August 28, 1993 |
Thousands of people were forced from their homes and dozens sought medical treatment Friday after a series of explosions at a chemical plant released a cloud of caustic fumes. No one was seriously injured, authorities said. About 5,000 people in a one-mile radius around the Aztec Catalyst Co. plant fled to temporary shelters. More than 40 people were treated at hospitals for minor complaints, such as throat and eye irritation, officials said.
February 27, 1989
Several thousand people were evacuated from an area about a mile from downtown Akron, Ohio, after four tanker cars exploded and burned following a train derailment. Seventeen cars were derailed and nine of them were carrying highly flammable butane. At least 1,500 homes were evacuated. Firefighters and police knocked on the doors of houses where they asked residents to go to a nearby regional transit garage, where buses would take them to a high school shelter.
November 23, 1994 |
Shell Chemical Agrees to Pay Penalties Related to Explosion: The division of Shell Oil Co., the U.S. arm of Royal/Dutch Shell Group, agreed to pay $3.02 million in penalties to settle charges related to a fatal explosion at an Ohio plant, the Labor Department said. Shell Chemical Co. also agreed to make significant improvements at its Belpre, Ohio, facility, where an explosion killed three workers on May 27, said the department's Occupational Safety & Health Administration unit.
October 25, 1989 |
Explosions that may have been caused by illegal fireworks leveled one house and set two others on fire in Conneaut, Ohio, killing at least two people and injuring 13 others, authorities said. Fire Chief Bim Orrenmaa said firefighters found devices that looked like fireworks in the home where the explosion and two subsequent blasts occurred just before noon. Conneaut, a city of about 13,000 people, is in extreme northeastern Ohio, and fire companies from as far away as Erie County, Pa.
December 17, 1990 |
An explosion Sunday afternoon inside a Sears store at a shopping mall forced evacuation of the store, but caused no injuries and little damage, police said. Authorities believe that a stick of dynamite inside a refrigerator on display in the store's major-appliances department caused the blast.
July 20, 1990 |
Explosions ripped through a chemical plant Thursday, killing one person, injuring as many as 63 others and shattering windows in houses and businesses up to a quarter-mile away, authorities said. The two explosions ignited a fire that took 2 1/2 hours to knock down enough so that firefighters could enter the four-story brick building. The blast sent fireballs 50 feet into the sky. A column of thick, black smoke poured from the building into the surrounding residential neighborhood.