akron chemical plant explosion

Plan in place to burn off remaining chemical from Akron plant fire

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Fire Department and Emerald Performance Materials have announced the plan to get rid of the remaining chemical that burned in a huge fire at the plant on July 18. The building where the fire occurred contained the chemical butadiene. Crews have been working to clean up and restore the building, […]

Evacuations after explosion at Akron chemical plant

AKRON, Ohio– Emergency crews are at the scene of an explosion at a chemical plant in Akron. It happened at Emerald Performance Materials, located on West Emerling Avenue, shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Akron Fire Lt. Siergie Lash said no injuries were reported and authorities are working with the business to make sure all employees […]

Photos: Chemical plant explosion sends black smoke into sky over Akron

AKRON, Ohio– An explosion at Emerald Performance Materials sent black smoke into the sky over Akron Wednesday afternoon. The Akron Fire Department said no injuries have been reported and the building was evacuated. No emergency workers are going into the building. FOX 8 viewers spotted the thick, dark smoke several miles away. Other witnesses reported […]

Worker describes Akron explosion: ‘I didn’t know if I was coming out’

AKRON, Ohio– A man working at Emerald Performance Materials described the explosion that happened Wednesday afternoon. Akron fire officials said no injuries have been reported. The area was evacuated in a half-mile radius, and police and fire are not going into the building. Carlos Medina said he was in a manhole when his crew heard […]

All clear given after Akron chemical plant explosion

AKRON, Ohio– The all clear was given just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday following a chemical plant explosion in Akron.  Those people who had to leave their homes or businesses were told they can return, the City of Akron said. The city wrote on Facebook, “The Akron Fire Department has determined there is no ongoing risk […]