Thirty years ago today, the worst industrial accident in history occurred in the Bhopal region of India. Thousands died overnight, and several times more eventually succumbed to complications of methyl isocyanate poisoning. The Washington Post has a reflective photo essay on the incident, showing the city thirty years later. A number of affects linger in the region, ranging from high neonatal mortality, higher incidents of cancer, and chronic respiratory issues.
Remember, when things do go wrong, they can do so disastrously. Chemistry can be dangerous. Let this accident serve as a reminder to exercise caution and do your due diligence. In light of a couple other recent (and not so recent) chemical accidents, I’m putting together a more comprehensive post on the subject of chemical safety.