Chem Reaction Forces OK Plant Evac

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 05:05 PM gHale


Workers at an east Tulsa, OK, chemical plant evacuated early Sunday morning after chemicals reacted and filled the air with smoke.

Several workers at the Cytec Solvay Plant ended up sent to the hospital for precautionary reasons, according to Tulsa Fire Department (TFD). Workers evacuated the plant safely and called TFD around 2 a.m.

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Firefighters said a slight chemical reaction in the plant caused smoke to fill the air. Tulsa Fire came in and ventilated the plant.

Tulsa’s HazMat Unit also responded because of the chemicals used inside the plant.

Solvay is one of the main manufacturers of the solar plane Solar Impulse 2 which landed in Tulsa on Thursday night. Solvay makes advanced composites used to make the ultra-light weight plane fly across the world.

The plant was back to normal operations by Sunday afternoon, a company spokesperson said.

Other than going to the hospital for precautionary reasons, none of the workers suffered an injury.