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Little General Store Propane Explosion

Incident Description:On January 30, 2007, a propane explosion at the Little General Store in Ghent, West Virginia, killed two emergency responders (the Incident Commander (IC) and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)) and two propane service technicians, and injured six others that included the second EMT. The explosion leveled the store, destroyed a responding ambulance, and damaged other nearby vehicles.

MFG Chemical Inc. Toxic Gas Release

Incident Description:On April 12, 2004, a runaway chemical reaction during the production of triallyl cyanurate at MFG Chemical, Inc.  (MFG) in Dalton, Georgia, released highly toxic and flammable allyl alcohol and toxic allyl chloride into the nearby community, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 families.  One worker received chemical burns and 154 people, including 15 police and ambulance personnel, required decontamination and treatment for chemical exposure.  The applicable emergency response plans lacked sufficient shelter-in-place and evacuation information; and the emergency response HAZMAT teams did not have sufficient personal protective or air monitoring equipment.


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