Tennessee Sulfur Leak Prompts Evacuations

The vapor was a combination of sulfur dioxide and sulfur trioxide.


 
 

| Tuesday, May 25, 2010


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - About 30 to 40 people have evacuated their homes after an acidic gas escaped from a chemical plant near Memphis.

A spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Office says deputies and firefighters went door to door in the mainly rural area to tell people to leave. The evacuations were in an area about a mile around the Lucite International plant.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Shular says no injuries have been reported.

Plant spokesman Tom Eubanks says the vapor was a combination of sulfur dioxide and sulfur trioxide. Sulfur trioxide is an ingredient in sulfuric acid and can mix with water particles in the air to form an acid mist.

Eubanks said the fumes escaped when a sulfuric acid plant was started up. Plant personnel were shutting it down in a step-by-step process.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, hazmat, evacuation

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

PulsePoint PSA, San Diego

App will allow trained San Diego residents to respond to nearby cardiac arrest c
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

California Beach Lightning Strike MCI

More than a dozen injured in Venice Beach lighting strike.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

New Item on Iowa Helicopter Helps Save Patient’s Life

Supply of blood recently added to LifeFlight helicopter.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Shooting Inside Pennsylvania Hospital

Early reports of one person dead in Darby hospital.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >