Sunday, February 14, 2010

Japanese ‘Detergent Suicide’ Technique Creeps Into St Pete and Siesta Key Fl Producing Deadly Poisonous Hydrogen Sulfide Gas.

February 13, 2010 St Pete Police: Suicide victim may have created poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas, Published: February 13, 2010

Authorities are investigating whether a 23-year-old man created a poisonous gas in order to kill himself this morning. About 4:30 a.m., St. Petersburg police responded to a suicide threat at a residence on 36th Avenue North and found a vehicle in the driveway. The car's windows were rolled up and printed signs were posted on the vehicle warning "Stay away" and "Contact Haz- Mat."

Firefighters in protective clothing and breathing apparatus forced their way into the vehicle and found the victim. Paramedics could not revive him. One of the responding police officers was overcome by fumes and had a rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, officials say.

According to police, the victim called his girlfriend this morning and said he was mixing chemicals to create a poisonous gas, saying he had read instructions on the Internet. The victim coughed a few times during the conversation and then became unresponsive, more from this source.............

February 6, 2010 ...Suicide by chemicals on Siesta Key Beach Fl, Method almost exactly the same as used by man on Nov. 24.  SIESTA KEY -- For the second time in about two months, a person has parked a car at Siesta Key Beach, placed a warning note in the window and then committed suicide by exposure to a fatal mix of chemicals inside the car.

Residents of an apartment building near beach access number 8, in the 400 block of Beach Road, were evacuated around 1 p.m. as authorities prepared to open the car and release the chemical contents, a Sarasota Sheriff's spokesperson said.

The green Honda Civic with the person dead inside was discovered just after 11:30 a.m. today.  Sarasota sheriff's officials responded, and then called in hazardous materials experts to attempt to safely open the car and handle any chemicals present. Officials were still on the scene as of 2:15 p.m. and the area around the car was blocked off.

The suicide method was almost exactly the same as one used by a man on Nov. 24 in the same area of Siesta Key Beach. That man also put a sign in the window warning of chemicals before taking his life with a mix of products around 8:30 a.m. that day. more from this source...........

Nov. 24, 2009 Man kills himself near Siesta Key beach, he put a sign in the window warning of chemicals before taking his life. SIESTA KEY - A hazardous materials team closed half of the Siesta Key Beach parking lot Tuesday morning after a man committed suicide in his car using a dangerous mix of chemicals, the Sheriff's Office said.  Apartments evacuated after chemical suicide Deputies responded to the scene at about 8:30 a.m. after someone saw a man slumped over the wheel of a car, the Sheriff's Office said, more from this source..........

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas And Terrorism;According to health manuals, if you breathe just 0.05% of hydrogen sulfide in the air, it will cause severe vomiting, followed by difficult in breathing. Next, the victim becomes disoriented and finally loses consciousness. Death comes in 30-60 minutes. This is definitely not an easy way to die,” said Sueshige Seta, former vice president of the National Research Institute of Forensic Science.  An official at the National Police Agency in Japan said the NPA is worried about possible terrorist uses of the gas like the sarin attacks. He says, “Unlike sarin gas which needs large scale production plans, hydrogen sulfide gas doesn’t. Police officials are very much concerned about it actually.”  What if hydrogen sulfide gas were used in trains during the morning rush hour? “It is easy to bring the necessary substances onto a crowded train and then mix them inside a bag,” said Seta. “Nobody in the car would escape. The closer you were to the person with the gas, the worse you would suffer.”

The suicide technique that mixes household chemicals to produce a deadly hydrogen sulfide gas became a grisly fad in Japan last year. Now it’s slowly seeping into the United States over the internet, according to emergency workers, who are alarmed at the potential for innocent causalities.

Hydrogen sulfide is a colorless, flammable, highly toxic gas.  Hydrogen sulfide is a mucous membrane and respiratory tract irritant; pulmonary edema, which may be immediate or delayed, can occur after exposure to high concentrations. Symptoms of acute exposure include nausea, headaches, delirium, disturbed equilibrium, tremors, convulsions, and skin and eye irritation.

Inhalation of high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can produce extremely rapid unconsciousness and death. Highly flammable and explosive between 4% and 45% (concentration in air); may travel to a source of ignition and flash back. Burns to produce a toxic gas, sulfur dioxide, Bad Stuff !

At least 500 Japanese men, women and children took their lives in the first half of 2008 by following instructions posted on Japanese websites, which describe how to mix bath sulfur with toilet bowl cleaner to create a deadly poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas. The problem is that poisonous hydrogen sulfide–the rotten-egg gas–produces a lot of collateral damage killing the rescuers… family members, firefighters, and police officers.

One site includes an application to calculate the correct portions of each ingredient based on room volume, along with a PDF download of a ready-made warning sign to alert neighbors and emergency workers to the deadly hazard.  The first sign that the technique was migrating to the United States came in August, when a 23-year-old California man was found dead in his car behind a Pasadena shopping center. The VW Beetle’s doors were locked, the windows rolled up and a warning sign had been posted in one of the windows. Police and firefighters evacuated the shopping crew before a hazmat crew in chemical suits extracted the body and began cleaning up the grisly scene.

Then in December, emergency workers responding to a call at Lake Allatoona in Bartow County, Georgia, found a similar scene. Inside the car — along with the body — were two buckets containing a yellow substance. A note on the window said "Caution" and identified the chemical compound by name.

Nobody connected the cases until last month, when a Texas surgeon realized that a new and dangerous suicide method was making the rounds. Dr. Paul Pepe, chief of emergency medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, warned emergency workers that they could become innocent casualties of the technique if they’re not careful. Other experts agree, more from this source..........

Bill Warner Director of CSPI..Covert Surveillance by Private Investigators at WBI Inc.