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No injuries after chemical container ruptures

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DASSEL — No injuries were reported after a sealed chemical container ruptured Monday afternoon at Spectralytics, 145 Third St. S., in Dassel.

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Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin said sheriff’s deputies, the Dassel Fire Department, Dassel Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance responded at 4:16 p.m. to Spectralytics for a report of an explosion in the chemical department.

There were no reported injuries, but Gold Cross Ambulance was paged and Spectralytics employees were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Norlin said a Spectralytics chemical engineer was pouring used acids into a 55-gallon waste container when a reaction occurred, causing the sealed container to rupture.  Spectralytics arranged for a private hazardous material company to remove the chemicals.

There was no damage to the Spectralytics building or equipment. Spectralytics suspended shifts until the cleanup is completed.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
(320) 235-1150
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