An accident involving the chemical compound Benzoyl Peroxide has prompted evacuations in an area of northeast Salina.
It happened at the McShares facility at 1835 E North Street and has prompted an evacuation of a half-mile mile wide radius shortly after 3 pm.
The Salina Fire Department’s Hazaradous Response team responded to the scene.
Salina Fire Marshal Roger Williams told KSAL News at the scene that there initially was a white plume, which has since dissolved.
A bad chemical reaction occurred when the facility was mixing Hydrogen Peroxide, Benzoyl Chloride, and Azelaic Acid. The reaction caused a plume that forced the evacuation of the plant as well as residents and businesses within a half mile radius of the facility.
A 15 foot by 20 foot tank was still about 1/4th full. It was contained, but needed to be disposed of. Because of an explosive potential, the evacuation was ordered.
Williams stressed that the community was safe, and the evacuation was a precaution.
All employees are safe and there were no injuries
Residents were asked to stay clear from the area until an “all clear” was issued. It eas issued around 530.
McShares manufactures products for the flour milling and baking industry. The company produces flour additives, additive dispensing systems, and defatted wheat germ products.