Eastern Virginia poultry plant re-operating after chemical fire, explosion

Eastern Virginia poultry plant re-operating after chemical fire, explosion

ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) – There is a chicken processing facility on the East Coast of Virginia operating again after a fire that could cause explosions for a mile.

Daily Times of Salisbury reports that Wednesday's fire at Perdue facility attracted more than 25 emergency vehicles.

Accomac plant employs a staff of 1,800 people and evacuated. Company spokesman Danielle Tergis said employees were able to return to work on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

There were two tanks containing paracetic acid and sodium chloride. The tanks were adjacent to a fuel tank, which caused further concern.

Donald L. Hart Jr, Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, said that a fire could cause an explosion with water, so authorities allowed him to burn it out.

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