Chemical Leak Forces Company Evac in Philly

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 05:10 PM gHale

Employees ended up evacuated after dozens of gallons of chemicals leaked from an Ashland Chemical plant in South Philadelphia Friday.

The incident occurred just after 7:00 p.m. at the Ashland Chemical Company in the 2800 block of South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

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About 100 gallons of a non-toxic oil based chemical, with a temperature of 550 degrees, sprayed from a broken pump, officials said.

About 10 employees evacuated from the building. There were no injuries in the incident.

The spill ended up contained to the inside of the building and Columbus Boulevard briefly shutdown in both directions outside the facility.

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