Residents Told To Take Shelter In Ohio After Chemical Spill

( – Two incidents have rocked the United States after Americans were exposed to toxic chemicals. Most recently, a truck crash in Tucson, Arizona, led to residents within a one-mile radius being told to shelter in place as the vehicle spilled nitric acid, an irritable substance that can cause pneumonitis and bronchitis, according to The Daily Wire.  

Officials in the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality deliberated whether or not the order should be expanded, according to KGUN-TV. Residents were advised by the state’s Department of Safety to avoid the area. The department also warned of “extensive closures.” 

Spokesperson Raul Garcia Jr. said that first responders are working in the area to “mitigate the incident.” 

The news comes after a train crash in East Palestine, Ohio led to the leakage of industrial chemicals, such as Vinyl chloride, a carcinogenic material, and ethylhexyl acrylate. Authorities reportedly began a controlled burn of the substances to mitigate the chances of an explosion. Dense, dark clouds could be seen in the footage of the fire. 

While residents have been told that it is safe to return to their homes, they have noticed oddities, especially in their animals. Animals have been getting sick and suddenly dying, according to some reports. First responders that did not evacuate are also experiencing symptoms such as sore throats, headaches, coughing, and diarrhea. 

Norfolk Southern has said that the status of ethylene glycol monobutyl found within another train car is unknown, and that ethylhexyl acrylate is still “pending.” 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said that the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) is not going to be offering assistance to residents of the town, according to The Epoch Times. A spokesperson reportedly said that East Palestine was not eligible to receive assistance because the controlled fire does not qualify as a natural disaster.

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