SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – Police and first responders have been known as to a chemical plant in South Whitehall Township early Sunday morning after residents reported a powerful odor.
Crews responded to the GEO Specialty Chemical plant on North Cedar Crest Boulevard round 5 a.m. after it smelled strongly like cloth softener, officers stated.
Residents inside a one-mile radius of the plant have been ordered to shelter in place whereas a hazardous supplies crew labored with personnel from the chemical plant to determine and comprise the spill, stated officers.
They decided that the chemical substances weren’t harmful, and the shelter-in-place order was lifted round 7 a.m.
Officers stated cleanup was underway and there’s no threat to the general public, however folks within the space should still discover an uncommon odor for a while.
GEO manufactures a variety of merchandise, together with chemical substances for wastewater therapy, industrial lubricants and acrylic resins.
The Lehigh County Particular Ops/HAZMAT crew, together with Woodlawn and Palmer fireplace corporations, Cetronia Ambulance and and Allentown paramedics joined the native police division in responding to the incident.