All Clear Given for Latonia Residents

(Covington, KY) - Covington fire officials say a “shelter-in-place” advisory has been lifted and neighbors of the Interplastic Corporation can resume normal activity.

Emergency officials remain on the scene, and while the chemical leak has not been completely stopped, “it’s greatly reduced to the point where it’s no longer a concern,” Assistant Chief Mike Bloemer said.

Covington Fire Department officials had advised residents and businesses of West Latonia within 1,000 feet of Interplastic Corporation across the border in Fort Wright to “shelter in place” after an equipment failure at the plant led to the release of a “chemical irritant” this afternoon.

Fire Chief Mark Pierce said no injuries have been reported as a vapor cloud coming from the plant was blowing east and dissipating.

The chemical is considered a lung irritant, said Bloemer who was at the scene.

“Shelter in place” means to go inside, shut your doors and windows, and turn off any ventilation drawing air in from the outside.

Fort Wright firefighters as well as Kenton County Homeland Security Emergency Management and the regional hazardous materials team were at the scene, Bloemer said.

A call reporting “white smoke” in the area came in at 12:51 p.m., Pierce said. Some neighbors were reporting a chemical smell.

The release occurred reportedly because a pressure release valve failed or stuck. The plant is at 3535 Latonia Ave.

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