The cause of an explosion and fire at a chemical processing facility in Valdosta remains unclear. A city spokeswoman said elevated pH levels of water inside the Perma-Fix facility delayed some of the on-site evaluations that need to be performed.
Authorities in south Georgia say fire crews were continuing to monitor the scene of a chemical explosion that rocked an industrial complex, injuring three people. Valdosta city officials said in a statement that firefighters remained at the scene Wednesday night until an investigation could begin Thursday.
Federal authorities are probing the death of 62-year-old Isiah Scott, who died over the weekend at a chemical plant in Augusta. Scott, of Hephzibah, was found unresponsive atop a railroad tanker car loaded with molten sulfur Saturday.
Emergency management officials say a fire at an Athens chemical plant poses no public health risk. Chuck Gulley, coordinator of the Athens-Clarke Emergency Management Agency, told the Athens Banner-Herald that samples taken from the air and water near the blaze at J&J Chemical Co. showed safe levels of chemicals from the fire.