Officials explain in the post, that the company had a gasket leak which caused a vapor, identified as ethyl acetate, to be released into the air.
A Lubrizol spokesperson released a statement to FOX 8 News on Tuesday evening: “Lubrizol’s Avon Lake plant was performing routine equipment maintenance this morning when an odor was reported. The odor was due to a small amount of odorous material dripping from the equipment. This drip was quickly resolved and does not present a health or safety concern.”
Avon officials said the product has an “extremely low odor threshold. This means a small amount will create an odor.” According to the post, “the level of release was not significant enough to create any health hazard.”
According to the American Chemical Society, ethyl acetate is a widely used solvent, especially used for paints, varnishes, lacquers, cleaning mixtures, and perfumes. The colorless liquid reportedly has a fruity odor.
The gasket has since been repaired, which will allow the odor to dissipate.