Multiple Workers Injured in Rolls Royce Plant Chemical Spill
At least six people were injured on Friday afternoon after a chemical spill at a Rolls Royce plant in Indianapolis.
Details of the Chemical Spill
According to breaking news reports from the Indy Star, the Wayne Township Fire Department has responded to an explosion at a Rolls Royce factory where multiple people were injured in a nitric acid spill. Initial reports say at least six workers were injured; five of the injured workers were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The incident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The cause of the incident, which police scanner chatter is referring to as an explosion, is unknown. Fire crews have reported seeing a “chemical cloud” inside the building.
About Nitric Acid
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes nitric acid as a “colorless, yellow, or red, fuming liquid with an acrid, suffocating odor.” Nitric acid itself does not burn does increase the flammability of combustible materials.
Exposure to nitric acid can cause severe irritation as well as burns to the skin, eyes and lungs. High concentrations of nitric acid can also cause erosion of teeth, according to the NJ Health Department.
The Chemical Hazardous Response Information System (CHRIS) recorded 19 incidents involving nitric acid exposure in 2012. Three injuries were recorded and 313 people had to be evacuated. Nitric acid ranked as the CHRIS substance with the highest number of recorded incidents that year.