Explosion at Ohio Chemical Plant Forces Evacuations

July 18, 2018

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Explosion at Ohio Chemical Plant Forces Evacuations

An explosion and fire at the Emerald Performance Materials chemical plant in Akron, OH on Wednesday afternoon led official to order an evacuation of businesses and homes within a half-mile radius of the facility, local media reports said.

The blast occurred at about 1 p.m., drawing the response of fire and HAZMAT crews. Butadiene, an irritant to the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, was involved in the explosion, officials said, noting that there was “NO indication of any mass release or plume of butadiene that could impact the general public.”

All employees were accounted for following the incident and “no significant injuries” were reported, the Akron Police Department said in a statement. Two people were transported to an area hospital for minor respiratory issues.  

Emerald Performance Materials, a specialty chemicals firm, produces a wide range of products including aroma chemicals, benzaldehyde, polymer additives, specialty epoxy resins, and chemical intermediates, the company’s website said. 

The cause of the explosion and fire remains unknown.

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