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Explosion In A Zinc Refining Unit

Explosion in a zinc refining unit

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  • FRANCE
An explosion occurred around 12:30 pm on a cadmium vaporization column inside a unit devoted to refining zinc by means of fractional distillation. A cloud of zinc vapour and zinc oxide powder (?), combining to form an opaque white fog,[...]
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Explosion In A Refinery

Explosion in a refinery

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  • FRANCE
An extremely violent explosion occurred at 5:20 am inside a refinery operating normally; this blast, felt up to 30 km away, was followed by several others. The internal emergency plan was activated at 5:45 and rescue teams called to the scene.[...]
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Ammonia leak in a fertilizer production plant

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  • FRANCE
At around 6.30 pm, 5 t of ammonia (NH3) was released over a 15-minute period from 2 valves at a height of 8/10 m on equipment used to manufacture an ammonium nitrate solution. 4 persons located at 1,100 m to[...]
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Explosion Of An Ammonia Tank

Explosion of an ammonia tank

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  • SENEGAL
A unconnected tanker truck carrying liquid ammonia (NH3) burst open at an industrial facility. Propelled by chemical reaction, with the front part "of the tanker clipped some of the installations then smashed into the wall of an electrical service building,[...]
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Gas leak

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  • FRANCE
Five tons of liquid propane leak occurred during transferring from a tank car to a propane sphere. The leak was caused by a malfunctioning rupture unit on a loading arm in which only 2 of the 3 rupture blades ruptured.[...]
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Hydrogen tank explosion in a chemical plant

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  • FRANCE
At 6.10 am, a 3000 litre hydrogen gas tank dating back to 1939 (L=14 m, diam.=570 mm) exploded at 135 bar during hydrogenation in a chemical site. The technicians who witnessed the violent explosion followed by a red-orangey fire ball[...]
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Vinyl chloride and PVC leak in a chemical plant

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  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary : Une émission de 3,5 t de CVM a lieu sur un site chimique fabricant du PVC. La chaîne Poly III[...]
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Pollution Of The RHONE By Pyrocatechine

Pollution of the RHONE by pyrocatechine

  • Accident report
  • 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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