Spill Contained at IN Chemical Plant

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 12:06 PM gHale


There was a spill at a chemical plant on the southwest side of Indianapolis, IN, Tuesday morning, officials said.

Emergency workers got the call at 4:20 a.m. at Vertellus Specialties located at West Minnesota Street and South Tibbs Avenue. Several agencies were called to the scene. The spill involves dimethylpiperidine and does not extend beyond the plant, said officials at the Wayne Township Fire Department.

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The fire department said there is no hazard to the neighborhood surrounding the plant. Officials said the chemical sees use in automotive adhesive.

Workers reported hearing a popping sound in the plant early Tuesday morning. Warning alarms at the plant went off to indicate the spill.

The fire department said the spill has been contained. The response also involved the Indianapolis Fire Department and Decatur Township Fire Department along with the Marion County Health Department.

Vertellus released the following statement:

“Early morning on Tuesday, June 13, the Vertellus facility located at 1500 S. Tibbs Avenue experienced a small release during the process of manufacturing dimethylpiperidine. There were no injuries and the release was contained quickly. There is no risk to employees or to those in the area. The problem was quickly identified and has been resolved.”



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