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Chemical spill forces evacuations in Sapulpa

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Story by: Angela Hong
Story by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 12/19/2013 11:57 pm Published: 12/19/2013 11:18 pm

People near a Sapulpa chemical plant had to evacuate Thursday night because of a nitric acid chemical spill. When FOX 23 crews got to the plant thick smoke was pouring from the building.

Police were called to the Sulzer chemical plant after seven o'clock. They started evacuating a quarter to a half mile radius around the plant that included businesses and some homes.

We spoke with people who saw the fire before crews got to the scene. Stephanie Supernant was walking nearby when she noticed smoke coming from the plant. She said she was concerned about the cloud she saw.

"I didn't know what was going on or anything! I'm kind of wondering... I hope I don't get sick because I was right in front of that place when all the smoke was coming out," said Supernant.

The building where the spill and fire happened was a storage building for the company. In that building was nearly 100 gallons of nitric acid mixed with water, and five 50 gallon drums of caustic soda.

“Somehow they got together and caused a chemical reaction and caused the fire. This building—that’s what it’s used for, to store these chemicals. I don’t know how they got together. Maybe a container breach," said Sapulpa Fire Chief David Taylor.

Chief Taylor told us it was just a skeleton crew working in the plant so there weren't a lot of people around. No employees or firefighters were hurt.

People in the area were allowed to go back to their homes and businesses at ten o'clock.

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