jug got knocked over as the company was moving. During the hazmat investigation near Md. 85 and English Muffin Way, buildings in the area were evacuated and a bomb squad was called in. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the evacuations. No one was injured, according to a supervisor at the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center. The investigation concluded about 4:30 p.m UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownpicric acide 88-89-1NoNoNoNoNohydrochloric acid 7647-01-0No
Mac Machine CompanyWoodlawnMaryland1/5/2009 Crews Respond to Chemical Fire in Woodlawn Crews Respond to Chemical Fire in Woodlawn Dozens of workers evacuated a building in Woodlawn after a chemical fire erupted Monday morning. Crews responded to 7209 Rutherford Road around 9'oclock. Firefighters arrived at Mac Machine Company Incorporated to find smoke coming out of the building. No one was injured in the hazardous materials fire. Firefighters said one of the machines inside the building with magnesium caught fire. Employees tried to put out the fire, but it was too much for them. "When we got here there was smoke showing from the building. We laid a supply hose down. The big thing with magnesium fire is you do not hit it with water because you flare it up and make it even worse," said Captain Ronald Darling with the Baltimore County Fire Department. Employees remained outside the building for several hours. The company makes airplane parts. UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Shady Grove Transfer StationDerwoodMaryland2/2/2009Small chemical fire at transfer station by Meghan Tierney | Staff Writer See All Featured AdsMore News ‘Queer Socials' start a scene in Silver Spring City has issues to grind with coffee house County rolls out new recycling program Developer wants to keep CCT stop at office park Conyers called to leave Frederick after 15 years Fire officials are investigating the cause of a small chemical fire at the Shady Grove Transfer Station on Monday afternoon. The fire was reported in the household hazardous waste storage area around 2:05 p.m. but had been mostly extinguished by the time county Fire Rescue Services arrived, according to Capt. Oscar Garcia, a fire rescue spokesman. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation, he said. No estimates were made on the fire's costs because the only items damaged were materials slated for disposal, Garcia said. Forty-five firefighters responded to the blaze, Garcia said. They were decontaminated as a precaution, he said. The county transfer station, at 16101 Frederick Road in Derwood, is used for storing trash, recyclables and yard trim. The household hazardous waste receiving area is a drop-off spot for items such as pesticides, fertilizer, fuel, batteries and fluorescent light tubes and bulbs. UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown562211 - Hazardous Waste Treatment and DisposalNoNoNoNoNoNo
Rust-Oleum PlantWilliamsportMaryland21795-31262/7/2009Man hurt in Rust-Oleum fire 02/07/2009 Williamsport, MD-- A man was treated Friday at Washington County Hospital for burns he received to his face, arms and hands in a flash fire while mixing chemicals at the Rust-Oleum plant in Williamsport, according to fire officials. The severity of the man's injuries and his name were not available Friday night. The fire at 16410 Industrial Lane happened about 6 p.m., prompting firefighters from Williamsport, Halfway and Funkstown to respond, officials said. No one else was injured and damage was limited to a piece of equipment where the fire ignited, Lt. Chris Farley said. http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=216230&format=html Unknown00Unknown0238320 - Painting and Wall Covering ContractorsNoNoNoNoNoYes
Baltimore Dept of Public Works - Montebello PlantBaltimoreMaryland2/22/2009Montebello Plant Evacuated During Chlorine LeakBALTIMORE (WJZ) ? Click to enlarge A water treatment plant in Baltimore is getting back to normal after a hazmat situation sparked an evacuation. 1 of 1 Close numSlides of totalImages A water treatment plant in Baltimore is getting back to normal after a hazmat situation sparked an evacuation. Officials say two workers were switching out an old chlorine tank Sunday at the Montebello Plant when they discovered a small leak. A spokeswoman with the Department of Public Works says the problem was contained thanks to good training. "Since our crews are hazmat-trained, they knew what to do. So what they did very quickly is they secured that building, they got out of there so that they were safe, and they called 911 and they got the fire department hazmat crews out here," said Kathy Powell, DPW spokeswoman. Powell also says the leak never posed any risk to the public.UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreMaryland2/26/2009Flammable chemical spills in Krieger Hall Last night, at approximately 9:40 p.m., a container of trimethylsilyl phosphine (TMS) was reported to be reactive with the air from a glove box in Krieger 34, which eventually resulted in an emergency response team with nine to 11 trucks arriving on campus to monitor and resolve the situation. The lab called the fire department for expert advice and the parties involved consulted with a Material Safety and Data Sheet (MSDS) for TMS to determine whether the material was "flammable, corrosive and whether the vapors rise or the vapors [fall]," according to Battalion Chief 6 Glenn Kukucka. Engine 31 was the first to arrive on campus. The entry team was wearing turnout gear (protective clothing) with a full internal breathing apparatus, according to Kukucka. According to MSDS, TMS is spontaneously flammable in the air and causes serious irritation when it comes in contact with the body. The MSDS for TMS dictates that fire-fighting measures include wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand and full protective gear. Cautions that the response team had to take into consideration were that the vapors could have formed an explosive mixture with the air or could burn with an invisible flame. At 10:51 p.m., the product was reported to be sealed, according to shift command Jeffrey Segal. One cylinder was shut off by the team, but the container with the nitrogen was left on, which eventually stopped the reaction once the product had no oxygen to react with, according to Kukucka. The HAZMAT coordinator on campus was kept in contact with the Maryland Department of the Environment throughout the investigation. Hopkins Security took over the situation once it was announced to be under control, and lab members returned to the room in the Krieger basement. Chemical Engineering professor Herman Drazer, who was leaving for the day, said, "I did not hear anything and wasn't kicked out. I just left and saw the fire trucks." Other students, who were working in the HAC Lab, said that they were asked to leave by men walking through the building. One of the students, senior Raj Parikh, with junior Forum Shah, was trying to figure out how to leave campus since his car was within the caution tape boundaries. Another student expressed difficulty with the same situation of his vehicle being within the tape. UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
