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Explosion in a pharmaceutical plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
In a pharmaceutical plant, during an operation intended to remove dimethylsulfide (an odoriferous compound), a violent explosion audible for several kilometres fractured equipment (rupture disc, manifolds...) on a tank containing a cyclohexane-rich flammable distillate, and blew windows out of a[...]
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Fire In A Catering Facility

Fire in a catering facility

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
A catering facility (handling 35 tonnes/day), in the process of obtaining administrative authorisations, ignited (due to flames or a short circuit?) around 1:10 pm at the periphery of an industrial zone. 4,000 m² were destroyed within 17 min, followed by[...]
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Pollution of the ENNS following an oil spill on a tank

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  • AUTRICHE
Inside a motor factory the day after a pressure test was conducted on a double-shell tank containing hydrocarbons, pollutants spilled into the ENNS River; local fishermen made the discovery. This pollution outbreak affected 35 km of river length and 3[...]
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Ammonia leak in a fertilizer plant

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  • FRANCE
On a tubular exchanger, a disc broke over ¼ of its cross-section at 4:50 am during a pressure surge in the liquid ammonia (NH3) circuit connecting medium-pressure NH3 storage cells to a urea workshop operating under stable conditions. A valve[...]
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NH3 Leak In A Slaughterhouse

NH3 leak in a slaughterhouse

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  • FRANCE
In the attic of a slaughterhouse, 2.2 tonnes of ammonia (NH3) intended for recycling back to the unit leaked onto a solenoid valve on the low-pressure return circuit of a ground beef freezer. Employees were evacuated for 24 hrs, 40[...]
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Hydrogen Explosion And Fire

Hydrogen explosion and fire

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  • FRANCE
An explosion and fire occurred at night inside a workshop dedicated to toluene di-amine (TDA) synthesis by means of hydrogenating dinitrotoluene (DNT) in the presence of Raney nickel; the workshop had been taken offline for scheduled maintenance. Internal fire-fighters had[...]
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Ammonia leak in a fertilizer factory

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  • FRANCE
In a fertilizer production plant, an ammonia leak injured 3 workers, one of whom died. On December 1st, 1994, the weekly cleaning of the dryer was scheduled. The tubular reactor of this dryer was shut off at 6:25 am then[...]
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  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary : Sur un site chimique en milieu urbain, un disque de sécurité éclate et une soupape s'ouvre à 21h31 et durant[...]
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Explosion of a thermal power plant

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  • FRANCE
An explosion occurred at 1:30 am inside an urban heating plant (500 MW, 6,000 m² floor area), with the energy dissipated into the ground estimated at the equivalent of a 50 kg charge of TNT. Operational since 1987, this heating[...]
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