Nov 18, 2014 8:24 PM by Debbie Cobb
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - Ventura County fire officials say the danger is easing from a mysterious chemical that exploded into flames at a waste facility, sending dozens for decontamination treatment.
An explosion around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Santa Paula plant burned a truck and spread about 1,200 gallons of a highly combustible chemical mix.
When it dried, it burst into flames. Firefighters stood by to let it burn itself out.
A mile around the plant was evacuated, but county fire engineer Rich Macklin says by nightfall that was reduced to a half-mile as winds eased and most of the chemical had burned up.
Estimates say around 35 to 50 people, including firefighters and medical staff, were washed down or treated for complaints such as breathing problems. One trucker remains hospitalized.