New Page CorporationLukeMaryland3/9/20094,000 gallons of fly ash spills in Potomac The Associated Press 2009-03-10 13:31:07.0 Current rank: # 2,175 of 5,094 LUKE, Md. - The Maryland Department of the Environment says a ruptured pipeline from a coal-burning power plant spilled about 4,000 gallons of slurried fly ash into the North Branch of the Potomac River near Allegany County. Agency spokesman Robert Ballinger says the spill on the West Virginia side of the river, where papermaker New Page Corp. has an ash storage lagoon, was discovered Monday after leaking all night. The company burns coal to produce electricity for the paper mill. Ballinger says workers were still cleaning up spilled ash from the West Virginia bank Monday evening. Fly ash from coal can contain trace amounts of toxic heavy metals. Ballinger says MDE is monitoring the cleanup and repair activities. UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Tobacco Techology Inc, www.tobaccotech.com SykesvilleMaryland217844/6/2009Worker injured in chemical explosion at Carroll plant 04/06/2009 Baltimore, MD--A 27-year-old male employee of a Carroll County firm that produces tobacco flavoring was injured Monday when the lid of a tank containing boiling methylene chloride under high pressure blew off, causing the man to flee before he fell to the floor and sustained injuries to his face, according to the state police at Westminster. The Baltimore resident, whose name was not released, was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His condition was not available. About 2 p.m., the worker was between 30 and 40 feet from the tank at Tobacco Tech in the 600 block of Liberty Road in Sykesville when the tank's lid blew off, sending fluid and vapors throughout the room, police said. Two other employees pulled the man to safety and took him outside. As a precaution, police closed down a portion of Liberty Road for about 90 minutes. Police also removed 55 children from the nearby All About Kids Learning Center by bus and returned them nearly two hours later. Occupants at Athens Health Club, also near the plant, were advised to leave while the scene of the explosion was washed down by firefighters. The incident is being investigated by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the state fire marshal's office and the state's Office of Safety and Health Administration. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/carroll/bal-explosion0406,0,394607.story Unknown0Unknown1UnknownUnknownmethylene chloride, dichloromethane 75-09-2YesNoNoYesNoNo
Brandon Shores Power PlantPasadenaMaryland212266/17/2009Man catches fire at Pasadena plant Published 06/17/09 PASADENA - A man caught on fire at the Brandon Shores Power Plant this morning, county Fire Department officials said. Advertisement Firefighters were called to the plant at Brandon Shores and Fort Smallwood roads at 8:52 a.m. The 44-year-old man was working in a coal hopper, a machine that transfers coal down a line, when he looked up and saw fire, said Lt. Keith Hamilton, a county Fire Department spokesman. The man caught on fire but then rolled on the floor and put the flames out, Hamilton said. He suffered first- and second-degree burns to his arm and face, but thanks to a face mask, his mouth and nose were not injured. Paramedics rushed him to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, Hamilton said. Unknown0010221112 - Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generationcoal 125612-26-2NoNoNoYesNoYes
Calloway FarmMardela SpringsMaryland6/24/2009MARDELA SPRINGS: Propane leak leads to evacuation June 24, 2009 MARDELA SPRINGS — Firefighters from five departments were called to the scene of an afternoon propane leak. At 5:35 p.m., units from the Mardela Springs, Delmar, Hebron, Sharptown and West Side fire departments responded to Calloway Farms on Athol Road for a leak of a 400 gallon propane tank. Fire crews used a hose line to help dissipate the fuel and to help push the vapors away from any sources of ignition. Firefighters were on the scene for close to two hours. Workers and a resident living near the farm were evacuated from the scene for precautionary reasons and no injuries were reported. UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Md. WarehouseCapitol HeightsMaryland9/10/2009Haz-mat crews at scene of Md. warehouse explosion September 11, 2009 - 7:08am CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A Prince George's County fire official says hazardous materials crews are on the scene of an explosion at a commercial warehouse in Capitol Heights. Police officers and firefighters responding to an alarm at the warehouse in the 9200 block of Hampton Overlook around 11:15 p.m. Thursday found a large window and two large rolling overhead doors blown out. Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says hazardous materials in drums outside the building were exposed and released. He says hazardous materials crews are working to identify and stabilize the chemical products. Brady says the cause of the explosion is under investigation and it is unclear what chemicals were involved. He says there were no injuries and no evacuations. (Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A Prince George's County fire official says hazardous materials crews are on the scene of an explosion at a commercial warehouse in Capitol Heights. Police officers and firefighters responding to an alarm at the warehouse in the 9200 block of Hampton Overlook around 11:15 p.m. Thursday found a large window and two large rolling overhead doors blown out. Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says hazardous materials in drums outside the building were exposed and released. He says hazardous materials crews are working to identify and stabilize the chemical products. Brady says the cause of the explosion is under investigation and it is unclear what chemicals were involved. He says there were no injuries and no evacuations UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Penn Mar Shopping CenterForestvilleMaryland9/27/2009Another Gas Leak Prompts Shopping Center Evacuation Monday, September 28, 2009 A major Prince George's County shopping center where nine firefighters were injured after a natural gas explosion in May was evacuated Sunday after firefighters again found a significant gas leak, authorities said. Just after 1 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to Forestville's Penn Mar Shopping Center after someone smelled natural gas, authorities said. As firefighters arrived, they immediately smelled the gas and noted "extremely high" readings on gas meters, particularly one inside a Marshalls department store, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. Officials shut off gas and electric service to the shopping center and evacuated every store, Brady said. Brady said the scene was "all too familiar" after the May 7 emergency, when an explosion caused by a gas leak destroyed several stores. This time, though, there was no explosion and no injuries, he said. Brady said officials from Washington Gas and Pepco are investigating possible causes for the gas leaks. -- Matt Zapotosky UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownNoNoNoNoNoNo
