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Recent Examples of hazmat from the Web
OAK CREEK - A suspicious package led to a hazmat investigation at the Oak Creek Police Department Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Thousands of passengers were delayed at Orlando International Airport last weekend after a single flush of a toilet resulted in a hazmat team coming in to clean up raw sewage that flowed into a customs area.
According to WDBO, a hazmat team was required to clean the sewage.
Fire officials said a hazmat crew has been dispatched and BGE crews are on site after the leak was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the area of East Joppa Road and Virginia Avenue.
The secretary of state police took the woman into custody, and the fire department sent in its hazmat team to investigate.
After the five children — whose names and ages have not been released — were rushed to the hospital, a hazmat crew arrived to help expel the excess chemicals from the area.
The ‘mentally disabled’ hazmat driver Crespo tracked down one of Mendez-Villamil’s patients who was trying to get a disability waiver to avoid taking the US citizenship test.
After the 9/11 attacks, Cardona worked for a construction company hired in the hazmat cleanup and recovery effort at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.
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Did You Know?
The origin of "hazmat" is clear enough - it was formed by combining the first three letters of each of two words: "hazardous" and "material." The word hazmat is fairly young, first appearing in print in 1980. Although it is a noun, "hazmat" tends to be used attributively, meaning that it often appears in sentences before another noun as if it were performing the duties of an adjective (as in "hazmat team" and "hazmat worker").
Origin and Etymology of hazmat
First Known Use: 1980See Words from the same year
medical Definition of hazmat
- toxic waste hauled away by workers in hazmat suits
- —Tom Spousta
- hazmat storage
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