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Friday round-up

Chemical health and safety news from the past week:

Fires and explosions:

  • A fire at New York titanium scrap processor Goldman Titanium is the second in three months, and neighbors aren’t happy about exposure to the fire-fighting foam
  • A fire at Hebei Jianxin Chemical in China reportedly “was ignited by nitrobenzene created after sulfur trioxide leaked from the chemical workshop met humid air” (anyone want to try to balance that reaction? SO3 + H2O -> C6H5NO2?)
  • This sounds like a fuel fire but I’m including it because I’m amused by the Seattle Weekly blog post: Washington man burned in explosion while making hashish. Investigators “found 6.5 pounds of marijuana, butane bottles, drug paraphernalia and hashish” and the blog adds “In the interest of public safety, here are three helpful videos on making hash–none of which involve the use of butane bottles.” (A commenter then adds that “People who make hash oil often use butane.”)

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

Not covered: meth labs; ammonia leaks; incidents involving floor sealants, cleaning solutions, or pool chemicals; and fires from oil, natural gas, or other fuels

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