Chemical Incident in Northallerton – locals asked to keep windows closed

3 February 2011

UPDATE Chemical incident – Northallerton 1:25pm 3 February 2011

This is an update in relation to the chemical incident at Standard Way in Northallerton earlier today. Following a joint operation by North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the incident has now been brought to a safe conclusion.

UPDATE Chemical Incident – Northallerton 10:30am 3 February 2011

North Yorkshire Police and Fire and Rescue were called at 6:15 this morning (3 Feb) to an incident at 3M on the Standard Way Industrial Estate in Northallerton.

Fumes containing a mild irritant have leaked from the premises following a reaction between some of the chemicals used in processes carried out by the business.

Police and fire officers would like to stress that while there is no risk of harm to the public, anyone living in the vicinity of the industrial estate should remain indoors and keep their windows closed as a precaution.

There is a 400 meter cordon around the building and the A167 – the Northallerton to Darlington Road – was closed.

However, the road is due to reopen shortly.

Police would like to stress the importance of keeping the traffic flow moving and will police will patrol the A167 to ensure no motorists or members of the public stop in the area of the industrial estate.

The chemical incident is under control and we expect to have the industrial estate reopened this afternoon.


Incident in Northallerton 3rd February 2011 North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are currently attending a chemical incident at Standard Way industrial Estate in Northallerton after receiving a call at 0557hrs.

The incident was made up to make pumps 10 for additional gas tight suits, but is now being scaled down. Approximately 600 litres of adhesive in a container which is overheating due to a chemical reaction is causing some vaporisation.

Crews are cooling the container reducing the effect.

Crews are working with other agencies and specialist advisors.

A 400m cordoned is in place at this time, and this is causing disruption to traffic in the area. Although the risk to health is thought to be low, residents in the nearby area are advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

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