MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

What exactly was the chemical in the air after Wacker explosion Thursday?

Friday afternoon, Wacker clarified that the chemical released is called trichlorosilane. Wacker officials says when trichlorosilane mixes with moisture in the air, it makes another compound called HCl. That's what they were worried about people breathing in.

Alex Haws wasn't in school Friday because of the explosion at Wacker, but he was working hard on an extra-curricular project after he witnessed the catastrophe.

"I heard a real loud bang boom. I don't know it was a big old thud, and the school shook," he said.

Soon after he saw steam puff up into the sky. Friday afternoon, Wacker clarified that the chemical released is called trichlorosilane. Wacker officials says when trichlorosilane mixes with moisture in the air, it makes another compound called HCl. That's what they were worried about people breathing in.

Professor Bradley Harris his chemical engineering class is very familiar with HCl.

"As an inhalant, something that's in the air, it's mostly just going to be an irritant," Harris said. "It's going to make you feel uncomfortable. It's going to bother your mouth, your esophagus, your lungs-- make you cough."

That's why Haws created this petition online that now has more than 500 signatures.

"Gas masks should be provided for each student teacher and faculty," he said.

Haws didn't experience symptoms after the explosion Thursday, but wants to know he'll be safe in the future. Even if the school can't afford masks, he says he wants a safety discussion to happen.

When NewsChannel 9 spoke with Bradley County superintendent Thursday, she said the school does have an emergency procedure in place when something happens at Wacker.

We don't have specifics of what it is, but we do know they had students come inside, while they turned off the school's AC systems.

Tennova Healthcare administrators say five more people came in with issues related to the explosion between last night and today. That brings the total number to 13 patients.

Trending