TX plant explosion brings back memories of fertilizer spill in Chesapeake

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by Cleve Bryan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 8:02 PM

CHESAPEAKE - The West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion has some Chesapeake residents flashing back to the fertilizer disaster in their back yards.

In 2008, about 2 million gallons of liquid fertilizer, ammonium nitrate, spilled when a storage tank collapsed at Allied Terminals in South Hill. People had to leave their homes, which sit only several hundred yards away from the industrial site.

"All I could think of is that we'd all be dead if one of those tanks exploded," says Chakeeta Rivers, who lives on Banks Street.

In October 2010, about 2,000 gallons of chemical fertilizer spilled at Allied, but no evacuations were needed.

Rivers and other residents tried unsuccessfully to get money from the city to move away from South Hill, which consists of several dozen homes surrounded by Interstate 464 and industrial land.

Click here for 13News coverage of the Allied Terminals story.

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