Panhandle Paper Mill Explosion

Posted at 10:05 AM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 05:11:28-05

CANTONMENT, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say no one was injured when a paper mill exploded in Florida's Panhandle.

In a statement, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Eddie Elmore said some roads around the International Paper Company Plant in Cantonment remained closed Monday.

Elmore said the roads are coated with a sticky, black substance that causes skin, eye and respiratory irritations. It's unclear how long the cleanup will take.

The Pensacola News Journal ( ) reported that residents nearly 20 miles away heard the explosion Sunday evening.

Escambia County officials said all employees at the plant were accounted for.


Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal,

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