Chemical leak prompts evacuations in Norton

NORTON, MA (WHDH) - Authorities said a chemical leak Wednesday morning prompted evacuations in Norton.

A quarter-mile radius from Barrowsville Station to 242 Dean Street was evacuated, according to police.

Fire officials said the leak happened at an old manufacturing building on Barrows Street. The building, home to Tweed Inc., was evacuated. The company reportedly makes spandex materials.

It’s not clear what kind of chemical was emitted, but officials said it was not a spill, but rather a liquid that was turning gaseous and emitting an odor.

According to officials, 5-6 30-gallon containers of an unknown chemical were giving an odor, and subsequent noises coming from the room prompted employees to call police.

Hazmat crews responded to the scene. The situation was stabilized.

Residents who were evacuated were allowed to return to their homes after several hours.

No injuries were reported.

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