West Virginia area told to shelter-in-place after explosion at chemical plant

Residents in a section of Belle, W. Va., were told to shelter in place late Tuesday after a “chemical incident” at a local chemical plant, Reuters reported.

Officials from the Chemours Company did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News. The Kanawha County Commission said in a press release that the explosion occurred at the plant at 10:02 p.m.

Jennifer Herrald, the county commissioner, told Fox News that the situation is being evaluated but it is currently considered unsafe for anyone in a 2-mile radius of the plant to leave their homes.

The West Virginia Emergency Management said the 2-mile radius includes “everyone between Chelyan Bridge and Burning Springs and includes all of Belle, Marmet, Chesapeake and Chelyan.”

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Images that were posted on social media showed smoke billowing out of the plant.

“Stay in your home,” Harrald said.