Emergency and disaster management briefing for May 23, 2018: The suspect in an active shooter incident in Florida on Tuesday was found dead by SWAT, the search for a man who allegedly went overboard from a Carnival cruise ship was launched Tuesday by the Coast Guard, smoke coming from an airplane's engine after it landed resulted in the emergency evacuation of a United Airlines flight, a suspected gas leak sends nearly 20 students to the hospital in Chicago, thousands of discarded needles in Bronx parks spurs city officials to take action, a Connecticut teenager faces charges for feeding students tainted cookies, a mass overdose in Brooklyn prompts officials to issue a warning about a current batch of dangerous synthetic marijuana, and Kilauea lava flows are now threatening a key piece of the state's infrastructure.
- An active shooter situation in Panama City, Florida was captured on camera Tuesday as the incident unfolded and engaged multiple law enforcement agencies in an attempt to contain the suspect. The suspect, Kevin Robert Holroyd, 49, began firing upon investigators and fire fighters from his elevated position inside his apartment, as they approached the building. Law enforcement had been sent to the building to question the suspect about a recent homicide, while a call to 911 reported a strong smell of gasoline in building, dispatching fire fighters to the scene. After nearly two hours of gunfire exchange, SWAT was able to gain access to the building and the suspect's apartment, which was doused with gasoline, where they found the suspect deceased, possibly from a self-inflicted wound.
- The Coast Guard was called to search for a man who allegedly went overboard from the Carnival Cruise Paradise ship near Fort Myers, Florida, after it set sail from Tampa and was bound for Key West. The man, Brian Lamonds, 50, from Greensboro, North Carolina, allegedly fell overboard sometime during the night, but it is unclear when the man actually went missing. The Coast Guard was notified around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and dispatched an MH-60 helicopter crew and an HC-144 aircraft crew from its Clearwater Air Station to search for the missing passenger.
- United Airlines Flight 2160, traveling from San Francisco to Newark, was evacuated immediately upon its landing at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after it was notified by the air traffic control tower that smoke was coming from its No. 2 engine. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighters (ARFF), along with the Port Authority Police Department, immediately responded to the aircraft and quickly and safely evacuated all passengers from the Boeing 757 aircraft via air stairs, then bused them to the terminal. Maintenance personnel inspected the aircraft engine for a possible fuel leak.
- Almost 20 students from a Chicago, Illinois elementary school were taken to the hospital after a gas leak occurred in the area. Fire officials declared a hazardous materials situation after they were dispatched to the Sidney Sawyer School when students reported the strong smell of gas in the building, reportedly from work being done nearby. At least 18 students and one teacher were transported to area hospitals as a precaution.
- In its latest effort to combat the opioid drug epidemic, New York city officials are set to install 60 syringe-disposal kiosks in parks throughout the Bronx. An uptick in the number of syringes being left in various parks by drug users--nearly 5,000 per week--prompted the action, which is modeled after similar programs in Seattle and Vancouver. Used needles pose a public health hazard and officials are hoping that the disposal boxes will help clean up the parks and make them safe for everyone.
- A teenager in Connecticut is under arrest after she allegedly fed five classmates cookies tainted with a foreign substance. After appearing to be on drugs, the five students were sent to the school nurse, where they claimed they had eaten marijuana cookies before they became ill. The students were taken to an area hospital, but were later released, and the accused teenager faces five counts of risk of injury to a minor.
- First responders were called to the scene of a mass overdose in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, which resulted in at least 49 people being hospitalized after they began stumbling and collapsing on the sidewalk. The patients are believed to have ingested K2, or synthetic marijuana, inside a neighborhood deli. Synthetic marijuana is often labeled safe or legal, but is often toxic, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can cause serious side effects, such as severe bleeding, vomiting, rapid heart rates, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, and even death. No one died from the overdoses on Saturday, but officials have now issued a warning about the incredibly toxic batch of synthetic marijuana currently being sold on the streets.
- A critical piece of infrastructure on Hawaii's Big Island, a geothermal power plant, is currently being threatened by advancing lava flows from the continued eruption of the Kilauea Volcano. The Puna Geothermal Venture, which harvests hot liquid and steam from underground wells to drive turbine generators to create electricity, is a major source of power for the state, is being threatened by lava flows, and its loss could devastate the island. The bigger threat, however lies with the potential release of the very dangerous hydrogen sulfide gas from the wells if the state's protective measures for the plant are breeched--shutting, then draining the wells and filling them with cold water.
Shots fired in the middle of a live interview in Panama City Fla.,at the scene of an active shooter. investigation pic.twitter.com/TnblSWA5Gs
— WKRN (@WKRN) May 22, 2018
— Natl Hurricane Ctr (@NWSNHC) May 22, 2018
Smoke forces evacuation of United Airlines plane at Newark airport https://t.co/uxW0UO9JGb
— Bay Area 24/7 News (@BayArea247News) May 23, 2018
Nearly 20 Chicago elementary school students hospitalized after gas leak, report says https://t.co/rX6tjfi7Lb
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 22, 2018
5,000 needles found in Bronx parks weekly....see what the NYC Parks Dept. wants to do about it...https://t.co/QrSYeIaAdy
— Christine Russo (@RussoNews12) May 23, 2018
— FOX 61 (@FOX61News) May 22, 2018
With nearly 50 overdoses since Friday, NYPD is issuing a warning about a dangerous batch of K2, synthetic marijuana.https://t.co/tXNRuiTNb2
— WGRZ (@WGRZ) May 22, 2018