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Chemical leak in Pa. causes odor, evacuations

September 23, 2013
Associated Press

GLEN ROCK, Pa. (AP) — A chemical leak at a Pennsylvania business sent one person to a hospital and forced the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses but officials say it doesn't pose a threat to the public.

York County emergency officials said Monday that an undisclosed chemical leaked from two drums in the Bimax Inc. building located in an industrial park in Springfield Township.

Several businesses and two homes were briefly evacuated due to the powerful odor of the chemical vapor and a section of Susquehanna Trail South was also temporarily closed.

Officials said a truck driver who inhaled the chemical vapor was checked out at a hospital after complaining of an upset stomach.

York County 911 spokesman Carl Lindquist said the chemical was an irritant that poses no health hazards to the community.



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