Shelter in place lifted in West Virginia city after ‘minor’ incident at chemical plant

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A shelter in place was issued in a West Virginia city after officials reported “a minor chemical incident” early Thursday.

The order was issued around 6:20 a.m. in South Charleston, and was lifted about 35 minutes later, Kanawha County officials said.

County officials said a 30-gallon barrel of a chlorine-based substance leaked at the Clearon plant and had created a haze and smell, West Virginia Metro News reported. 

The South Charleston Fire Department had responded to the scene.

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County officials said a chlorine leak at the Clearon plant in South Charleston prompted a shelter in place order, which was lifted after about 35 minutes.

County officials said a chlorine leak at the Clearon plant in South Charleston prompted a shelter in place order, which was lifted after about 35 minutes. (Google Maps)

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South Charleston is located about 4 miles west of the state capital Charleston.