Chemical spill in downtown Charleston

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Fire Department officials have confirmed a chemical spill at the Rhodia Chemical plant in downtown Charleston.

Charleston Fire Department public information officer Mark Ruppel says the plant had a phosphorous tri chloride leak this morning. Ruppel says plant workers sounded the alarm when the leak occurred because when phosphorous tri chloride mixes with rain water it can create hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid can be highly corrosive and cause severe damage to skin.

Ruppel says there is no danger to the public at this time. He says the plant is handling the clean-up from the spill, and the Fire Department is simply on standby to assist of needed.

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