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Toxic Vapor Cloud at Fertilizer Plant Draws HAZMAT Response

A chemical reaction led to the release of orange toxic vapors at the fertilizer production site in Toronto, ON.

John S. Forrester

April 15, 2021

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A chemical reaction led to the release of an orange-colored toxic vapor cloud at an industrial fertilizer plant in Toronto, ON Wednesday afternoon, creating a level 3 HAZMAT situation, according to the local fire department.

Sections of a roadway near the plant were shut down after crews were sent to the facility at about 10:50 a.m., Global Newsreported. Images captured at the scene show a large volume of orange-hued smoke coming from the facility.

No reports included information on the operator of the facility.

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“A chemical reaction occurred that resulted in the release of an unknown vapour cloud into the atmosphere,” Toronto Fire tweeted at 11:20 a.m. Some buildings near the plant were evacuated as a precaution.

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Toronto Police Operations said fertilizer plant were evacuated safely and urged people to avoid the area of the plant due to the vapor.

A fire official told CBC that the toxic vapor cloud will dissipate in the air.  

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John S. Forrester

former Managing Editor, Powder & Bulk Solids

John S. Forrester is the former managing editor of Powder & Bulk Solids.

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