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Lightning ignites fire at Dow Chemical plant

May 16, 2012
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BRISTOL, Pa. — Lightning struck two chemical storage tanks at Dow Chemical’s Rohm and Haas plant in Bristol, Pa., Wednesday morning, sparking a fire that burned for nearly two hours, Philly.com reported.

The tanks contained ethyl acrylate and butyl acrylate, both of which are used in the manufacture of a coating product used in paints.

Lighting struck the tanks at about 3:35 a.m. and the fire appeared to be mostly under control by about 5:15 a.m., the article stated.

“We do not anticipate any health impact to the community,” Dow said in a statement.

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