Monday, July 7 2014, 06:16 PM EDT
One Hurt After 'Uncontrolled Chemical Reaction'
"I saw the gas masks and I didn't know what was going on."
Tammy Shelton was told to evacuate from her building just a hundred yards from where an uncontrolled chemical reaction happened.
"It was really bad," said Shelton grabbing at her throat, "I can still taste it, its a really bad taste in your mouth. It burns your eyes."
A vapor cloud escaped from a botched chemical reaction at MFG Chemicals on Kimberly Park Drive.
"The chemicals started reacting, and without the lid closed, that allowed some of the vapors to actually escape the vessel," said Bruce Satterfield.
Satterfield is the Chief of the Dalton Fire Department. He says that several employees were making Malaic Anhydride Long Chain Alcohol. When one employee didn't close the lid in time, the reaction boiled over. One person was taken to the hospital.
"It's an irritant," said Bruce Frazier with the Dalton Police Department, "if it's ingested, if it's breathed in, it causes respiratory distress and irritation."
Police advised people to shelter in place. They also closed several roads. The fire department arrived within minutes.
"We have special people who are trained to the hazardous materials technical level, and those are the people you see getting in suits," said Satterfield.
The chemical emergency was contained within an hour, but the reaction had a trickle down affect.
"The personnel came out kind of frantically and tell me that they wouldn't be able to accept my load," said truck driver Nathaniel Glover.
Glover was scheduled to deliver chemicals to mfg this morning. He says despite the inconvenience, safety is essential.
"When you enter this trucking business, especially as a tanker driver, you must have respect for these chemicals," said Glover, "No if's and's or but's."
All the roads around MFG Chemicals have since been reopened. All the employees are now allowed back inside.
Police haven't released the name of the employee taken to the hospital.
Check back with NewsChannel9 for updates.
By: Drew Bollea