Corkran Middle School - MDGlen BurnieMaryland9/30/2009Corkran Middle School evacuated Published 09/30/09 A Glen Burnie middle school was evacuated and 16 students taken to the hospital this morning after a chemical odor was detected, county Fire Department officials said. A Hazmat team was called to Corkran Middle School at 7600 Quarterfield Road about 8:05 a.m. to investigate the odor. According to Bob Mosier, county schools spokesman, 18 Corkran Middle students were taken by ambulance to hospitals — 11 to BWMC and seven to Harbour Hospital in Baltimore. Students were let back into the school at 9:45 a.m. Students were complaining of headache, nausea, and vomiting, said Lt. Stuart Peters, a county Fire Department spokesman. One student had been released to his or her parents. Peters said contractors were using a roof adhesive and aluminum roof coating on the school when the ventilating system turned on, sending fumes into the school. The school was in the process of being ventilated and firefighters expected students to be let back in by 10 a.m. This is the first of two schools evacuated this morning. About 8:55 a.m., Hazmat was called to the Center for Applied Technology South at 211 Central Ave. behind South River High School in Edgewater for an alarm and smoke in the building, said Division Chief Michael Cox, a county Fire Department spokesman. Students and staff were evacuated from the school. Firefighters said the smoke was caused by a fire in a paint booth. No injuries have been reported. Firefighters continued to investigate as of 10 a.m. and students and staff remained outside. Copyright © 2009 The Maryland Gazette and Capital Gazette Communications, Inc.101 - 50000180UnknownNoNoNoYesNoNo
Intercoastal Trading Inc.CambridgeMaryland21613-28699/30/2009Man hospitalized after sodium hydroxide spill in Cambridge 2:05 p.m. EDT, September 30, 2009 CAMBRIDGE - A 56-year-old man was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore after a hazardous materials spill Wednesday morning at a small chemical company in Cambridge. Jeff Hurley, chief of the Cambridge fire and rescue company, said between 10 and 20 gallons of sodium hydroxide spilled during a transfer from a truck at Intercoastal Trading Inc. Hurley said the spill was quickly contained and was never a threat to the public. The vendor had much of the spill under control by the time emergency crews arrived, according to Hurley.NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER 1-800-424-8802 ***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY*** Information released to a third party shall comply with any applicable federal and/or state Freedom of Information and Privacy Laws Incident Report # 919306 INCIDENT DESCRIPTION *Report taken by: CIV BRENT TALIAFERRO at 15:44 on 30-SEP-09 Incident Type: FIXED Incident Cause: OTHER Affected Area: Incident occurred on 30-SEP-09 at 10:58 local incident time. Affected Medium: LAND CONCRETE _______________________________________________________________________ REPORTING PARTY Name: GEORGE ROBINSON Organization: INTERCOASTAL TRADING Address: PO BOX 430 SECRETARY, MD INTERCOASTAL TRADING reported for the responsible party. PRIMARY Phone: (410)2281111 Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE _______________________________________________________________________ SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY Name: GEORGE ROBINSON Organization: INTERCOASTAL TRADING Address: PO BOX 430 SECRETARY, MD PRIMARY Phone: (410)2281111 Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT LOCATION 29 PHILLIPS INDUSTRIAL PARK DR County: DORCHESTER City: CAMBRIDGE State: MD _______________________________________________________________________ RELEASED MATERIAL(S) CHRIS Code: SDH Official Material Name: SODIUM HYDRIDE Also Known As: Qty Released: 20 GALLON(S) ________________________________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT CALLER REPORTED THEY HAD AN EMPLOYEE OFFLOADING SODIUM HYDROXIDE AND SLIPPED CAUSING THE HOSE TO RUPTURE AND SPILL ONTO THE INDIVIDUAL. ________________________________________________________________________ SENSITIVE INFORMATION ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT DETAILS Package: N/A Building ID: Type of Fixed Object: OTHER Power Generating Facility: UNKNOWN Generating Capacity: Type of Fuel: NPDES: NPDES Compliance: UNKNOWN ______________________________________________________________________ IMPACT Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN INJURIES: YES 1 Hospitalized: 1 Empl/Crew: Passenger: FATALITIES: NO Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: EVACUATIONS:NO Who Evacuated: Radius/Area: Damages: NO Hours Direction of Closure Type Description of Closure Closed Closure Air: N Road: N Major N Artery: Waterway: N Track: N Passengers Transferred: NO Environmental Impact: UNKNOWN Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: ______________________________________________________________________ REMEDIAL ACTIONS VAC TRUCK USED, NEUTRALIZED MATERIAL Release Secured: YES Release Rate: Estimated Release Duration: ______________________________________________________________________ WEATHER Weather: OVERCAST, ºF ______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL AGENCIES NOTIFIED Federal: 911 State/Local: NONE State/Local On Scene: NONE State Agency Number: NONE _______________________________________________________________________ NOTIFICATIONS BY NRC ATLANTIC STRIKE TEAM (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (609)7240008 CG INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE BALTIMORE (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (410)5762555 DELAWARE EMERGENCY MGMT AGENCY (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (302)6593362 DELAWARE STATE POLICE (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (302)6593362 DOT CRISIS MANAGEMENT CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (202)3661863 EPA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION (CID) 30-SEP-09 15:48 U.S. EPA III (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:50 (215)8149016 MARZULLI FLD INTEL SUPPORT TEAM