Chemical Release Leads to Evacuations

Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 06:10 PM gHale

A chemical spill at a chemical plant in Fort Pierce, FL, prompted an evacuation Thursday.

The incident occurred at the Helena Chemical Company at 3630 SelvitzĀ Road and police said officers evacuated an area for a half mile in each direction.

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A liquid fertilizer mix in a tank overheated and a chemical released into the air, said Brenda Stokes at St. Lucie County Fire Rescue. The release was possibly the result of a faulty valve.

Workers poured cold water over the tank and were able to cool it down.

She said the release happened in an industrial area and there were no homes in the immediate vicinity.

There were no initial reports of injuries.

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