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After a chemical accident, people were asked to close their windows

After a chemical accident, people were asked to close their windows

Residents of a chemical plant were asked to keep windows and doors closed after white fog began to rise.

South Wales Police advised the precautionary measure following the incident at Dow’s site in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

The fire brigade was on site with several teams and gave the same recommendations as the police.

Residents in Dinas Powys, Sully and Penarth were affected and have now been informed that they are allowed to open doors and windows.

On X, formerly Twitter, the fire department published an all-clear message.

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The incident occurred at Dow’s site in Barry and affected people in Barry, Sully and Penarth (BBC)

Jon Darke, of Palmerston, Barry, about a mile and a half from the power station, said: “They usually test the alarms every Monday afternoon at 3pm, so we’re used to hearing that.”

“But if you hear it on Saturday, it means something is going on.”

The noise can be heard for miles, said the 69-year-old.

“It’s a little disturbing. All the smoke and fumes were blowing toward Sully because of the wind.”

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Local resident Jon Darke said it was “a bit disturbing” (JON DARKE)

Silicone has been produced at the site, which was formerly called Dow Corning, since 1952. Around 630 people work there.

A Dow spokeswoman said there had been a release of chemicals.

She added: “The cause of the release was quickly identified and contained and the all clear was given and communicated to the public at 4.50pm BST.”

“No injuries were sustained on site, nor were any reported in the community.”

The company will investigate the cause of the release and take steps to prevent such incidents in the future.

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South Wales Fire and Rescue Services attended the scene (JON DARKE)