Chemical Reaction Sends 4 to Hospital

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 @ 03:09 PM gHale

Four people went to the hospital Monday morning after a chemical reaction at the North Canton Water Treatment Plant.

Chlorine inadvertently mixed with fluoride in a container at the plant, said township Fire Chief Tracy Hogue.

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There was no spill; the chemicals ended up mixed in a container, Hogue said. The mixture caused a chemical reaction that created an inhalation hazard.

A truck had delivered the wrong liquid chemical to a plant container, according to a news release from the city of North Canton, OH. Officials ordered a plant evacuation, and four people — three plant employees and the truck driver — ended up going to area hospitals.

The incident occurred around 8:12 a.m. Members of the Stark County Hazardous Materials Team arrived around 9:20 a.m. to assist Jackson Township firefighters. Jackson police, Ohio EPA, a delivery trucking company official and North Canton officials also responded to the scene.

Township fire and police officials were advising people in the immediate area to remain inside as a precaution and warning drivers to temporarily avoid the area of Freedom Avenue NW.

The SunPro Company was still on the scene to dispose the chemicals late Monday afternoon. Cleanup was going to take much of the evening, according to the city’s news release.

The chemical reaction was contained to one room at the plant. The release said there was no danger to the city’s water supply, and the water is safe to drink.