Early Friday morning, a chemical spill that created a large chemical plume forced evacuations in Atchison, KS. MGP plant, headquartered in Atchison, is a company that distills alcohol products and produces food ingredients. City officials identified that the chemicals involved in this incident were sulfuric acid and sodium hypochlorite.
The chemical cloud was a result of a delivery to the plant being placed in the wrong tank, which caused a reaction.
RT 41ActionNews "Photos of chemical leak from Daisy Henson in Atchison, Kansas pic.twitter.com/FzfqfRzMXN"
— The Now KC (@TheNowKC) October 21, 2016
According to the National Weather Service of Kansas city, the chemical spill moved north, and they released the below model for the projected path of the chemical cloud.
Dangerous chemical spill in Atchison, KS. Here is where our model projects chemicals will spread through 11:30 pic.twitter.com/i6544G3n3k
— NWS Kansas City (@NWSKansasCity) October 21, 2016
Many of the schools were evacuated to the nearby Wal-Mart, and the Kansas Department of Transportation said that Kansas Highway 7, U.S. 73, and U.S. 59 highways in Atchison were closed temporarily until the chemical cloud dissipated.
All residents and business owners in the affected area were encouraged to shelter in place, keeping all doors and windows closed. The spill originated between 10th and 14th streets, south of Main Street, according to Atchison officials.
Once the dust settled, reports coming Atchison Hospital emergency room, spokeswoman T.C. Roberts, stated that fifty-two people were treated for respiratory discomfort, with one remaining in ICU.
MGP officials released a statement noting that the company has "worked hard to make sure the immediate situation has been resolved" and also promising to "mitigate the chance of a similar incident occurring in the future."