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200 Gallons Of Toxic Vapor Leak From Central Jersey Plant

LyondellBasell, Edison
LyondellBasell, Edison Photo Credit: LyondellBasell

Nearly 200 gallons of an extremely potent vapor was leaked from a Central Jersey chemical plant, causing a near-lockdown for residents Sunday evening.

The  titanium tetrachloride (TiCl) leaked from a distillation column at LyondellBasell on Meadow Road around 8:30 p.m., officials said. The situation was deemed under control around 10 p.m.

TiCl is a volatile liquid that forms opaque clouds of titanium dioxide and hydrated hydrogen chloride after making contact with humid air.

“The leak involved a product used as a catalyst for the production of plastic,” a company spokeswoman said.

"The leak is isolated and contained, and no one was injured as a result of this incident."

The facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art leak detection system, which deployed water immediately, the spokeswoman said.

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