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Archdale neighborhoods evacuated after chemical reaction at A&D Environmental

ARCHDALE, N.C. -- Multiple neighborhoods were evacuated after a chemical reaction at an Archdale environmental plant Monday evening.

The reaction was reported at 5:39 p.m. at A&D Environmental Services, located at 2718 Uwharrie Road. It initially came out as a fire/hazmat call.

Residents of Circle Drive, Circle Drive Extension, Bowen Drive and a portion of Uwharrie Road were told to evacuate because of the reaction, according to High Point Fire Department firefighters on the scene.

Glenn Clapp, manager of the City of High Point Office of Emergency Management, said the reaction happened when sodium bicarbonate, which was in a covered area outside of the building, reacted with an unknown chemical and caused a vapor to go into the air.

Clapp said the vapor could be potentially harmful so about 35 homes in the area were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Air quality testing was done in neighborhoods and there was nothing harmful found, Clapp said.

Crews cleaned up the scene and loaded the sodium bicarbonate into a truck.

Shawn King, spokesperson for A&D Environmental, said sodium bicarbonate is a standard chemical they work with and that this was a very out of the ordinary occurrence.

King said he was appreciative of the quick response by emergency crews.

Trindale Community Church, located at 5934 Surrett Drive, was set up as the emergency shelter for evacuated residents. Residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday.

The Guil-Rand Fire Department responded to the scene with the High Point Fire Department assisting.

No injures have been reported.

For the latest updates, call (336) 318-6895.