Thousands Flee Chemical Spill in Pennsylvania


At least 2,500 people were forced to evacuate from a two mile radius around the Indspec Chemical Corp. plant in Petrolia, Pennsylvania over the weekend because of a chemical leak. A corrosive liquid called oleum, similar to sulfuric acid, overflowed from a tank. The liquid then became a toxic cloud.

A spokeswoman from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said the evacuation precaution was taken due to concerns about skin burns and respiratory damage. There were no reported injuries at the plant, and the spill was contained where crews were reported to be cleaning it up.

The evacuated were taken to shelters in surrounding towns with no word on when they can return to their homes. Three residents were injured during the evacuation. Residents outside the evacuation area were told to stay indoors and close all vents, windows and doors.