Hazardous Chemical Spill near Atwater Village, CA
Hazardous material was spilled in an industrial facility on Thursday, March 17th around 8:30 a.m. in Los Angeles, CA. A fire alarm was activated at Huntsman Corporation, located at 5121 W San Fernando Rd. First responders initially suspected a fire, but quickly treated it as Hazardous Material with special resources requested enroute.
The spill was initiated during transportation due to a metal valve rupturing. Investigators are still working to determine the cause. The spill also caused a layer of white smoke to form above Atwater Village and Glendale, CA. Huntsman Corporation evacuated their employees as a precaution, with no injuries reported at this time.
The Los Angeles Fire Department advised members of the public to move South of Electronics Place. Further details about the leak weren’t immediately disclosed
What chemicals does Huntsman Corporation produce?
Huntsman Corporation manufactures performance products, primarily based on amines, surfactants, and maleic anhydride. Some of the chemicals used in their manufacturing are polyurethane and titanium dioxide.
Fume Exposure & Health
Agrochemicals are used in agriculture such as fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides. Polyurethane is mostly in the form of flexible foam, and is popularly used in furniture, bedding and carpet underlay. Epoxy resins are commonly used in adhesives, plastics, paints, coatings, primers and sealers. These chemicals can be hazardous when uncured.
Being exposed to these chemicals can create symptoms such as skin, eye, and throat irritations, nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, and swelling in hands and feet.
Vapors of agrochemicals can irritate lungs. As a result, often people develop asthma, which is a permanent health disease. Common symptoms: wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
The chemicals Huntsman Corporation are using are considered to be unsafe chemicals that can potentially cause cancer.
Other Symptoms include:
Burning or inflamed eyes
New or persistent cough
What You Can Do:
If the odor is affecting your health, JT Legal Group’s attorneys may be able to help. JT Legal Group has experience with similar cases such as the Porter Ranch Gas Leak and Carson Public Nuisance. JT Legal Group understands the complexity of all types of damages and works diligently to study nuisance effects from Southern California communities and neighborhoods. To learn more about your rights and how to proceed during this difficult time in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, please contact us.
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