Employees evacuated at Columbus Peach State Labs

Source: Curtis McCloud
Source: Curtis McCloud

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Employees at a chemical lab are breathing a sigh of relief.  Around 9:20 a.m. Friday morning employees were evacuated at Peach State Labs located at 1136 Chumar Street —that's off 54th Street, because of a chemical situation.

Columbus Fire Marshall Chief Streeter says several fire and emergency personnel were called out due to a couple of organic peroxides that were released in the air.  Officials tell us the situation is now under control.

We are told a refrigerator the chemicals were stored in failed causing the materials to react.  The chemicals, Luperox A98 (a powder) and Luperox 26 (a liquid), need to keep cool and react when they reach temperatures above 108 degrees.

There were no injuries reported. Firefighters used fans and positive pressure ventilators to get the fumes out of the facility.

Employees and surrounding businesses were given the all-clear to go back to work. Initially, the lab and businesses around it were evacuated as a precaution.

PSL specializes in polymer chemicals that are used in flooring textiles, coating and paints, leather and other consumer products.

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