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Explosion In A Pharmaceutical Factory

Explosion in a pharmaceutical factory

  • Accident report
  • AUTRICHE
In a chemical plant, an explosion occurred when a glyoxylic acid production line using the ozonisation technique was re-started. The facility was destroyed a year ago by an explosion followed by a fire (ARIA 25337). The internal emergency plan and the[...]
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Opening Of A Rupture Disc On A Chemical Reactor

Opening of a rupture disc on a chemical reactor

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The safety disc on a reactor broke during an oxidation reaction at a chemical plant. The reaction medium emitted from the gas washing towers, i.e. a soda effluent (pH = 10) loaded with cyanide (6 ppm), partially vaporised and destroyed[...]
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Chlorine Leak On A Pipe In A Chlorine Liquefaction Unit

Chlorine leak on a pipe in a chlorine liquefaction unit

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
During the re-start phase of an electrolysis workshop in a chemical plant, chlorine (Cl2) gas leaked from a pipeline in a confined chlorine liquefaction unit. The operators shutdown the facilities and evacuated the premises. The internal emergency plan of the[...]
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Toxic release when degassing a container of PCl3

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At a chemical plant, a large cloud of phosphorus trichloride (PCl3) and hydrogen chloride was released during a degassing test conducted on a PCl3 iso-container damaged during an incident that same morning (ARIA 26003). The plant's internal emergency plan was[...]
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Explosion Followed By A Fire In A Dispersant Unit

Explosion followed by a fire in a dispersant unit

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
An explosion followed by fire occurred at 3.20 am in a plant's lubricant additive manufacturing facility located in a harbour-based industrial zone. The unit, experiencing an operational shutdown for the last 3 days, appeared to be empty of all additives at[...]
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Explosion Followed By A Fire In A Chemical Plant

Explosion followed by a fire in a chemical plant

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  • ITALIE
At a chemical plant, a tank containing a mix of toluene-2,6-diisocyanate (TDI) / tars with a high boiling point increased in pressure and exploded around 7:40 pm. The cloud ignited 5 min later; afterwards, the fire was fed by 20[...]
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Fire And Explosions In A Fireworks Factory

Fire and explosions in a fireworks factory

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  • AUSTRALIE
At 8:45 am, a series of fires and 3 explosions broke out at a 10-ha fireworks storage site. A technician withdrew a series of electric detonators on fireworks ground packs, then a second technician sorted these detonators by colour for[...]
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