A 64-foot-tall industrial autoclave that separated under 90 pounds per square inch pressure is being blamed for a massive nitrogen release on Dec. 27 in Wichita, Kansas, that blew apart a section of the Beechcraft aircraft plant, injuring 15 workers and contractors.
January 9, 2020
Dangerous chemical reactions led to explosions that killed three people in two separate incidents at a West Virginia facility for decontaminating obsolete odorizer vessels, a U.S. Chemical Safety Board report issued Tuesday states.
December 17, 2019
A report released by the Harris County Fire Marshal's office isolates the cause of the March 2019 terminal fire in Deer Park, Texas, as a mechanical failure at a key control point for an 80,000-gallon storage tank containing butane enriched naphtha.
December 6, 2019
"Angels' share" refers to the portion of a distilled spirit lost to evaporation during aging. On July 2, 2019 in Woodford County, Kentucky somebody else wanted a taste.
October 2, 2019
Rather than race to the scene, Superior, Wisconsin, Fire Chief Steve Panger went straight to fire department headquarters when an April 26 refinery explosion rocked the community.
July 1, 2018
Williams Fire & Hazard Control was ready, willing, and able to extinguish the aftermath of a crude oil boilover in Nicaragua that left two 150-foot diameter storage tanks in flames.
October 1, 2016
Maine firefighters respond to a train disaster in Lac-Megantic.
January 1, 2014
Dubbed "the most serious U.S. refinery incident in recent years" by a top U.S. Chemical Safety Board official, an Aug. 6 flammable vapor explosion at a Richmond, Calif., refinery is under investigation by that agency.
October 1, 2012
On a clear day, an explosion blew the roofs off two oil storage tanks containing more than 33,000 gallons of crude oil located in Jefferson Davis County.
April 1, 2012
A fire at the Magnablend chemical plant just south of Dallas destroyed a tower ladder fire truck.
January 1, 2012
For decades, the mill's wooden surfaces had been saturated by spilled fuel, lubricants and flammable chemicals used in the manufacturing processes.
July 1, 2011
An oil slick that spread across thousands of miles of the Gulf of Mexico drew upon two of the leading names in industrial fire protection — Williams Fire & Hazard Control and Wild Well Control.
April 1, 2011
A vapor blast sweeps through Puerto Rico terminal.
January 1, 2010
Los Angeles County Fire Department responders were forced to deal with a fire in a 679-foot tunnel used to move petroleum coke beneath a busy rail corridor.
May 1, 2009
When a lightning strike ignited a 100-foot-diameter xylene storage tank at Sunoco's Eagle Point refinery in Westville, N.J., the refinery's chief exceeded the NFPA guidelines for foam application by nearly 40 percent.
January 1, 2008