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Solvay Plant in UK Evacuated During Chemical Incident

April 26, 2019

Fire crews were called to a chemical incident at a Solvay facility located in the Wrexham Industrial Estate in Wrexham, UK on Friday morning. Because the materials created a risk of explosion, workers were forced to evacuate the facility, local news organizations reported. 

The incident occurred at about 3:15 a.m. at the company’s composites plant during a production process involving resin, Solvay said in a statement printed by the North Wales Daily Post

“During the production process, the operators noticed the resin they were handling was undergoing a chemical reaction,” the firm told the newspaper. “Solvay has strict HSE protocols in place. The operators contacted the Fire and Rescue Services who arrived promptly.”

While the facility and its equipment were not damaged, Solvay said in the statement that operations at the Wrexham site will remain at a standstill for 24 to 48 hours

A Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson described the incident as an “exothermic reaction” in coverage by the Wrexham Leader. No injuries were reported. 

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