Friday round-up

Chemical health and safety news from the past week:

Mystery of the week:

  • Kids collect rocks from beach. Mom puts rocks in pocket. Mom’s shorts catch fire. “The rocks were small and smooth. One was greenish in color and another had rusty orange streaks,” and it looks like phosphorus was involved. Anyone care to guess what happened? Seems like it would have to be related to the rocks rubbing together in the pocket, either bringing together two chemicals or exposing a layer of something. UPDATE: See Arr Oh weighs in.

Fires and explosions:

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

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

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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