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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1990
You have written several articles regarding the Torrance Mobil Refinery blast in which you have mentioned the local residents' fear of the hydrofluoric acid which was released in the blast and their desire to have Mobil convert to sulfuric acid. Apart from the tremendous expense in such a conversion, the residents should be aware of the increased hazard of such a conversion. The sulfuric acid which would replace the hydrofluoric acid would be of much higher strength and would produce fumes just as bad. However, more significant is the fact that the converted facility would use 10 times as much sulfuric acid as it did hydrofluoric.
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February 20, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Residents of a rural town in northern Iowa were ordered to evacuate Thursday morning after a building containing sulfuric acid caught fire, officials said. No casualties have been reported in Northwood, which has roughly 2,000 residents. A Worth County emergency dispatcher told the Los Angeles Times that there was a fire at the municipal airport at a building that contains fertilizer chemicals. Sulfuric acid is used in the manufacture of phosphate fertilizer, and can be dangerous when inhaled -- and can be explosive, too, if combined with other materials.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
About 70 people in Carson were treated for exposure to fumes from sulfuric acid after a machine malfunctioned and leaked the chemical Monday night, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Initial reports indicated that about two dozen workers at a business in the 21000 block of South Maciel Avenue were exposed to the fumes, which can irritate the eyes, nose, skin and lungs. However, the number soon swelled to 70 patients, with 13 of them requiring a trip to the hospital, said L.A. County Supervising Dispatcher Robert Diaz.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Monday night on "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert addressed a serious topic: global climate change, with a serious guest, Harvard environmental scientist David Keith. As the author of the book, "A Case for Climate Engineering," Keith suggested to Colbert a very simple tactic to combat the steadily warming planet. Have a fleet of planes deposit tons of sulfuric acid into the atmosphere. "Spray pollution into the atmosphere to stop it warming," Keith said. "So in the end, pollution saved them all," Colbert said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Monday night on "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert addressed a serious topic: global climate change, with a serious guest, Harvard environmental scientist David Keith. As the author of the book, "A Case for Climate Engineering," Keith suggested to Colbert a very simple tactic to combat the steadily warming planet. Have a fleet of planes deposit tons of sulfuric acid into the atmosphere. "Spray pollution into the atmosphere to stop it warming," Keith said. "So in the end, pollution saved them all," Colbert said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1987 | United Press International
A tanker truck carrying 3,300 gallons of sulfuric acid overturned and began leaking Thursday on Interstate 75, forcing the evacuation of about 100 nearby residents, police said. The driver was treated for minor injuries.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 2 1/2 -year-old boy was severely burned at the playground of a grade school in Middle River after going down a slide doused in sulfuric acid and landing in a pool of the corrosive liquid. Authorities believe vandals stole the industrial-strength drain cleaner from a storage closet at Victory Villa Elementary School and poured it over multiple pieces of playground equipment. The boy was in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric burn unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1989
A tank of sulfuric acid overflowed at a water treatment plant Friday, but no one was injured and there was no danger to nearby businesses, a Fire Department spokeswoman said. Tustin Water Works reported the spill, which involved about 20 gallons, about 12:30 p.m. Firefighters evacuated a small number of employees at the plant, which is at 235 E. Main St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 18-year-old, apparently overcome by fumes, fell into a vat of sulfuric acid and died, police said. His body was discovered by his father Sunday at a circuit-board factory where they both worked. The San Mateo County coroner's office identified the victim as Fernando Jimenez Gonzalez of Redwood City. Jimenez Gonzalez had been submerging circuit boards in the vat at Coastal Circuits, police said.
