Rolls-Royce acid spill leaves nine injured

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Nine people were injured when nitric acid was released at Rolls-Royce Friday afternoon during an explosion, fire officials said.

The incident happened at the facility, 2355 S. Tibbs Ave., around 1:30 p.m. Fire officials said there was an explosion involving a 250-gallon nitric acid tank.

It is not known how much of the chemical was released, and won’t be determined until the company fully investigates how the release occurred.

Wayne Township Fire Department officials said there was a chemical cloud inside the building.

“They are working to determine how big the explosion was they are working on the answers,” said Mike Pruitt with the Wayne Township Fire Department.

Seven Rolls-Royce employees were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital, one was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Health, and another person was treated at the scene. All of the people who were taken to the hospital have since been released.

The company canceled its second and third shifts. The building remained evacuated around 3:20 p.m. As of 4:15, most of the emergency responders left the scene.

Officials say the cause  of the incident will most likely be determined on Monday.

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