Fire causes chemical leak, environmental concerns - - Jackson, MS

Fire causes chemical leak, environmental concerns

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Flames and black smoke lit up the night sky Thursday from the Flowood warehouse fire. A day later, blue dye containing herbicides and pesticides could be seen in ditches and waterways around the charred Flowood structure.

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality say several barrels of chemicals owned by herbicide company Red River Specialties Incorporated melted in the fire, causing the leak.

"This dye is going to look bad, it's going to be a color change. We could have a fish kill, said Ernie Shirley with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. "There's a possibility from that so we're monitoring the area but it could get a little worse before it gets better."

MDEQ officials estimate 2 thousand gallons of the chemicals leaked out. Contractors were called in to remove the chemicals and dye from a ditch that leads to a slough, that dumps in to the Pearl river. People in the area are being urged not to touch the water.

Fire officials have determined the blaze began in the adjacent Mud Predators ATV building, but they haven't narrowed down how.

Flowood Chief Jeff Welborn said,

"We've got investigators in there now, said Flowood Fire Chief Jeff Welborn. "The State Fire Marshal's office trying to determine a cause, "We do not feel there is any foul play."

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