A shelter-in-place order came into play for residents living near a chemical plant in South Wales, United Kingdom, when a white mist released from the facility, officials said.

The incident occurred at the Dow facility in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan June 15.

Residents in Dinas Powys, Sully and Penarth received the order, but later on were able to open doors and windows, police and fire officials said. The fire service posted an all-clear message on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“They usually test the alarms every Monday afternoon at 3pm, so we’re used to hearing that,” Jon Darke, from Palmerston, Barry, about a mile-and-a-half from the plant, said in a BBC report. “But when you hear it on Saturday, it means there’s something going on.”

“It’s a bit worrying,” Darke said. “All the fumes and smoke were heading to Sully due to the wind.”

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The facility, previously called Dow Corning, manufactures Silicone since 1952. About 630 people work there.

A Dow spokesperson said the facility experienced a chemical release.

“The cause of the release was quickly identified and contained and at 16:50 BST the all-clear signal was given and shared with the community,” the spokesperson said.

“There have been no resulting injuries on the site nor any reported in the community.”

A white mist from a chemical release starts to float away from the Dow site in South Wales.
Source: Jon Darke via BBC

The company said it will be investigating the cause of the release and identifying measures to prevent this type of incident reoccurring in the future.

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