Packing plant evacuated, 7 treated after chemicals interact


TAR HEEL, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say seven workers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries and several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution after cleaning chemicals interacted at a meat packing plant in the community of Tar Heel south of Fayetteville.

Bladen County Emergency Services spokesman Bradley Kinlaw tells local media outlets that the workers were cleaning about 3:30 a.m. Monday when the chemicals interacted at the Smithfield Packing Plant.

Kinlaw says acid interacted with sodium hypochlorite which is used as a disinfectant.

He says the chemicals were contained inside the building and the building is being ventilated before workers are allowed back on the job.

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