One person was killed and three were injured in an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Bell, West Virginia, USA.
Chemicals said in a statement that the accident occurred after 10 pm local time (0300 GMT on Wednesday) at a leased Optima Chemicals plant at a site owned by Chemicals in Belle.
After the accident, local officials in Bell City ordered residents within a 3.2-km radius around the plant to stay home, but canceled the order a few hours later.
Kent Carper, Kanah County commissioner, told local WCHS and WWEH stations that officials believed dry chlorine bleach and methanol were the two substances responsible for the explosion.
Carper’s office added to “Reuters”: “Kanah County did not specify the cause of the explosion. Other agencies will determine the cause, and it is up to them and the company to announce this information.”
CHEMICAL EXPLOSION: Over 2,000 people within 2 miles of a chemical plant in Belle, West Virginia, are issued a shelter-in-place order after it explodes. https://t.co/qNWvzhfSx8 pic.twitter.com/yy2vZKjnrA
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SHELTER IN PLACE IS IN EFFECT. DUPONT PLANT IN BELLE WEST VIRGINIA JUST HAD AN EXPLOSION!! pic.twitter.com/20r5TjFs2Y
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