Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B

Published: March 15th, 2012 at 12:49 am ET
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Title: Incident during LANL Cleanup
Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican
Author: Anne Constable
Date: March 14, 2012

Hazardous waste workers inside a sealed enclosure at Los Alamos National Laboratory drilled into an old container releasing an unknown gas that flashed on contact with the air, according to Kevin Roark a laboratory spokesperson […]

A hazardous materials team was dispatched to Material Disposal Area B […]

A Los Alamos County emergency official sent out a reverse-911 telephone call warning residents. DP Road across from the dump was closed, and occupants of businesses along the road were asked to stay inside. No injuries were reported and an all-clear was sounded about two hours later. […]

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h/t Anonymous tip

Published: March 15th, 2012 at 12:49 am ET
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14 comments to Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B

  • norbu norbu

    This must stop! What are they up to now.

    • Why, they're busy drilling into unlabeled 1-liter bottles in the waste area with their handy-dandy cordless DeWalts, because they all got handy-dandy cordless DeWalts and wanted to test 'em out. What could possibly go wrong?

      And if that's NOT the precise scenario then they know exactly what was in that bottle and aren't telling you because it would give you an immediate heart attack to know. Don't worry, the containment held, and no you can't go home for dinner because if you go outside you'll get rather badly dosed by stuff that's worse than plutonium…

      [/snark]

      • StPaulScout StPaulScout

        Why were they drilling? Maybe they found a number of the bottles that were damaged, and empty. Maybe they wanted to find out what exactly was in them. Seems to fit but just a geuss.

  • Reverse 911 call …wow… somebody deserves a medal!
    Old fire extinguishers … now that's a new one

  • norbu norbu

    they were bored so they saw a container and said" I know lets drill it and see what happens, oops wrong idea"

  • arclight arclight

    isnt uranium prone to combustion when it hits the air in certain conditions

    its mentioned here

    DEPLETED URANIUM IN THE HUMAN BODY: Sr Rosalie Bertell, PhD

    snowshoefilms series #1) Epidemiologist Rosalie Bertell (PhD, biometrics)explains the effects of the weaponized DU on the people of Iraq and the planet. In subsequent parts of this series, Dr. Bertell offers readily-accessible ways to detox some heavy metals and poisons from the body.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgQ79-oDX2o&feature=bf_next&list=HL13

  • markww markww

    EXCUSE ME LOS ALAMOS When I was a firefighter at NASA JSC we had detailed records and ID tags on EVERY can or drum of fuel or chemicals. Guess no one kept records of what was in containers and NEVER updated and ID-ed same. What happened to your safety and understanding of Identification of all containers and proper storage areas where same materials were marked and stored

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Ummmmmmmm, the guard dogs ate the records?

  • norbu norbu

    And there homework

  • RutherfordsGhost

    Hard to say. That area used to be involved in 'pit research' at one stage from memory. Probably a waste cannister containing plutonium. They used to do all sorts of things with plutonium chemistry, and then use small waste jars in closed hoods to dispose of it. Lacking the ability to process the chemicals …. reading Nickel Carbonyl, ethers, complex ligands etc … they dumped it in the land fills.
    Wouldn't you too? If your work mates have been exposed to Pu and they don't look too hot a few months later?
    Biff … and let someone else sort out in the future.