Police: 1 person taken to hospital after chemical leak in northeast Georgia; area deemed safe

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 7, 2014 - 8:20 AM

DALTON, Ga. — Authorities in northeast Georgia say an industrial area on the city of Dalton's northwest side has been deemed safe after a chemical leak injured one person and prompted road closures.

Police say the leak happened Monday morning at the MFG Chemical Inc. plant near Interstate 75.

Police say one person was exposed to the chemical and was being taken to a hospital in Augusta, Georgia.

A Dalton Fire Department report says an unsecured lid on a reactor vessel at the plant led to a chemical vapor release. Police say the chemical is "not poisonous" but is an irritant if it's inhaled.

Police said some nearby roads were closed for a time but had reopened by 8:40 a.m.

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