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‘Multiple explosions’ reported at chemical plant in coastal Georgia, neighborhoods evacuated – WSB-TV Channel 2

‘Multiple explosions’ reported at chemical plant in coastal Georgia, neighborhoods evacuated – WSB-TV Channel 2

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. – Emergency crews responded to a chemical plant in coastal Georgia after reports of multiple explosions.

The Glynn County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a large fire at the Symrise Chemical Plant and released a photo showing a large plume of smoke.

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Officials evacuated the plant and ordered the evacuation of Hickory Bluff, Sanctuary Cove, Satilla Shores and Royal Oaks neighborhoods.

“Code Red is engaged. Multiple potential evacuations are being coordinated. A fire department is on scene with multiple agencies on the way,” the sheriff’s office said.

The fire is now contained but will continue to burn throughout the day. One firefighter was taken to the hospital due to heat exhaustion.

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Capt. Eric Proswimmer said the heat from the fire caused three metal chemical tanks to explode. Firefighters used more than a million gallons of water stored in tanks at the site.

Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statement Monday morning about the fire.

“Earlier today, local authorities alerted my office to a large fire at the Symrise Chemical Plant on Highway 17 in Brunswick. I immediately instructed Director Stallings of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Colonel Wright of the Georgia State Patrol, Director Rick Dunn of the Department of Environmental Protection and Georgia Department of Transportation leaders to direct all available state resources to assist local responders.

“As the situation develops throughout the day, Marty and I are asking our fellow Georgians to join us in praying for this community and encouraging the first responders to the fire. Please continue to consult local news and public safety officials for any updates.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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