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A massive fire has broken out in a chemical factory in Kharkhada, India

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A massive fire has broken out in a chemical factory in Kharkhada area of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut. Six fire tenders have reached the spot, and firefighting operations are under. Senior officials have also rushed to the spot.

No reports of injuries so far.

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Train derailment sparks chemical fire, residents evacuated in Lilburn, Georgia, USA

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Authorities responded to the scene of a “major” train derailment in Lilburn along the CSX line early Sunday morning.

Drone video revealed the crisscrossed mess authorities will spend the next few days untangling after a washed-out track derailed at least a dozen CSX cars and locomotives.

A conductor and engineer were inside but able to free themselves from the wreckage and walk to a nearby command post, where they were taken to a nearby hospital, according to a CSX spokesperson.

Authorities told FOX 5’s Emilie Ikeda most of the derailed cars were in the front sections, falling down the embankment between Camp Creek and Harmony Grove Road.

The crash spilled material around 1:45 a.m., fueling what Gwinnett County Fire officials are calling a chemical fire with potentially hazardous material.

The resulting pinkish-orange plume of smoke was the main cause for concern. Lilburn police went door-to-door, evacuating about a square-mile swath of residents, largely in the cul-de-sacs of Bailey Drive and Jon Jeff Drive.

CSX blamed the severe rain and flash flooding conditions in the area for the derailment.

The crash happened along a river, swollen by the remnants of Delta.

Authorities would not specify the cause of the distinct smell in the air, but local officials said atmospheric testing was showing safe levels, allowing residents to re-enter their homes around 5:45 a.m.

The incident impacted the line from Main Street in Lilburn to Harmony Grove Road.

Drivers traveling between the Main Street and Rockbridge Road areas should expect delays throughout Sunday, police are asking the area to be avoided if possible.

In a Facebook post, the Lilburn police department said Greenway Trail between Main Street and Harmony Grove is expected to be closed for the next few days.

State and federal water management personnel will be examining the impact of any runoff.

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Panic as fireball erupts over Mossmorran chemical plant in Fife, Scotland

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PANIC has spread across Edinburgh tonight after a huge blaze erupted at a chemical plant near Scotland’s capital.

In pictures seen tonight, a huge fire has sparked at the Mossmorran chemical plant. On social media, worried residents shared pictures showing the huge orange blaze in the night sky. Such was the power of the blaze, residents in Edinburgh could see the fire light up the sky although the plant is located in Fife.

The chemical plant has come under scrutiny following an elevated flaring at the site on Sunday – which is also what happened tonight.

The first incident had taken place at the site on 3.30am after being reported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

ExxonMobil, who own the plan near Cowdenbeath on the east coast, have pledged to launch an investigation into why Sunday’s incident took place.

A statement for tonight’s incident has not yet been released by ExxonMobil.

One person said on Twitter: “Like a volcano on the doorstep!!

“Edinburgh should be worried – not only Fife.

“Experts warned of this from planning stage.”

Another person: “Why is there a blazing fire in the distance in Edinburgh’s skyline?

“I’m on the outskirts and it’s neon orange.”

Following the flare on Sunday, SEPA’s head of environmental performance, Chris Dailly, confirmed an investigation will now take place.

“Whilst limited, controlled flaring is an authorised and important safety feature of industrial sites, we know it has been happening too often at Mossmorran and the community impacts are often significant.

“Whilst we don’t know yet from the company the cause of the latest flaring or expected duration, we will provide further updates as soon as further information becomes available.”

SEPA also has monitors to analyse the damage to air quality or if permit conditions have been violated.

The agency also confirmed they had received 380 complaints over the incident.

Following Sunday’s flare, ExxonMobil did apologise to the local residents and stated there had been a “process interruption”.

They tweeted on Sunday: “As our team undertakes the safe re-start of our compressor, you may see some fluctuations in our elevated flare tonight.

“We will continue to minimise the size of the flare wherever possible and apologise again for any frustration caused by this work.”

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Major fire breaks out at chemical factory in Kurkumbh, India #Fire #ChemicalFactory #Kurkumbh #India

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A major fire broke out at a chemical processing factory located in the industrial cluster at Kurkumbh, off Pune-Solapur Road, in the early hours of Thursday. It took eight fire tenders from various agencies more than four hours to bring the fire under control, said officials.

The fire station in the Kurkumbh MIDC (Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation) area received a call about a major fire on the premises of a chemical processing unit around at about 1.45 am on Thursday.

