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No injuries after chemical container ruptures

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

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.

David Little
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