Event Report

Base data

Event code HZ-CHE/01750/USA
Main category HAZMAT
Sub category chemical
Event date (UTC) Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:50:56 +0000
Last update (UTC) Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:50:56 +0000


Continent North-America
Country USA
Administration area State of New York
Settlement Selkirk
Exact location SABICS Innovative Plastics
Open Location Code: 87J8H4GV+2Q
Size of affected area Local event
Additional events None or not detected.

Common Alerting Protocol Information

Urgency Past
Certainty Observed
Severity Extreme
Category Safety

Event details

Firefighters worked to cool down an overheated rail car tank at SABICS Innovative Plastics in Selkirk Tuesday morning. Bethlehem Police and Selkirk Fire responded to the scene at 6 a.m., they said an unknown amount of Styrene was released from a rail car on the property. Styrene is a synthetic chemical that is used when manufacturing plastics. When released into the air, the chemical could cause irritation of skin, eyes, and trouble breathing. There are no several road closures in effect. State Route 32 from Feura Bush Road to County Route 308 and Creble Road from State Route 32 to Elm Avenue will remain closed until further notice. Police said there are no reported injuries related to the incident. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said the drone unit is out assisting Selkirk Fire with a Hazmat incident. “We are able to monitor temps and activity without sending in first responders,” Apple said.

Situation update


Number of dead: 0 person(s)
Number of injured: 0 person(s)
Number of Affected: 0 person(s)
Number of Rescued/evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Missing: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)

Event Specific Details

[HAZMAT - chemical]

Overview map

Risk Analisys

Nearest marine ports Albany (12.00 km), Rensselaer (12.00 km), Troy (21.72 km), Catskill (39.86 km)
Nearest airports Albany International Airport (19.76 km), Schenectady County Airport (31.42 km)
Nearest nuclear power plant There is no known nuclear power plant nearby.

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