An Ellis County chemical plant was evacuated earlier this week after an explosion, according to NBC DFW. Nearly 70 employees and surrounding residents were part of the evacuation that occurred on Monday. Officials then increased the evacuation to 1.5 miles from the plant. The plant received a load of 300 plastic totes of sodium chlorite, and one had a reaction and ruptured, resulting in an explosion with no fire and chlorine gas being leaked into the air. While it is not known whether injuries resulted from the incident, this is not the first time the company has had to evacuate its facilities; in 2011, a massive fire forced evacuations of employees and nearby residents and schools.

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