Shelter-in-Place Lifted After Chemical Leak at Jeffersontown Plant
Update 1:49pm: The shelter-in-place in Jeffersontown has been lifted.
A chemical leak in Jeffersontown prompted a shelter-in-place on Friday for people within a mile of 11621 Electron Drive.
MetroSafe says the leak happened around 11:16 this morning at Peptides International. The chemical that leaked was hydrogen fluoride--a colorless gas that can cause respiratory damage in humans.
One employee was injured, per MetroSafe:
"One employee transported himself to the hospital, was decontaminated outside of the hospital, and has been reported in stable condition. Jeffersontown Fire Department ordered a Shelter in Place for one (1) mile of the location at 11621 Electron Drive and evacuated 300 yards of the same location. The Hazardous-Materials Team entered the building and have reported zero (0) readings within the facility and will continue testing throughout. Peptides has called in an environmental company to perform clean-up inside the lab for any residual product that may have penetrated the lab and/or facility. Fire officials remain on the scene monitoring the incident."