November 15, 2010

Streets reopened after small chemical spill

Mark Millican

— A cloud of dust caused by a small chemical spill led authorities to evacuate a plant and shut down streets in a half-mile radius in Industrial Park on Monday around lunchtime.

The mishap at Marktec — a company that manufactures glues and resins — occurred around 11:30 a.m., according to Whitfield 911. But by 1 p.m. authorities had given an “all clear” and units from the Dalton Fire and Police Departments began demobilizing from the scene. Spokesman Bruce Frazier said two people were taken to Hamilton Medical Center to be treated for skin irritation.

“The release was just a spill of a solid powder substance called polymethyl methacrylate,” said Frazier. “When it was spilled it created a dust cloud that employees thought was smoke and they called it in as a fire. The fire department has checked out the scene and has declared it clear and they are demobilizing. The spill was contained to the building, and it’s pretty much all clear here now.”

Just after 1 p.m. Frazier said streets would be open within an hour.