TAR HEEL, N.C. (WECT) – Smithfield Packing Plant in Tar Heel and nearby homes were evacuated after a chemical reaction Monday morning.
According to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw, seven employees were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a chemical reaction occurred between sodium hypochlorite and acid during a cleaning process at approximately 3:30 a.m.
Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.
Emergency crews ventilated the building, and employees were allowed back into the plant at about 8:15 a.m.
More than 15 units have responded to the scene.
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