City, Ill. (AP) -- Officials say a
chemical at north-central Illinois
plant is smoldering after a water-reactive agent used to fumigate soybeans
likely got wet during overnight storms.
Patti Thompson is a
spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Emergency Management. She says
Precision Soya officials alerted the state this morning about the incident in
the village of Piper City.
Thompson says a
two-block area around the plant has been evacuated and a hazardous material
team from Champaign
is heading to the scene. A nearby school district in Kempton canceled all
classes for the day. The district's junior high school is across the street
from the plant.
A message was left with the company's headquarters in Indiana.
is in Ford County and has about 830 residents.