Chemical plant fire in Latonia, Kentucky – Explosions at Interplastic Corporation as neighbors warned to stay inside

RESIDENTS are being told to shelter-in-place if they live within a mile of a Covington chemical plant in Kentucky.

Similar Chemicals, a plant, had a fire around 9pm, according to Kenton County Dispatch. The plant is located in the Latonia neighborhood. 

Video from a resident’s porch camera shows the moments after a loud boom was heard in the area near the plant.

“Like something blew up,” the resident could be heard saying. “It was not like a car crash…something blew up.”

A “code red” alert was issued for residents shortly before 8:30pm, according to dispatch.

Crews were at the scene of the fire as of 10:30pm.

No one was believed to be in the plant at the time of the explosion, according to Kentucky County dispatch.

Both Covington and Fort Wright authorities were called to the scene, WLWT reports.

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According to WCPO, Kenton County dispatchers confirmed people within one mile of Interplastic Corporation were urged to stay inside until given an "all clear."

The news outlet noted there are multiple homes and businesses in the nearby area.

After the loud boom, WCPO's Jake Ryle tweeted: "Minutes ago we heard what sounded like a jet taking off.

"You can see someone on the bottom right of the screen taking cover.

"Kenton Co. dispatch confirms an explosion took place at the Interplastic Corporation on Latonia Avenue. Residents are sheltering-in-place."

In the six-second video clip, a loud noise can be heard and someone appears to be dropping to the ground for safety.

A statement from The City of Fort Wright, obtained by WCPO, revealed the explosion "involved a storage vessel housing polyester resin."

The fire was able to be contained by crews and the property damage was minimal.

The city explained: "The situation is active but contained and no immediate threat is believed to exist.

"As the chemical resin continues to cool down it is off gassing and occassionally emitting a loud popping noise.

"These are not considered explosions but rather a normal cooling process."

According to the report, a 1,000-foot perimeter was set for safety as an investigation is underway.

Crews on the scene will be monitoring the situation for a couple of hours and the incident is not expected to lead to an evacuation as the safety perimeter was implemented as a precautionary measure, WCPO explains.

Interplastic Corporation's website dubs the company as having been "an industry leader in thermoset resin, gel coat, colorant, and putty research, design, and development since 1959."

A shelter-in-place order was previously issued in connection to the chemical plant back in March 2019.

Residents and businesses within 1,000 feet of the plant were advised by Covington Fire Department officials to "shelter in place" after an equipment failure led to the "release of a 'chemical irritant."

When that incident occurred, Covington, Kentucky Government took to Facebook to say: "'Shelter in place' means to go inside, shut your doors and windows, and turn off any ventilation drawing air in from the outside."

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