Charleston fire crews respond to reported chlorine release from rail car

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston Fire Department units are responded to a reported chlorine release from a rail car on the upper peninsula on Wednesday.

The incident happened just before 1:00 p.m. at LanXess, a company who manufactures phosphorus chloride plus numerous derivative products such as flame-retardant additives and intermediate products for agrochemicals.

HazMat teams were dispatched to the scene and were able to quickly stop the release.

According to a release from the company, a rail car containing chlorine was being disconnected when the chemical was released.

The release stated there was a visible vapor cloud, which dissipated within 15-feet of the rail car and lasted for about 15 minutes.

Sirens at the site were activated and all employees sheltered in place. Six facility workers, who showed signs of minor irritation to the respiratory system, were transported to MUSC as a precautionary measure. 

The cause of the release is currently unknown.

Charleston Fire said the scene has since been cleared and all other employees were able to return to their work area.

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