May 16, 2006 |
A hazardous-material scare caused by a Yeadon man's fatal ingestion of an unknown toxic substance forced the closing of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital's emergency room Sunday night so the room and at least 14 police, fire, ambulance and hospital personnel could be decontaminated. They had come in contact with the vomited-up substance or breathed its fumes. None suffered adverse health effects, authorities said yesterday. After being closed for about six hours while a hazmat crew cleaned the examination area where the man had been pronounced dead, the Darby hospital's emergency room reopened early yesterday.
February 21, 2013 |
A white powder discovered at the Federal Courthouse in Center City turned out to be a false alarm this morning. Shortly after 9:30 a.m., a hazmat team responded to a report of the discovery of a white powder on the building's second floor, according to police and fire officials. A prisoner in the building allegedly sent a letter to an office on the second floor and claimed the envelope contained anthrax, leading to the evacuation of the floor, according to Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison.
February 14, 2013 |
The day after an incident at a Villanova University chemistry lab sent 29 people to the hospital and led to the evacuation of a building, investigators were still unsure Wednesday why the students fell ill. About 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, students in a freshman chemistry class at the Mendel Science Center were conducting a routine experiment when a student fell ill, university officials said in a statement. Initially, classmates thought she was having an asthma attack. The student left the lab, and a faculty member went to help her but began feeling faint herself, officials said.
May 21, 2010 |
News reports on Fox29 and 6ABC last night had suggested that a Food Network show might have been responsible for the flour-filled balloon that created a hazmat scare at the Liberty Bell yesterday. But that's not the case, and the Food Network and the FBI are denying the connection. " Chef vs. City , a Food Network program, was shooting at Independence Hall, adjacent to the location where the incident occurred," Food Network said in a statement. "However, no balloons were used in association with the production shoot, and no cooking ingredients or items that could be misconstrued to be a white powdery substance were part of the taping that occurred at this location.
October 13, 2001 |
John Kirk stepped out of his 18-wheeler yesterday, holding a thick, rounded baton of hickory. About a foot-and-a-half long, the "tire billy" is used by truckers to thump tires to see whether they need air. Since last month, though, Kirk sees that it could have another use: self-defense. As he hauls gasoline around the Philadelphia suburbs in a big Sunoco tanker truck, he heeds FBI and police warnings to be particularly vigilant. "Keep your doors locked, your eyes open, watch out what's going on around you, be aware," Kirk said after parking at the Pennsylvania Turnpike's King of Prussia rest stop.
September 5, 2003 |
Police, emergency services, and hazardous-material response units in South Jersey are getting millions in federal funding to prepare for the threat of chemical, nuclear, biological and other catastrophes. More than $25 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security is being funneled by the state to counties, with a priority placed on "high risk areas," state Attorney General Peter Harvey announced on Wednesday. Gloucester County - home to four of seven industrial facilities in the Philadelphia region that have high levels of hazardous chemicals - is getting $918,970 over a two-year period.
October 11, 2014 |
A passenger on a US Airways flight Wednesday from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic was greeted by agents in hazmat suits after he allegedly made a joke about Ebola. A video uploaded on YouTube by a passenger shows at least four people in blue hazmat suits boarding the flight, which had landed in Punta Cana, and eventually escorting the unidentified man off the plane. The airline issued the following statement: "US Airways Flight 845 from Philadelphia to Punta Cana was met yesterday by local officials upon landing due to a possible health issue on board.
February 2, 2014 |
The FBI is on the scene of several North Jersey hotels in the vicinity of the Meadowlands site of Sunday's Super Bowl that received letters containing a suspicious substance, Bergen County officials said. County hazmat teams, the joint terrorism task force, and hazmat materials units all deployed to investigate, the FBI said in a news release. The New Jersey State Police issued a statement saying there are no reported injuries and the locations are being secured. The locations are the Econo Lodge on Washington Avenue in Carlstadt, the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel on Rutherford Avenue in Rutherford, the Homewood Suites on Route 17 in East Rutherford, and the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights Meadowlands on Terrace Avenue in Hasbrouk Heights.
February 24, 2012 |
A SUSPICIOUS white, powdery substance delivered in the mail yesterday to the office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., in a Center City skyscraper - sparking a homeland security and hazmat scare - turned out to be cornstarch, police said. An intern opened a letter containing the powder in Toomey's office, on the 17th floor of 8 Penn Center, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Department of Homeland Security, fire and hazmat officials were on the scene at 17th Street and JFK Boulevard to investigate about 3 p.m. About an hour later, they determined that the substance was harmless, Little said.
September 13, 2010 |
At first glance, "Avengers Academy" seemed to be yet another attempt by Marvel to take advantage of the popularity of their (arguably) No. 1 franchise by slapping its name on a book featuring new teen heroes. The premise was pretty straightforward. Take the best and brightest of the young superhumans who had been recruited, trained, exploited and abused by the evil Norman Osborn and, under the guidance of other heroes like Hank Pym and Quicksilver - who know about giving in to their dark side, living with evil and second chances - have them find purpose, meaning and stability by being trained in the noble tradition of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.