BALTIMORE (CGIS) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (410)5762673 MSD LEWES (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (302)6441909 NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORD CTR (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (202)2829201 NOAA RPTS FOR MD (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (206)5264911 SECTOR BALTIMORE (SECTOR COMMAND CENTER) 30-SEP-09 15:51 (410)5762693 PHILLIPS DE DEPT OF NAT RES AND ENV CTRL (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (302)7399401 MD DEPT OF ENV (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (866)6334686 MD EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (MAIN OFFICE) 30-SEP-09 15:48 (410)5173600 _______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALLER HAD NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. ______________________________________________________________________ *** END INCIDENT REPORT #919306 *** Report any problems by calling 1-800-424-8802 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT http://www.nrc.uscg.mil 00010Unknownsodium hydroxide 1310-73-2NoNoNoYesNoNo
Rust-Oleum Corp.WilliamsportMaryland21795-31264/28/20101 Burned In Blast At Western Md. Paint PlantWILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) ? Washington County's emergency services director says a man has been airlifted to a Baltimore hospital after an explosion and fire at a paint manufacturing plant in Williamsport. Kevin Lewis said the blast shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday was contained to one room at the Rust-Oleum plant where the victim worked. Lewis says no one else was hurt and there was no apparent structural damage to the building in an industrial park. The Washington County Economic Development Commission says Rust-Oleum Corp., of Vernon Hills, Ill., employs about 200 people at the plant and a nearby distribution center. Unknown0010325510 - Paint and Coating ManufacturingYesNoNoYesNoYes
Allied Contractors IncBaltimoreMaryland212011/10/20112 injured in Baltimore manhole explosion January 10, 2011 - 4:03pm BALTIMORE - A Baltimore fire spokesman says two workers were injured in an explosion in a manhole near a state office complex. Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the explosion occurred about 12:30 p.m. Monday at 201 W. Preston St. The workers suffered first- and second-degree burns to their face, arms and hands and were taken to nearby hospitals, where they were reported in serious condition. Cartwright says there is no active fire in the manhole and the cause has not been determined. The spokesman says no other injuries were reported and surrounding buildings do not appear to have been affected by the explosion. (Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BALTIMORE - A Baltimore fire spokesman says two workers were injured in an explosion in a manhole near a state office complex. Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the explosion occurred about 12:30 p.m. Monday at 201 W. Preston St. The workers suffered first- and second-degree burns to their face, arms and hands and were taken to nearby hospitals, where they were reported in serious condition. Cartwright says there is no active fire in the manhole and the cause has not been determined. The spokesman says no other injuries were reported and surrounding buildings do not appear to have been affected by the explosion. (Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 00020238210 - Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation ContractorsYesNoNoYesNoNo
Smithfield PackingLandoverMaryland207852/8/2011NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER 1-800-424-8802 ***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY***GOVERNMENT USE ONLY*** Information released to a third party shall comply with any applicable federal and/or state Freedom of Information and Privacy Laws Incident Report # 966838 INCIDENT DESCRIPTION *Report taken by: MSTC CHRISTOPHER MATTICE at 00:45 on 08-FEB-11 Incident Type: FIXED Incident Cause: UNKNOWN Affected Area: Incident occurred on 08-FEB-11 at 00:30 local incident time. Affected Medium: AIR INTERNAL ATMOSPHERE OF BUILDING _______________________________________________________________________ REPORTING PARTY Name: BILL DUFFELL Organization: SMITHFIELD PACKING Address: 5801 COLUMBIA PARK RD LANDOVER, MD SMITHFIELD PACKING reported for the responsible party. PRIMARY Phone: (240)6209332 ALTERNATE Phone: (301)7733322 Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE _______________________________________________________________________ SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY Name: BILL DUFFELL Organization: SMITHFIELD PACKING Address: 5801 COLUMBIA PARK RD LANDOVER, MD PRIMARY Phone: (240)6209332 ALTERNATE Phone: (301)7733322 Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT LOCATION 5801 COLUMBIA PARK RD County: PRINCE GEORGES City: LANDOVER State: MD _______________________________________________________________________ RELEASED MATERIAL(S) CHRIS Code: AMA Official Material Name: AMMONIA, ANHYDROUS Also Known As: Qty Released: 0 UNKNOWN AMOUNT ________________________________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT CALLER REPORTED IN AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF AMMONIA RELEASED FROM A LOOSE VALVE ON THE SURGE DRUM WITHIN THE FOOD PROCESSING FACILITY. THE AMMONIA IS CONTAINED TO THE BUILDING. ALL 90 EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN EVACUATED. ________________________________________________________________________ SENSITIVE INFORMATION ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT DETAILS Package: N/A Building ID: SMITHFIELD Type of Fixed Object: FOOD PROCESSING PLANT Power Generating Facility: NO Generating Capacity: Type of Fuel: NPDES: NPDES Compliance: UNKNOWN ______________________________________________________________________ IMPACT Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN INJURIES: NO Hospitalized: Empl/Crew: Passenger: FATALITIES: NO Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: EVACUATIONS:YES 90 Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area: Damages: NO Hours Direction of Closure Type Description of Closure Closed Closure Air: N Road: N Major N Artery: Waterway: N Track: N Passengers Transferred: NO Environmental Impact: UNKNOWN Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: ______________________________________________________________________ REMEDIAL ACTIONS NONE Release Secured: YES Release Rate: Estimated Release Duration: ______________________________________________________________________ WEATHER ______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL AGENCIES NOTIFIED Federal: NONE State/Local: NONE State/Local On Scene: LOCAL FD State Agency Number: NONE _______________________________________________________________________ NOTIFICATIONS BY NRC ATLANTIC STRIKE TEAM (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (609)7240008 CG INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE BALTIMORE (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (410)5762555 DOT CRISIS MANAGEMENT CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (202)3661863 EPA CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION (CID) 08-FEB-11 00:55 U.S. EPA III (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:59 (215)8149016 MATLOCK FLD INTEL SUPPORT TEAM BALTIMORE (CGIS) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (410)5762673 USCG NATIONAL COMMAND CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:56 (202)3722100 DUTY OFFICER NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORD CTR (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (202)2829201 NOAA RPTS FOR MD (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (206)5264911 NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER HQ (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:56 (202)2671136 NRCDO NTSB PIPELINE (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (202)3146293 HOMELAND SEC COORDINATION CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (202)2828300 PIPELINE & HAZMAT SAFETY ADMIN (OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY (AUTO)) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (202)3660568 PIPELINE & HAZMAT SAFETY ADMIN (OFFICE OF PIPELINE SAFETY WEEKDAYS (VER 08-FEB-11 01:00 (202)3661863 GILLESPIE MD DEPT OF ENV (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (866)6334686 MD EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (410)5173600 VA DEPT EMERGENCY MANANGEMENT (MAIN OFFICE) 08-FEB-11 00:55 (804)6742400 _______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. ______________________________________________________________________ *** END INCIDENT REPORT #966838 *** Report any problems by calling 1-800-424-8802 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT http://www.nrc.uscg.mil 1 - 1000000311611 - Animal (except Poultry) Slaughteringanhydrous ammonia 7664-41-7NoNoNoNoNoNo
Aberdeen Proving Ground LaboratoryAberdeenMaryland210054/30/2011Aberdeen Proving Ground continues to release few details on Saturday's explosion death UPDATED Contractor employee died in lab accident; fatality is third at Harford installation since May 2009 By Bryna Zumer of The Aegis Posted 4/30/11 0 48 1Digg111Share Updated at 10:45 a.m., Monday, April 2. Officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground continued to provide few details Monday about Saturday's death of a contractor employee who was working in a lab on the post's Edgewood Area. The unidentified employee died Saturday afternoon in an explosion and subsequent fire at the laboratory. APG spokesperson George Mercer said Monday he could not provide additional details of what happened or release the identity of the dead worker. Contacted Sunday, the manager of Harford County's Emergency Operations Center, Rick Ayers, said neither he nor the center had been notified of the accident at APG. At approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department responded to a fire alarm and subsequent 911 call at the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense laboratory facility. The fire was quickly extinguished and the area secured, according to a press release Mercer issued shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. Although there were other workers working in the building, the deceased was the only casualty, according to the release. The release stated the accident was "an isolated incident and there is no threat to the workforce, the rest of the Proving Ground or the surrounding community." Saturday's fatality was the third at Aberdeen Proving Ground in less than two years. On May 21, 2009, a Russian T-55 tank that was being tested on the Aberdeen Area of the installation exploded and burned. One civilian working with the tank was pronounced dead at the scene, another died two seeks later and a third was seriously injured. The incident is currently under investigation and other details will be released as they are learned. Unknown1000UnknownYesYesNoNoNoYes
Geomet Technologies - Gaithersburg, MDGaithersburgMaryland20877-41359/12/2011Man Receives Chemical Burns at Haz-mat Safety Lab The man was taken to Medstar for treatment. By Nathan Carrick Email the authorSeptember 12, 2011 Print &nbps;0 Comments Tweet Email ¿ Back to Article View full size new Embed | Share Fire and rescue personnel still on scene at 3pm. Photos (3) Photos Credit Nathan Carrick Credit Nathan Carrick Credit Nathan Carrick Add your photos & videos One man was transported to an area hospital this afternoon after receiving chemical burns at a Gaithersburg lab facility, fire and rescue officials said. Beth Anne Nesselt, a spokeswoman for County Fire and Rescue Service, said rescue workers were called to the scene in the 8500 block of Atlas Drive at 1:21 p.m. for a possible chemical burn. Nesselt did not know the chemicals that were involved. The lab is owned by Geomet Technologies, which is based in Germantown, and specialized in making hazmat suits and ensuring chemical safety, according to their website. A slogan on the front page of Geomet's website says "GEOMET is focused on protecting people, property, and the environment." The victim was burned by a flash fire, Nesselt said, and was in stable condition when he was transported to Medstart for treatment. The original call to fire and rescue service came in as a hazardous material incident, but rescue workers quickly realized it was an isolated incident and there was no danger to the public. No NRCUnknown0010541380 - Testing LaboratoriesNoNoNoYesNoNo
Belvedere Tire - Baltimore, MDBaltimoreMaryland9/26/2011Cause Of 3-Alarm Fire At Belvedere Tire Shop Still Unknown September 27, 2011 12:40 PM Share this 2 comments Reporting Adam May Filed under Local, News, Syndicated Local Related tags 3-alarm fire, Belvedere Tire, Firefighter, Kevin Cartwright, Multiple-alarm fire Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries Big Screen To Broadway Celebrities With Abs Of Steel Purple Pride Pop Stars Turned Actors Young Celebrity Deaths » More Photo Galleries BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Firefighters call it one of the worst fires they’ve seen in years. An auto repair shop goes up in flames, blanketing Northwest Baltimore in thick, smelly smoke. Adam May has the latest. After 20 hours firefighters are finally wrapping up the scene. Now they are trying to figure out what started this blaze. It was a towering, toxic inferno at Belvedere Tire Repair Shop in Northwest Baltimore. “This fire ranks in the top five I’ve seen,” said Chief Kevin Cartwright. Firefighters are now starting their investigation, questioning a man who burned