People ordered to stay inside after ‘serious explosion’ at chemical plant

People have been told to stay inside following a reported explosion at a chemical plant in West Virginia.

Residents have been informed a shelter-in-place order, which covers a 2-mile radius (3.2km).

The chemical incident took place at the Chemours chemical plant in Belle county.

The incident was reported at 10pm local time (around 3am UK time), on Wednesday.

Dispatchers said there was 'some type of explosion' with the cause unknown at this time, local media reports.

One person was reportedly taken to hospital for treatment, Eyewitness news states.

According to the Kanawha County Commission, the Kanawha County Emergency Operations Centre has been activated.

One person on Twitter claimed they live 10 miles away from the site and felt tremors.

Another said their parents live across the river and it 'shook their house'.

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The US National Weather Service said the warning covered all those who live from Burning Springs to the Chelyan Bridge on the Belle side of the Kanawha river and west city limits of Marmet to Chelyan bridge.

Chemours released the following statement, writes WSAZ : “An incident at one of the tenant companies at the Chemours site in Belle, West Virginia has resulted in a fire. Site responders are working to contain the fire. We have no further details at this time.”

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., tweeted, “Gayle and I are praying for those at the Chemours plant in Belle & for our brave first responders who are running to the fire tonight. I urge all those in and near Belle to stay tuned to local media & follow instructions from local officials.”

Kanawha County WV Commisioner Kent Carpet told local news: "We have had a least one very serious explosion and a working fire at the plant. Terrible destruction."

The incident was stabilised at around 11.45pm local time with emergency services checking for residuals or chemicals left over.

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