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Five injured after incident at Wacker Chemie plant in Bradley County

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UPDATE:

A representative of the Tennessee Occupational Safety & Health Administration (TOSHA) says a representative spent Thursday on the scene of where the accident happened. Depend on us to keep you posted.

PREVIOUSLY:

Five people were injured after an incident at the Wacker Chemie plant in Bradley County Wednesday afternoon. Four of the people injured were rushed to the hospital, including one via helicopter, and one was treated on the scene.

Bradley County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Bradford says those workers "had contact with a chemical at the plant."

He says there is no danger to the community.

NewsChannel 9 has a crew on the scene getting more details. Depend on us for updates as we get them.

Wacker spokesman Bill Toth later released a statement about the incident.

It says at about 11:45 a.m., a small release of the chemical chlorosilane was detected while performing routine maintenance. The plant's incident response team was rushed to the affected area and contained the release.

Toth said, "WACKER is coordinating with Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency. WACKER’s first and foremost priority is the safety and well-being of its team members, contractors and the community. There was no risk posed to the community."

Silane is a silicone-based colorless, flammable gas with a sharp, repulsive smell. Chlorosilane reacts with water to form hydrochloric acid.

Watch a demonstration of what happens when it comes into contact with the air:

Follow reporter Stephanie Santostasi on Twitter for the latest.

This is the second incident in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area involving a workplace chemical exposure. Earlier in the day, 24 people were sent to the hospital after being exposed at a Hixson business.


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