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Derailment Of Gasoline Cars

Derailment of gasoline cars

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
A 20-car convoy left a tunnel around 11:30 pm in order to cross a train station when 7 tanks carrying 80 m3 of gasoline derailed. An axle with an overheated roller bearing broke on one of the railcars. Traces on[...]
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Explosion in an oil depot

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  • FRANCE
A leak occurred at the level of a fitting on a 12" racking pipe located downstream of the foot valve on a 4,525 m³ tank containing unleaded gasoline with a 98 octane rating (SP98). The retention basin of this tank[...]
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Derailment Of A Petrol Train And Fire

Derailment of a petrol train and fire

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  • FRANCE
A 22-railcar convoy derailed at 11:50 pm in a small town of 2,000 residents; 9 tanks carrying 80 m³ of unleaded fuel spilled, ignited and exploded. This burning gasoline consumed dwellings and reached the sewer system. Electricity had to be[...]
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Explosion following a refinery leak

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  • FRANCE
An explosion occurred around 1:00 am in a single-family dwelling. On their return from a trip, the homeowner by drawing hot water from a tap caused the water heater to turn on, causing ignition of the hydrocarbon vapours that had[...]
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Fire In A Tire Depot

Fire in a tire depot

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  • CANADA
Fire broke out in an open depot containing 10 million tyres (200,000 m³) over a 5-ha zone, which was divided into 5 storage areas with a 4-m average height (max: 7 m). The blaze began in a corner of the[...]
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Explosion and fire in a chemical factory

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  • FRANCE
An explosion and a fire occurred during the night in a chemical plant during the manufacture of a silicon oil- and additive-based waterproofing agent. A junior technician (hired 6 months back), recently assigned to this post, was left without supervision[...]
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Fire In A Warehouse Of Phytosanitary Products

Fire in a warehouse of phytosanitary products

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  • SUISSE
A fire broke out within a warehouse (depot 956) containing phytosanitary products south of Basel. The first responders had been on the scene for 20 min. when fire-fighting teams from neighbouring sites arrived to provide backup. The 80-m high flames[...]
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Pollution Of The RHONE By Pyrocatechine

Pollution of the RHONE by pyrocatechine

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  • FRANCE
At around 10.15 pm, a fire engulfed a 1,600-m² warehouse containing finished chemical products. Despite rapid intervention, the fire menaced a nitric acid production unit, thirteen 1-ton containers of dimethylsulfate (DMSO4) and ammonia tanks. The metal framework and the roof[...]
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Release Of Acrolein In RHONE

Release of acrolein in RHONE

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  • FRANCE
20 t of acrolein was released into the Rhone River. The manufacturing unit was undergoing its annual shutdown at the time and the neutralisation ponds (2 x 250 m³) were under repair. For the last four months, the tank cleaning[...]
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