Explosion Rocks Chemical Plant in Akron Downtown

Officials are still investigating what caused an explosion at a chemical plant in South Akron yesterday. 

Huge columns of fire shot into the sky just before 1 p.m. at Emerald Performance Materials.  

No one was hurt, but employees were forced to evacuate for several hours.  

Responders couldn't get on the scene for roughly two hours afterwards for fear that the chemicals inside would cause another explosion.  

After using a drone with a camera to look inside, a hazmat team with firefighting equipment went inside around 3 p.m. and put out the remaining flames. 

Keith and Tony


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