‘All clear’ given following chemical leak in Akron

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AKRON, Ohio — A hazmat crew from the Akron Fire Department gave the “all clear” following a chemical leak early Friday morning.

It happened around 2 a.m. Friday at Emerald Performance Materials on W. Emerling Avenue.

It was initially reported as a natural gas leak, but crews determined it was a chemical leak.

According to the Akron Fire Department, it involved a reaction between acrylic nitrile and butudiene.

According to it’s website, Emerald Performance Materials “produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of consumer and industrial applications.”

Fox 8 received phone calls and emails from people living in the area saying they could smell the chemicals.

There were no evacuations.

Akron Metro RTA temporarily suspended bus service early Friday, but the suspension was lifted a short time later and all bus service resumed normal operations.