In a 3,000 m² vinegar factory, a 150 m³ tank containing 40 m³ of alcohol vinegar exploded at around 9:40 a.m. while undergoing welding work. The tank, measuring 13 m in height and 4 m in diameter, was projected like a missile. It flew through the roof and landed 80 m from the building, on the Nîmes-Grau du Roi railway line. The emergency rescue services took 2 injured employees to the hospital, one of whom had been badly burned. Rail traffic was interrupted. The spilt alcohol was collected in the holding tank. The building adjoining the [...]
Une explosion pneumatique se produit vers 16 h dans une usine pyrotechnique spécialisée dans la fabrication de poudre de chasse et de tir sportif à base de nitrocellulose. L'événement a eu lieu pendant une opération de sciage sur une conduite d'aspiration (tube vertical inox de 80 mm de diamètre), localisée dans le local extracteur d'un bâtiment de production. Au moment de l'accident, le site est en arrêt technique annuel, péri [...]
A storm surge coinciding with high tides raised the level of the Humber Estuary. The water flooded the gates of the port and filled the port to overflowing. A Seveso-classified chemical and hydrocarbon storage terminal was under 1 m of water. Following the weather alerts, the site shut down its operations and isolated its electrical power supplies. The terminal's non-essential employees were evacuated; the rest were moved to the safety of the upper floors of the operations building.
The walls surrounding the retention tanks were not flooded and [...]