Spill at Chemical Plant causes School Evacuation

| October 2, 2015


CAIRO — A spill at a Cairo-area chemical plant caused alarm and the evacuation of the Cairo High School.

A spill at the Heritage Industrial Complex was initially thought to be a dangerous chemical.  It turned out to be vinegar.

WALB reported that a safety officer at Big Bend AgriServices confirmed a small amount of vinegar overflowed from a new tank that had recently been installed.  He noted a faulty sensor created the spill.

However, the spill caused a response by local officials who, thinking the spill was serious, evacuated a one mile area around the site.  That evacuation area included an apartment complex and Cairo High School.

There were no injuries reported, according to WALB, and no actual danger to the public.


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