EMA officials warn about dangerous chemicals - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

EMA officials warn about dangerous chemicals

Posted: Updated:
? When it comes to business and industry, EMA officials are required by law to report dangerous chemicals to the state. ? When it comes to business and industry, EMA officials are required by law to report dangerous chemicals to the state.
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Homeless man found dead near railroad tracks

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
    The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16th Street in Columbus.More >>
  • LaGrange woman hit by juvenile with cast iron skillet

    LaGrange woman hit with skillet by juvenile

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:15:06 GMT
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile. Police say on July 27, at approximately 4:43 a.m., the Patrol Division respondedMore >>
    The LaGrange Police Department says an 88-year-old woman was struck in the head with a cast iron skillet by a male juvenile.More >>
  • Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Mom shoots at burglar trying to steal her car

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:28:43 GMT
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
    A Columbus woman catches a man trying to steal her car and fires back literally. The car theft gone wrong happened late Friday evening. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy caught up with the victim.More >>
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

In Marshall County where there are many chicken plants, chemicals used there bring about certain concerns.

Emergency Management Agency officials feel it doesn't always have to explode to be dangerous.

Plants can have industrial chemicals that can be very dangerous, but EMA Director Anita McBurnett said people should stay aware because dangerous chemicals are really everywhere.

It was July 2011 when some 20 people were evacuated from the Americold Logistics Plant in Albertville after an ammonia line ruptured.

EMA officials say the danger of ammonia is that a person can inhale it, making their mucus membranes burn and causing a fluid buildup in the lungs that can drown a person.

However, trucks carry hazardous chemicals on the roadways, barges on the waterways. Chlorine tanks at your local pool cause a significant danger, and even chemicals in your home can cause dangerous violent reactions: like chlorine bleach and ammonia, which should never be mixed or even stored together.

But when it comes to business and industry, McBurnett said they are required by law to report such dangerous chemicals to the state.

That helps first responders know what they're dealing with when they arrive to give the appropriate treatment.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.