Shelter-in-place order issued after explosion at West Virginia chemical plant

Courtesy: Aaron Spencer

BELLE, W.Va. (NewsNation Now) — A shelter-in-place order was issued after an explosion at a chemical plant southeast of Charleston, West Virginia.

The explosion occurred at 10:02 p.m. EST at the Chemours plant in the Kanawha County community of Belle, the county commission said in a statement. Details about the incident, including whether chemicals were involved, and whether anyone was injured weren’t immediately released.

The shelter-in-place order is for a two-mile radius around the plant, NewsNation affiliate WOWK-TV reported.

A photo shared with NewsNation showed large flames visible. People who lived in the area reported their houses shook.

In a statement, Kanawha County said it opened its emergency operations center.

Chemours formed as a spinoff from DuPont in 2015. The 723-acre site is located along the Kanawha River about 10 miles southeast of Charleston. The town of Belle has about 1,100 residents.

This is a developing story.

Correction: The article has been updated to reflect this explosion happened in West Virginia.

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