Crews battle large fire at Adams County chemical plant


HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – More than 200 firefighters are on the scene of a massive fire at a chemical plant just outside Hanover.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. at Miller Chemical on Radio Road in Conewago Township, Adams County.

A large plume of thick, black smoke could be seen for miles around the plant. Officials said the smoke was not hazardous, but may bother people with lung conditions.

People living within a mile of the plant were told to shelter in place. They were advised to close their windows and shut off their ventilation systems.

Hazmat teams spent the early morning hours monitoring the air to make sure it was safe.

Businesses near the scene along Route 94 were asked to close earlier in the morning, but many have since opened.

Several explosions were heard at the scene. No one was inside the building when the fire started and no injuries were reported.

A fire chief says homes would have been evacuated if winds shifted and pushed smoke their way. He said residential fertilizer was inside the plant.

A Department of Environmental Protection representative on the scene said drinking water quality in the area was not affected.

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