Chemicals


  • Fire erupts at hurricane-hit Louisiana chemical plant

    August 27, 2020

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday asked residents in three southwestern communities to stay indoors with windows and doors shut as a plume rose from a chemical fire at a Biolab plant in an area hit by Hurricane Laura. KIK Custom Products Inc confirmed the fire at its Biolab Lake Charles facility and said it ...

  • Beirut explosion: How ship’s deadly cargo ended up at port

    August 6, 2020

    Lebanon’s government has blamed the huge blast that devastated parts of Beirut on the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the city’s port. People have expressed anger and disbelief that such a large quantity of potentially explosive material was kept inside a warehouse without any safety measures for more than six years, so ...

  • Beirut explosion: What is ammonium nitrate and why is it so dangerous?

    August 5, 2020

    If, as seems to be the case, the Beirut explosion was caused by thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse, the blast demonstrates the deadly potential of this common agricultural chemical. What is ammonium nitrate? With the chemical formula NH4NO3, ammonium nitrate is a naturally occurring, highly soluble white crystalline solid, more commonly known ...

  • UK: Grenfell: toxic contamination found in nearby homes and soil

    March 28, 2019

    Cancer-causing chemicals and other potentially harmful toxins have been found close to Grenfell Tower in fire debris and soil samples that could pose serious health risks to the surrounding community and survivors of the blaze, a study warns. The research has uncovered “significant environmental contamination” from a range of toxins, including in oily deposits collected 17 ...