Hazardous Materials

A pickup truck drives past the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Martinez Shell Refinery Fire Extinguished After Hazmat Response

The fire was reported around 2:00 p.m. at the refinery on Pacheco Boulevard in Martinez. Shell representative Erin Hallissy said the fire broke out in the light oil processing area, and was extinguished within 10 minutes.


Ammonia Leak Prompts Evacuation Of Newark Baking Company

An ammonia leak briefly caused the evacuation of a baking company in Newark Saturday morning.


A worker wears a hazmat suit. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mystery Hazmat Sickens 3 At Vallejo Post Office

Firefighters were at the scene of a hazardous materials incident at a post office in Vallejo Thursday afternoon.


A worker wears a hazmat suit. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Hazmat Leak Contained At Newark Oil Recycling Plant

Several dozen employees at the Evergreen Oil Recycling Plant in Newark had to be evacuated mid-morning Friday following a small hazardous materials leak at the Smith Ave. facility.


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Fremont Poison Gas Suicide Prompts Hazmat Response

Fremont police and fire department were called to a hazmat scene near two hospitals after a woman apparently released chemicals inside a car in an apparent suicide.


Hazardous materials crews on the 3400 block of Edison Way in Menlo Park after a chemical smell was reported, May 9, 2012. (CBS)

Chemical Smell Prompts Menlo Park Hazmat Response

After fire crews cleared a hazmat in Menlo Park, investigators are now looking into why someone in a parked pickup truck was using a chemical to refine gold.


Police and fire department vehicles on the scene of a hydrogen gas leak at an AC Transit bus yard, May 4, 2012. (CBS)

Hydrogen Tank Rupture In Emeryville Prompts Evacuations

Several businesses around an AC Transit refueling station in Emeryville were evacuated Friday morning after a hydrogen tank at the facility caught fire and began leaking.


Police and fire department outside the St. James Park post office on N. First St. and W. Market St. in San Jose, March 27, 2012. (CBs)

Mystery Powder At San Jose Post Office Was Herbal Remedy

The St. James Park post office in downtown San Jose was reopened Tuesday after an evacuation prompted by a mystery powder in a package that sickened three employees.


Hazmat Crews Shut Down I-280 On-Ramp Near Portola Valley

Authorities have shut down an Interstate Highway 280 on-ramp near Portola Valley this morning as a hazardous materials team examines two mysterious containers found there Monday morning.


One person was killed, and two hurt in an explosion inside Membrane Technology in Menlo Park.

1 Dead, 1 Hurt In Menlo Park Explosion & Fire

An explosion and fire at a commercial research laboratory in Menlo Park late Friday afternoon left at least one person dead and two others injured, fire officials said.