1 injured after Que. chemical products plant blast
Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:19PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:43PM EDT
One man sustained minor injuries after a tank containing chlorine exploded at a chemical production plant Wednesday in Becancour, Que., near Trois-Rivieres.
Police and firefighters responded to calls about a cloud of yellow smoke near the Olin Chlor Alkali Products plant at about 11:30 a.m., Surete du Quebec spokesperson Melanie Dumaresq told CTVNews.ca.
A deliveryman was taken to hospital for gas inhalation and is expected to make a full recovery, police said.
Officers established a security perimeter around the plant, which is located in an industrial park. Workers in nearby buildings were evacuated, but employees at Olin Chlor Alkali were told to remain at the chemical plant, police said. None of the workers at the plant were injured.
Witnesses said they saw a yellow cloud in the air after the explosion. Witnesses also reported an overpowering smell immediately after the incident. The smell lingered in the air through the afternoon, CTV Montreal's Max Harrold reported.
Environmental officials will test the air quality before allowing workers to return to the area.
With files from CTV Montreal
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