Hopewell Fire Responds To Honeywell Factory After Tank Ruptures

HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Fire crews were on scene of an incident at the Honeywell factory on Wednesday.

Officials from the factory say that an equipment failure caused a tank that wasn’t in service ruptured due to over-pressurization.

“A tank, which was not in service and was being cleaned for inspection, and became over pressurized. This caused the top of tank to rupture,” a statement from Honeywell reads.

No one was injured.

There is an emergency team at the plant. Employees were sheltered in place as a precaution; that shelter has since been lifted.

Honeywell has had a history of problems.

The company produces ingredients that are used to make nylon and fertilizer.

In March 2013, state regulators suspected a chemical spill at the plant was the reason behind a fish kill in a Hopewell creek.

Honeywell also had to pay $3 million in fines for air pollution violations. Environmental officials said that the plant exceeded clean air limits on several pollutants.

Honeywell didn’t admit any liability, but did agree to make improvements to its pollution control equipment

Officials also investigated an ammonia leak at the plant in March. A spokesperson told 8News that the ammonia leak was contained to a small area of the facility and did not escape the building.

No one was injured in that incident.

Finally, in October of 2012, an accidental release of nitrogen oxide created an orange cloud above Hopewell.

Folks who lived in the area said the mysterious cloud affected their health.

One man complained his eyes started to burn after the cloud passed over him. A doctor told him the exposure to the chemicals caused an infection in his eye.

Stay with 8News for more information as it becomes available.

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