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Fire, risk of explosions prompt evacuations near Georgia chemical plant

Fire, risk of explosions prompt evacuations near Georgia chemical plant
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Monday, 07 November, 2022, 20:36

Neighborhoods near a chemical plant in Georgia where a large fire was burning were evacuated on Monday. The fire sent a thick plume of smoke into the air from the plant, located outside the port city of Brunswick, about 70 miles south of Savannah.

Smoke hazards and a risk of explosions prompted officials to order people to leave three neighborhoods within a 1-mile radius of the Symrise chemical plant, Glynn County government spokesperson Katie Baasen said. People within a 3-mile radius were being told to shelter in place.

"If you are going to the shelter, please bring personal care items including medications, toiletries, and clothing for you and your family," emergency management authorities tweeted. "Domesticated pets are allowed, but need to be in a kennel. Bring leashes, food, and medicine for pets."

The fire had been contained and was expected to burn itself out, Baasen said in an email message to The Associated Press. She said hazards from the smoke posed the largest concern, though there was also a potential the fire could cause explosions.