his hands inside the building and other eyewitnesses. A group of teens claims they were in the shop moments before. “I was putting air in my bike,” said Jatown Scott. “They were fixing tires and the owner said someone knocked the air hose over, and there was a cigarette on the floor and that’s how it blew up and the fire started.” Smoke that smelled like burning petroleum spread across Northwest Baltimore up the Reisterstown Road corridor all the way into Pikesville. Limited exposure is not considered dangerous for residents, but prolonged up-close exposure is a different story. “That’s been a concern for us,” Cartwright said. “Literally one breath of smoke can render them lifeless.” Luckily none of the 100 firefighters on the scene was hurt. Residents in the area watched the three-alarm fire and expressed concern for the shop’s owners. “This is a family-owned business,” one resident said. “They know everyone around here. Their business has been destroyed.” Monday’s inventory is Tuesday’s debris. Stay with WJZ.COM for the latest on this developing story. NO NRC1 - 1000000326212 - Tire RetreadingYesNoNoNoNoYes
University of Maryland, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry - College Park, MDCollege ParkMaryland20742-44549/26/2011UPDATED: University Reopens Chemistry Building After 'Violent' Explosion Two students treated for first- and second-degree burns. By Robert Mang and Shannon Hoffman Email the authorsSeptember 26, 2011 Print &nbps;0 Comments Tweet Email ¿ Back to Article View full size new Embed | Share Explosion The scene outside a chemistry building on the UMd. campus after an explosion on Sept. 26, 2011. Robert Mang Photos (10) Photos Credit Robert Mang Credit Shannon Hoffman Credit Robert Mang Credit Robert Mang Credit Robert Mang Credit Robert Mang CreditRobert MangCreditRobert MangCreditRobert MangCreditRobert MangAdd your photos & videos Updated 4:16 p.m.: The University of Maryland has reopened the chemistry building, according to a Department of Public Safety alert at 4:07 p.m. Update 3:56 p.m.: Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady also confirmed at the press conference that the two substances the students were experimenting with were nitric acid and sulfuric acid, although the original statement said nitrogen and sulfuric acid were involved. In all, there were 11 students in the lab at the time of the explosion, although only four were decontaminated, and two were injured with first- and second-degree burns and superficial lacerations. Update 3:29 p.m.: The explosion occurred when two students conducting an experiment poured two substances into a waste basket, which reacted with a third substance, Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said at a press conference Monday afternoon. He said that it is not uncommon for the department to respond to incidents at the chemistry building. It is not typical, however, the students are injured in such incidents, Brady said. He said that the chemistry building has been turned over to the University of Maryland, and it is now up to the university when to reopen. Brady also tweeted after the press conference that the "products" have been neutralized by the hazmat team, and that there was significant damage to the hood system. Update 3:15 p.m.: The chemical explosion occurred when nitrogen and sulfur acid were mixed in an experiment, according to a statement from the Prince George's County Fire Department. "The combination of these [two] products do not normally cause such a violent reaction," according to the statement. It was unknown if there were any other chemicals involved. These are the additional details provided in the statement: ¿There was a small fire on the first floor of Wing 3 near a ventilation hood that firefighters quickly extinguished before exiting the building. This contradicts the tweet from the fire department that the incident occurred on the third story. ¿There were four people (at least two of them students) in the lab where the explosion occurred. All of them have been decontaminated and treated by paramedics on the scene. ¿The two female students who suffered burns were transported to a burn unit, and are reported to be in good condition. Update 2:56 p.m.: The hazmat team has exited the chemistry building, but has yet to release its analysis from the samples and information gathered inside, according to tweets by the Prince George's County Fire Department spokesman. Update 2:43 p.m.: These are the facts according to the Twitter account of Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire Department: ¿Medics are treating two college-age females for minor first-degree burns and superficial lacerations. ¿The chemical reaction occurred on the third floor of the four-story chemistry building. ¿Initial tweet included a report of fires inside the building, which are reportedly extinguished. ¿Entire chemistry building has been evacuated. Update 2:20 p.m.: UMd. Public Safety reports that hazmat (dangerous substance) crews are on the scene. Original Story, 1:38 p.m. The Diamondback is reporting there was an explosion in a chemistry building on campus, resulting in fires that are now extinguished. Two females are being treated for burns and lacerations, according to The Diamondback. The university's Department of Public Safety issued an alert about the "chemical incident" at 1:18 p.m. Fire and police officials reported to the scene, according to the alert. The Department of Public Safety urges everyone to stay away from the scene. Related Topics: Fire, Universty of Maryland, and chemical explosion No NRC1 - 1000020611310 - Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schoolsnitric acid 7697-37-2YesNoNoNoNosulfuric acid 7664-93-9Yes
New Page Corporation/ Luke Paper Co.- Luke, MDLukeMaryland2154011/16/20111 Still Hospitalized From Md. Mill Chemical Leak November 17, 2011 10:13 AM Chemical Leak, Chlorine Dioxide, Luke, Paper Mill, Storage Tank LUKE, Md. (AP) — NewPage Corp. says one worker at its western Maryland paper mill remains hospitalized after a chemical leak that sent four people in for evaluation. A plant spokeswoman in Luke said Thursday the company is investigating the chlorine dioxide leak that prompted a nearly hourlong shutdown of part of Route 135 on Wednesday. Workers and local residents were told to stay indoors during that time. Chlorine dioxide is a gas used mainly for disinfecting water. Acute exposure results in irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. It can cause bronchitis, headache and vomiting. The company says mill operations have returned to normal. NewPage is based in Miamisburg, Ohio. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) Incident Report # 995747 INCIDENT DESCRIPTION *Report taken by: MST3 RUDOLPH GANTHER at 17:26 on 16-NOV-11 Incident Type: STORAGE TANK Incident Cause: EQUIPMENT FAILURE Affected Area: Incident occurred on 16-NOV-11 at 11:15 local incident time. Affected Medium: AIR ATMOSPHERE _______________________________________________________________________ REPORTING PARTY Name: RONALD PAUGH Organization: NEWPAGE CORPORATION/LUKE PAPER CO Address: 300 PRATT ST LUKE, MD 21540 PRIMARY Phone: (301)3593311 Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE _______________________________________________________________________ SUSPECTED RESPONSIBLE PARTY Name: RONALD PAUGH Organization: NEWPAGE CORPORATION/LUKE PAPER CO Address: 300 PRATT ST LUKE, MD 21540 PRIMARY Phone: (301)3593311 Type of Organization: PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT LOCATION 300 PRATT ST County: ALLEGANY City: LUKE State: MD Zip: 21540 _______________________________________________________________________ RELEASED MATERIAL(S) CHRIS Code: CLX Official Material Name: CHLORINE Also Known As: Qty Released: 33.5 POUND(S) ________________________________________________________________________ DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT CALLER IS REPORTING A BLEACH TANK WAS OVERFILLED AND SPILLED CHLORINE DIOXIDE SOLUTION RESULTING IN A RELEASE OF CHLORINE GAS TO THE AIR. ________________________________________________________________________ SENSITIVE INFORMATION ________________________________________________________________________ INCIDENT DETAILS Description of Tank: NO.2 BLEACHING TOWER Tank Above/Below Ground: ABOVE Transportable Container: NO Tank Regulated: YES Tank Regulated By: MD DEP Tank ID: Capacity of Tank: Actual Amount: ______________________________________________________________________ IMPACT Fire Involved: NO Fire Extinguished: UNKNOWN INJURIES: YES 4 Hospitalized: 4 Empl/Crew: Passenger: FATALITIES: NO Empl/Crew: Passenger: Occupant: EVACUATIONS:YES 400 Who Evacuated:EMPLOYEES Radius/Area: Damages: NO Hours Direction of Closure Type Description of Closure Closed Closure Air: N Road: N Major N Artery: Waterway: N Track: N Passengers Transferred: NO Environmental Impact: UNKNOWN Media Interest: NONE Community Impact due to Material: ______________________________________________________________________ REMEDIAL ACTIONS THE LIQUID LEVEL IN THE TANK WAS LOWERED TO STOP THE RELEASE OF GAS. Release Secured: YES Release Rate: Estimated Release Duration: ______________________________________________________________________ WEATHER Weather: RAINY, 60ºF ______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL AGENCIES NOTIFIED Federal: NONE State/Local: LEPC State/Local On Scene: NONE State Agency Number: NONE _______________________________________________________________________ NOTIFICATIONS BY NRC ATLANTIC STRIKE TEAM (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (609)7240008 CG INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE BALTIMORE (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (410)5762555 CHEM SAFETY AND HAZARD INVEST BOARD (CSB AUTOMATIC NOTIFICATIONS) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (202)3780334 DOT CRISIS MANAGEMENT CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (202)3661863 DOT OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL (OFFICE OF INVESTIGATORS) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (202)3295487 EPA OEM (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:41 (202)5643850 BURGESS EPA OEM (AFTER HOURS SECONDARY) 16-NOV-11 17:41 (202)5643850 BURGESS U.S. EPA III (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:42 (215)8149016 MATLOCK FLD INTEL SUPPORT TEAM BALTIMORE (CGIS) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (410)5762673 USCG NATIONAL COMMAND CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:42 (202)3722100 DUTY OFFICER NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORD CTR (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (202)2829201 NOAA RPTS FOR MD (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (206)5264911 NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER HQ (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:42 (202)2671136 NRCDO NTSB PIPELINE (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (202)3146293 HOMELAND SEC COORDINATION CENTER (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (202)2828300 PA STATE POLICE (BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (717)5255260 MD DEPT OF ENV (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (866)6334686 MD EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (410)5173600 PA EMERG MGMT AGCY (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (717)6512001 WEST VIRGINIA DEP (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (304)5585938 WV DEP ATTN: DUTY OFFICER (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (800)6423074 WV DEP SPILL LINE (MAIN OFFICE) 16-NOV-11 17:38 (304)3683960 _______________________________________________________________________ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION EVERYONE THAT WAS EVACUATED RETURNED TO WORK WITHIN AN HOUR. ______________________________________________________________________ 101 - 5000040322121 - Paper (except Newsprint) Millschlorine 7782-50-5NoNoNoYesNoNo
Plymouth Tube Co. - Salisbury, MDSalisburyMaryland21801-852112/6/2011INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: Worker in Salisbury exposed to harmful chemical 10:39 AM, Dec. 6, 2011 | Comments EmailPrintShare LinkedIn Tumblr StumbleUpon Reddit Del.icio.us Digg AA Purchase Image An unidentified man was exposed to ethanol fumes this morning at Plymouth Tube Company on Industrial Parkway. / Todd Dudek/The Daily TimesWritten by Daily Times Staff Report Filed Under News Local News SALISBURY — A male worker at Plymouth Tube Company, located on Industrial Parkway, was exposed to a harmful chemical at about 10:20 a.m. Salisbury Fire Chief Jeff Simpson said the unidentified man was exposed to ethanol fumes and was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. The man's condition is unknown at this time. No other workers were exposed to the fumes. NO NRCUnknown0010331210 - Iron and Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturing from Purchased SteelNoNoNoNoNoNo
