Processing Magazine

Chemical rupture sends 47 to hospital

May 24, 2012

WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. — Forty-seven people suffered skin irritations and respiratory problems following a chemical rupture Monday at the MFG Chemical Plant in Whitfield County, Ga., WDEF News 12 reported.

At approximately 8:15 a.m., a ruptured disc off of an over-pressurized chemical tank blew through the roof at MFG and through the side of the nearby Beaulieu of America plant.

Police and fire department spokesman Bruce Frazier said workers at MFG were making a substance used in water treatment called “Coagulant 129” when the rupture occurred.

"There were six people inside the MFG plant, and it’s my understanding that there were no injuries in there...and also no contamination,” Frazier said. “The contamination issues happened to some people in the neighboring buildings."