Reporting from France here :
The fire started around 02:00 this morning in an American owned chemical plant called Lubrizol specialised in making additives for lubrifiants :
The Lubrizol Corporation is a provider of specialty chemicals for the transportation, industrial and consumer markets.
These products include additives for engine oils and other transportation-related fluids, additives for industrial lubricants, and additives for
gasoline and diesel fuel.
In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, specialty materials, including
plastics technology, and coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives.
TextLubrizol is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and is headquartered in Wickliffe, Ohio. UNITED STATES
The company generated $6.5 billion in revenue in 2016 and has an employee headcount of approximately 8,300 people globally.
Eric R. Schnur is the current president, chairman and CEO.
I called a friend of ours this morning around 08:00 to ask how things are going as she lives in Rouen about 1km away South from the fire and she can
see it from where she lives.
She has told me that practically the whole of the North of the city is on lockdown with all bridges and main roads closed (all schools closed) and
residents within a 500 metre distance have been told to stay indoors...
500 BLOODY METRES!!!!
She called back her parents who live in a small community just outside of the North of Rouen called "Bois Guillaume" around 08:46 and her parents told
her that it is still night time where they live due to the smoke (The town is about 18 kms away)
Firemen are saying that they are witnessing burning liquids similar to burning and slow running lava.
Due to slight winds the smoke is going over Rouen in a Northern direction right now and not looking good at all.
Rain is expected this afternoon, which is not good in a way as this will bring all the toxic soot down...
What pisses me off big time is that the media are saying that initial toxicity results say that there are no worries concerning acute toxicity for
and that other toxicity tests will be done during the day...
Reminds me a little of the Mitterand days when his government said that the Chernobyl cloud stopped at the border...
I have advised my friend to take the day (or a couple off) and go further south until all is clear.
Its not looking good in Rouen right now.
A couple of links :
First in English :
My positive thoughts go out to all those who are and will be affected long term by this terrible disaster as IT IS NOT OVER yet.
ETA : The bloody prefecture has just said that due to the rain and the danger that soot may fall, people must WASH THEIR HANDS!!!
Seriously.... In a SEVESO class 4 environment... wash you hands!!!!????...
a reply to: MindBodySpiritComplex
edit on 26-9-2019 by Lagomorphe because: Bastards... As long as it is not on your soil as usual...