“We received information about a fire at Shivshakti Oxalate company in the industrial cluster. We first dispatched the two fire tenders with us. After getting to know of the intensity of the fire, we called for additional tenders from Baramati MIDC, Jejuri municipality, Pune Municipal Corporation and also that from a private company. As the unit had been storing many types of solvents, which are highly flammable, the fire went on spreading for a while across its premises. It took eight tenders and additional tankers more than four hours to control the fire,” said Kurkumbh MIDC Fire Station Officer Sudhir Khandekar.

“There were 10 staffers and workers on the premises when the fire started. They all managed to come out safely before we reached. There were two dogs stuck in their kennels. Our firemen rescued the two canines amidst blazing fire. As to the cause, there is a possibility of the fire having been started due to an short circuit at a particular point, resulting in the solvents catching fire. Many drums of the solvents aggravated the fire further,” added Khandekar.

A major fire was reported from another industrial unit in the same area in the third week of May this year.

Pune District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh said, “I had sought a report from the concerned industrial safety and MIDC officials. Their primary report points to a short circuit as the primary cause of the fire. We will be issuing directives to concerned agencies and stakeholders to take steps for averting such incidents in the future.”

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Several paramedics and firefighters hospitalized following chemical fire in Mississauga, Canada #ChemicalFire #Mississauga #Canada

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A fire has sent several people to the hospital this evening.

Police confirmed that a chemical fire broke out in the area of Mavis Road and White Clover Way, although the exact cause of the fire has not yet been disclosed.

In addition to several responding paramedics and firefighters being hospitalized, early reports indicate one person has been pronounced dead.

“Our thoughts are with the Peel Paramedics and Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services members in hospital,” said the Peel Paramedic Union, who says this is still an active incident.

More information to come as the investigation continues.

Residents should avoid the area until further notice.

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Explosion rocks Palm Bay chemical plant in Florida, USA #Explosion #ChemicalPlant #PalmBay #Florida #USA

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No injuries have been reported after an explosion rocked a chemical plant in Palm Bay Tuesday morning, sending clouds of thick black smoke into the sky.

Police in both Palm Bay and Melbourne tweeted about the incident shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

About 30 minutes later, Palm Bay Fire Rescue confirmed that the explosion happened at FAR Chemical on Wilhelmina Court. According to its website, FAR Chemical has been “handling and processing complex and hazardous chemistries” at its Palm Bay facility for the past 35 years.

The chemicals manufactured at the site are used in pharmaceuticals, coatings, adhesives, sealants, composites, flavors and fragrances.

The plant has been evacuated.

According to Palm Bay Fire Rescue, the explosion originated from an industrial storage area containing 30 to 40 50-gallon barrels of an isopropyl alcohol-based solution.

“Hazmat teams are on scene and have confirmed that the materials and resulting plume are non-toxic. One business was evacuated due to the explosion; however, no additional evacuations are required at this time,” a news release read.

The exact cause of the explosion is under investigation, although a Palm Bay Fire Rescue official said a refrigeration issue caused a fire, which in turn ignited barrels of solvent.

U.S. 1 and RJ Conlan Boulevard were closed to traffic until all roads opened at about 2:15 p.m.

Pictures show thick plumes of smoke coming from the facility.

Tasha Wadsworth told News 6 that the explosion shook her car as she was driving near the plant at about 10:39 a.m. She said the first explosion, was followed by several others.

Cracking and popping noises can be heard in a video she recorded of the black, billowing smoke.

A woman who called 911 told the operator, “A building just blew up.”

Moments later, she added, “It keeps blowing up.”

She said she saw flames and plumes of smoke coming from the area.

“I heard three explosions so far and people are stopping on the bridge. Oh my God. Oh this is terrible, oh my God,” she said.

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Big Fire in Svishtov Chemical Plant “Svilosa”, Bulgaria #Fire #ChemicalPlant #Svilosa #Svishtov #Bulgaria

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A big fire broke out in the Svishtov enterprise “Svilosa”. According to NOVA, wood waste is burning.

8 fire brigade teams are fighting the flames, which cover about 800 square meters of the plant.

“There is no danger of gassing for people. The fire is localized. All available equipment is harnessed. A wood warehouse is burning. There is no wind to spread the flames,” said the company’s commercial director Ivan Ganev.

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Massive fire breaks out at chemical factory in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India #Fire #Agra #UttarPradesh #India

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A massive fire broke out at a chemical factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra on Monday. Thick smoke could be seen billowing out of the factory. Meanwhile, fire tenders are at the spot to douse the blaze. Some reports are saying that the as teh fire engulfed the entire factory, the locality was engulfed with thick dark smoke. The blaze is so massive that it was visible from few kilometres away.

Reports said that the factory comes falls under the jurisdiction of a police station in Sikandra area. On getting information about the massive fire, SP City rushed to the spot. No casualties have been reported so far. The factory is near the Sudhir Dharamkanta.

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