Nitrogen Oxide Leak Causes Orange Cloud Over Hopewell
By Staff Reports
Oct 1, 2012, 16:59
A yellow cloud appeared over Hopewell this afternoon when nitrogen oxide was released from the Honeywell plant off Randolph Rd.
The leak of the gas, which is generated from the plant's manufacturing process and released regularly within permitted levels, occurred at approximately 4 p.m.
"It went straight up in the air and never came down," said Chief Keith Kennedy with the Hopewell Fire Department. "No one was in imminent danger."
Alarms could be heard in the areas surrounding the plant.
"There were no injuries, but as per our procedures, the plant activated its emergency response measures and notified local emergency responders," a release from the company stated.
Kennedy said the fire department did not have to do anything on scene, but was called to the plant by the emergency system.
"It just floated across the city in that nice, big, yellow cloud," Kennedy said.
The statement said nitrogen oxide emissions at the plant are back to normal levels and Honeywell is investigating the incident.