NEWS
July 27, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A huge white cloud of sulfuric acid spewed from a ruptured railroad car Monday, engulfing thousands of homes in Contra Costa County and sending more than 3,200 people to hospitals with such symptoms as burning eyes and breathing problems, authorities said. The stinging, smelly chemical poured out of the rail car for more than three hours, creating a cloud 1,000 feet high and up to eight miles wide, before rail yard workers were able to cap the leak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
About 70 people in Carson were treated for exposure to fumes from sulfuric acid after a machine malfunctioned and leaked the chemical Monday night, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Initial reports indicated that about two dozen workers at a business in the 21000 block of South Maciel Avenue were exposed to the fumes, which can irritate the eyes, nose, skin and lungs. However, the number soon swelled to 70 patients, with 13 of them requiring a trip to the hospital, said L.A. County Supervising Dispatcher Robert Diaz.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Theater ballet artistic director who suffered serious burns over his face and body from an acid attack earlier this year, made an emotional appearance in court Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first and likely last time. “I will not forgive anybody for what happened,” Filin, 43, said firmly without looking toward the cage that held the three defendants, Pavel Dmitrichenko, 29, a leading Bolshoi ballet soloist who is charged with masterminding the plan, and two men who have been indicted for carrying it out. During more than two hours of testimony, Filin broke down, sobbing, as he laid out a detailed picture of the animosity and threats that he said he suffered at the Bolshoi Theater ever since he -- a former Bolshoi star dancer  --  returned to lead its ballet company in 2011.
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October 29, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and two other men were indicted Tuesday for the sulfuric acid attack on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin. Dmitrichenko, looking haggard and nervous in court, pleaded not guilty and after hearing the indictment read his own version of events from handwritten notes. The indictment says that Dmitrichenko, driven by animosity toward Filin over the distribution of dance roles and fees, hired Yuri Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov and masterminded the Jan. 17, 2013, acid attack months before.
WORLD
March 7, 2013 | By Khristina Narizhnaya
MOSCOW -- Burning the Bolshoi Ballet artistic director's face with acid was not part of the plan, the top dancer arrested for allegedly masterminding the attack told a Russian court Thursday. Pavel Dmitrichenko, 29, admitted to organizing the attack but said that Yuri Zarutski, the man he allegedly paid about $1,600 to attack Sergei Filin was only supposed to hit him. Dousing Filin's face in sulfuric acid, which caused severe burns and left him partially blind, was Zarutski's idea, Dmitrichenko told the court.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By David Ng
The already bizarre case of Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet who was attacked with acid last month, has a new twist: Suspicions reportedly are now being turned to some dancers within the famed company. Reports over the weekend suggest that officials are now looking at dancers within the Bolshoi as part of their ongoing investigation. ABC News cited an Interfax news agency report, which said that members of the ballet troupe are now considered suspects.  It's unclear which dancers or how many are being investigated. The New York Times cited the same report and also reported over the weekend that the Bolshoi is contemplating suing one of its dancers, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who has been outspoken about his disagreements with the theater's leadership.  PHOTOS: Arts & culture by The Times Tsiskaridze has reportedly called for the dismissal of theater executives and spoken to the media about his dislike of Anatoly Iksanov, the theater's general director.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By David Ng
Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, is traveling to Germany to receive treatment for his injuries sustained from being attacked with acid in January. Filin has said in recent interviews with the BBC News and the New York Times that he is "absolutely certain" he knows who attacked him and that he believes he may have been targeted by a group of people who wanted to replace the theater's leadership.  The acid attack occurred Jan. 17 as Filin was leaving his Moscow home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1990 | GEORGE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heated criticism by fire and oil refinery officials of a report on dangers of a hydrofluoric acid spill has led air quality officials to postpone consideration of banning the acutely hazardous substance. The South Coast Air Quality Management District board had been set to debate the matter March 2, but AQMD Deputy Director Ed Camarena told a meeting Friday that additional time is required to respond to criticism from members of an AQMD task force.
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January 22, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Russia's Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin, who was attacked with acid last week, said Tuesday that he believes the assault had to do with his role with the storied ballet company. “I associate what happened with my work,” he said in an interview with the daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. “I have provoked an aggression in somebody. Sooner or later this aggression was to take the shape of concrete action.” Someone wearing a mask threw sulfuric acid in Filin's face late Thursday as he was getting out of his car near his house in downtown Moscow.
WORLD
May 29, 2012 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
FAISALABAD, Pakistan - The cherub-faced 10-year-old girl was standing at a bus stop, saying goodbye to visiting relatives, when her mother noticed two motorcycles approaching, one coming down the street and the other from a graveyard behind them. She recognized someone on one of the motorcycles: her older daughter's former fiance. He was clutching two liter-sized metal jugs. As two men armed with a pistol on the second motorcycle kept the cluster of relatives from running away, the ex-fiance handed one of the jugs to a fourth man riding with him. Without saying anything, they flung the contents at Parveen Akhtar and her little girl, Zaib Aslam.
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