Chemical Plant explosions and fires

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Emergency crews brought the flames from a pipeline explosion in Wallis in Fort Bend County under control about an hour after it occurred.
The explosion happened at 15400 JoAnn near FM 1952, between Wallis and Orchard. Orchard is about 15 minutes north of Rosenberg.

On the way to the scene in SkyEye, helicopter reporter Tammy Rose said the flames could be seen from 30 miles away.

According to the county's office of emergency management, this happened in an isolated area in a field.

Energy Transfer owns the pipeline.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George said that residents surrounding the area were evacuated as a precaution.

No injuries were reported and there was minimal property damage as a result.

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MK Scarlett

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1 man dead, 3 injured in explosion at Dorval industrial laboratory

A man in his 40s has died after an explosion at an industrial lab in Dorval, Que., late Friday morning.

The man died before he could be sent to hospital. At least three other people were also injured, the ambulance service covering Montreal and Laval said.

Emergency services responded to a call at around 11:30 a.m and rushed to the Polymer Source research centre on Avro Street in Dorval's industrial park.

That was on last Friday morning, and the authorities say they were called around 11:30 a.m.

The research center in Montreal's Dorval suburb markets itself as a chemical laboratory that supplies research grade polymers and biopolymers to scientists.

From their Website:
We work at the intersection of materials science, chemical engineering, synthetic biology and nanotechnology.
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MK Scarlett

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Remember the two years ago blast of silos in Beirut port?

Smoldering Beirut port silo risks total collapse amid fire

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Firefighters extinguish a fire at the silos in the north block of the Beirut Port in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 21, 2022. The silos were destroyed by a massive explosion in 2020 and the structure might have caught on fire due to fermented grains.

Lebanon's prime minister on Friday warned that the ruin of a massive grain silo risks total collapse due to an ongoing fire that's expanding amid the summer heat at the Beirut port where a devastating blast two years ago tore through the Mediterranean city.

A fire in the structure has been smoldering for the past two weeks due to 800 tons of grain inside fermenting in the hot weather. The government said the fire expanded after flames reached nearby electrical cables.


The fire and the dramatic sight of the smoldering, partially blackened silo is reviving memories and in some cases trauma for survivors of the gigantic explosion that tore through the port two years ago. Experts say part of the structure is leaning and in danger of tipping over.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who oversees a caretaker government, ordered firefighters and civil defense volunteers to step back Friday for their safety. Civil Defense volunteer Youssef Mallah told The Associated Press that they are still at the port, but have been ordered to stay far from the silo.

The August 2020 blast was caused by hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material used in fertilizers, that had been improperly stored for years at the port's warehouse.

The tall structure withstood the force, effectively shielding the western part of Beirut from the explosion that killed over 200 people, wounded more than 6,000 and badly damaged entire neighborhoods.

The government said experts had warned that trying to put out the fire with water could worsen it due to humidity, but the Interior Minister on Thursday ordered firefighters to try to contain the fire with water anyway. Over the weekend, the Lebanese army sent a helicopter to try to douse the fire with water as well.

Another minister warned last week that the situation at the port was 'œtricky and complicated', and warned of a collapse.

Emmanuel Durand, a French civil engineer who volunteered for the government-commissioned team of experts said the north block of the silo was 'œon path for catastrophic failure' and that a collapse was inevitable at this point. He told the AP the grain fire could not be extinguished by water, which actually fuels the process of fermentation and can make the silo tilt faster.

Durand, who is based in Switzerland, has been monitoring the silo for two years via sensors, and sending warnings to the government. The silo that have been tilting at no more than 0.5 millimeters a day two weeks ago are now moving at 'œcruise speed' with 2 millimeters an hour, he said.

Earlier this year, the Lebanese government moved to demolish the silo, but was forced to suspend the decision following protests from families of the blast's victims and survivors, who have yet to see justice served. They argue that the silo may contain evidence useful for a judicial probe. Some also say the silo should stand as a memorial for the tragic incident.

The judicial probe revealed that range of government officials knew about the dangerous substance that had been stored at the port for years, but did not take meaningful action to remove it or dispose of it. No officials have been yet been convicted.

Those implicated have lodged legal complaints against the judge leading the investigation. A rally organized by the Hezbollah group against the judge leading the probe turned deadly last year, with six people were killed and dozens wounded.

I also put the info in the Wildfires around the world: Increasing in frequency and intensity? thread.

I was wondering if it should be in the Beirut Explosion as well...
 

MK Scarlett

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Multiple explosions, fire at Madera County brewery

July 27th, 2022 - California

A fire and multiple explosions at a brewery rocked a Madera County neighborhood on Tuesday night.
The blaze at Riley's Brewing on Avenue 15 and Road 29 started around 8 pm.
Neighbors in the area say they hear several booms before the flames.

In fact the booms were so intense, they shook the ground.
The fire started in one of the brewery's buildings and spread to a large silo filled with ethanol. No one was there when the flames broke out.
Over a dozen fire crews responded - some came from as far as the foothills to help.
An ABC30 crew at the scene saw flames so massive, they lit up the sky and could be seen from miles away.
The intensity of the flames even burned one of the fire crews' water tanks.
CAL FIRE Madera said the fire will likely keep burning for hours through the night.
 

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A doozie of an explosion in Indiana. 3 dead and a rather astonishing 11 of the 39 homes damaged in the explosion are "uninhabitable." Would a leaking gas pipe do that much damage?

 
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