The Airosol, Inc. chemical plant, located roughly 15 miles north of Independence, manufactures aerosol, liquid, and specialty chemicals for various industries. The plant exploded in the morning hours, and the fire continues to rage as fire crews attend to the flames.
News on 6 reports that one plant worker was hospitalized in Wichita with unknown injuries. Airosol, Inc. employs 40 workers in its 100,000-square-foot facility located on the west side of Neodesha.
Officials issued evacuations for areas west and north of Osage Street and 9th Street, north to Cobalt Industries, reports News on 6. Shelters are available at United Methodist, First Christian, and Nazarene Churches. Neodesha USD 461 schools closed due to the ongoing incident.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),