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A series of explosions and a fire severely injured three people Wednesday afternoon in the incident in an Azalea East Industrial Park facility that processes and disposes hazardous and non-hazardous waste - reports The Valdosta Daily Times.
Perma-Fix processes and disposes chemicals, such as items in aerosol cans, ink paste and other materials. Due to the chemicals in the plant, more explosions followed in a series of repeated bursts for the next 30-40 minutes, with less occasional explosive sounds well past an hour after the initial call.
South Georgia Medical Center sent three ambulances to the scene, according to the hospital. At least three people were severely injured in the blasts, said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress. LifeFlight helicopters transported all three injured people to the hospital, though the Chief was not certain if they were transported to a local or other hospital.
Authorities evacuated the area and closed the Azalea East Industrial Park.
By approximately 5 p.m., the industrial park had been stabilized though firefighters continued working the scene into the evening.
A cause of the initial explosion was undetermined Wednesday evening.
Perma-Fix processes and disposes of chemicals including arsenic, chloroform, methyl ethyl ketone, vinyl chloride, benzene, etc. The company has been located in Valdosta since 1974.