Bates Middle SchoolAnnapolisMaryland214011/2/20122 injured after boiler explosion at Annapolis school Bates Middle School cleared to open Thursday Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel-county/2-injured-after-boiler-explosion-at-Annapolis-school/-/10137088/17983812/-/11k76su/-/index.html#ixzz2HPD3kkkX ANNAPOLIS, Md. —A boiler exploded, injuring two people at a school in Annapolis Wednesday morning. Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel-county/2-injured-after-boiler-explosion-at-Annapolis-school/-/10137088/17983812/-/11k76su/-/index.html#ixzz2HPD18C5g Fire crews were called to Bates Middle School in the 700 block of East Chase Street around 9 a.m., where they found two men suffering from surface burns and respiratory problems. The men were taken to Bayview Burn Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials said maintenance workers reported that a boiler at the school exploded, which fire crews later confirmed. The school district later said the men were attempting to refire the boiler when a small "puffback" occurred, releasing built-up pressure. There was no fire but there was lots of smoke and soot in the boiler room, the disrict said. Students at the school were evacuated to the nearby Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, and the school was closed at about 11:30 a.m. No one else was injured. Officials said there was no visible fire when they arrived. Building, fire and boiler inspectors cleared the building to open, and a cleaning team remained at the school Wednesday evening, conducting air tests. Air tests and other safety inspections at the school have been completed, and the school has heat and running water. As such, Bates will open on time Thursday, the district announced Wednesday evening. Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel-county/2-injured-after-boiler-explosion-at-Annapolis-school/-/10137088/17983812/-/11k76su/-/index.html#ixzz2HPCxDOc8101 - 5000020611110 - Elementary and Secondary SchoolsNoNoNoYesNoYes
Centerdel FarmKennedyvilleMaryland216455/24/2012Pa. Man, 2 Sons Recovered From Manure Pit in Md. Posted: May 24, 2012 6:52 AM EDT Updated: May 24, 2012 3:47 PM EDT By Kye Parsons - email By Steven Fisher - emailVideo Gallery Pa. Man, 2 Sons Recovered From Manure Pit in Md. 1:27 (Photos WBOC Chopper 16) KENNEDYVILLE, Md.- Maryland State Police say the bodies of a father and his two teenage sons have been recovered from a large manure pit on the upper Eastern Shore. Police said Thursday it is not clear how the three victims became submerged in the manure pit at a large dairy farm where they worked on the 12000 block of Vansant Corner Road in Kennedyville. They were tentatively identified as 48-year-old Glen W. Nolt, of Peach Bottom, Pa., and his sons, 18-year-old Kelvin R. Nolt and 14-year-old Cleason S. Nolt. Their bodies will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies to determine the cause of their deaths. Police say when the three did not come home to milk their dairy cows Wednesday evening, family members became concerned and drove to the farm. Persons at the farm found a tractor and the victims' pickup truck still running and parked beside the 2-million gallon manure septic pond where the three were believed to have been working. The Kent County Sheriff's Office contacted Maryland State Police and requested that state police criminal investigators assume the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of the three. State police from the Centreville Barrack and the Kent Bureau of Investigation remain on the scene and are continuing the investigation. According to police, evidence from the scene indicates the three may have been working with an auger at the manure pit. Investigators said the victims came to the farm each day and pumped liquid manure through large augers that sprayed the manure onto the ground where it was dried before being spread on other farm fields. Troopers said the manure pit is 150 feet by 300 feet and is 20 feet deep, with steep sloping sides. Vacuum trucks from a nearby farm were called in and began removing the manure from the pit as rescue personnel searched for the three. Multiple trucks responded to spread the manure on fields throughout the night. The body of the first victim, believed to be the father, was found submerged in the manure pit about 1:15 a.m. Thursday. The bodies of his sons were found submerged in the pit, one at about 4 a.m., and the other at 5:45 a.m. Thursday. Investigators said they are unsure at this time as to how all three victims became submerged in the manure pit. Other individuals working on the farm Wednesday afternoon have been interviewed, but troopers said no witnesses to what happened have been located. At this time there is no evidence of foul play, police said. Thomas Clark, who runs a nearby farm, said there is a lot that can go wrong when working on a farm. "It's awful but things around farms happen and if people don't take care of business, things are going to happen," Clark said. "Around farms it's just like any other industry. It has its pitfalls." The Nolt's were known for doing their own custom work pumping out manure pits. Jordan Clark of Chestertown was shocked to learn about their deaths. He said these kind of accidents are rare. "Not too many crazy things like that happen around here," Clark said. Unknown3000112120 - Dairy Cattle and Milk ProductionNoYesNoNoNoNo
Cullen FarmsCrisfieldMaryland2181710/20/2012Man Severely Burned in Oil Tank Explosion Posted Oct 22, 2012 11:44 AM EDT By Kyle Parsons MARION STATION, Md.- Authorities say a 21-year old man using a cutting torch on an oil tank was severely burned in an explosion that occurred Saturday afternoon at Cullen Farm on Marion-Crisfield Road in Somerset County. The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said that shortly before 1 p.m., the Tasley, Va., man and his 52-year-old father were using an acetylene torch and performing a cutting operation on a large oil tank- which had previously been used to store gasoline- when the tank exploded. The explosion subsequently ignited a nearby 20-foot by 30-foot pole building. Investigators believe that neither man knew the tank had previously stored the flammable liquid. The 21-year-old suffered second-and-third degree burns to more than 90 percent of his body. He was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the Bayview Medical Center Burn Unit in Baltimore. The man's father was initially transported to McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries but was later transferred to Bayview Medical Center. The explosion brought 15 firefighters from Marion Volunteer Fire Company to the scene and took approximately 25 minutes to bring the fire under control. Unknown0020112340 - Poultry Hatcheriesacetylene 74-86-2YesNoNoYesNogasoline 8006-61-9No
Mr. TireBaltimoreMaryland21236-370511/23/2012The Associated Press State & Local Wire November 23, 2012 Friday 11:34 PM GMT Employee hurt in auto repair shop fire SECTION: STATE AND REGIONAL LENGTH: 74 words DATELINE: PARKVILLE Md. Baltimore County fire officials say a man was burned in a fire at an auto repair shop in Parkville. Firefighters were called to Mr. Tire about 3:45 p.m. Friday and saw smoke and flames in the front of the building. The fire was quickly brought under control. Authorities say an employee of the shop was taken to a local hospital with first- and second-degree burns. Fire officials say the blaze occurred when a vehicle under repair caught on fire. Unknown0010441320 - Tire DealersNoNoNoYesNoYes
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