SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A shelter-in-place was lifted at 10:11 Wednesday morning in Kanawha County following a chemical leak at the Clearon plant in South Charleston. 

Kanawha County Metro 911 and emergency management said there was a release a chlorinated dry bleach at about 8:30 a.m.

A shelter-in-place alert originally was issued for the Spring Hill community of South Charleston, from the Mound west, Dunbar and North Charleston.

Founded in 1995, Clearon Corp. produces dry bleach tablets and biocides used for water treatment in swimming pools, spas and sanitizers.

An investigation into what caused the leak and how much material was released was underway.


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  • mtnmanstan

    Houses can be deodorized and automobiles can be reaired. Hopefully the employees and first responders are safe and unharmed.

  • Devan

    I ain't got time for that!

  • Brian

    I appreciate the abundance of caution shown by the Fire Depts and other response personnel for the public's safety. As always, I think there are some lessons to be learned and improvements that can be made. I hope the responsible entities will undertake an appropriate review of the public notification process.

  • Mike

    I have some words for you Nw but I will hold them as I'm sure there are god fearing people that read this material.

  • Nw

    Correction. You're.

  • Nw

    Wixchee your stupid and should stay inside. And good job Mike for turning this into a political convo. Your the idiot.

  • SoCH

    If any Clearon employees or Charleston emergency response personnel read this, I'd like to thank you for detecting and repairing the leak so quickly.

    These plants provide a tremendous economic benefit to the Charleston area and accidents will happen. As long as they're properly reported/cleaned up and measures are taken to help prevent similar incidents in the future, I don't think we can ask much more of them.

  • Mike

    Sue happy SOB's are what ruin this state anyway. Go ahead and sue and why your at it vote for Obama and the rest of his gang while your at. By the sounds of it your a mailbox check cashier so have it. You have nothing to worry about. I'm sure your Pres will re-imburse you your $328.00. What a damn idiot.

  • DonaldH

    Oh my gosh!! Kent Carper will be trying to shut yet another chemical plant down...

  • Wixcheew

    The dipwads should have their
    plant in operating condition and
    hire people with more than two brain cells. I have things to do and
    don't have time to waste staying
    inside This has happened before
    One time there were fatalities and millions in damages to
    metal trim on cars and physical
    injuries. The house smelled of
    bleach for days ( chlorine gas leak)
    Either fix it or get out of Dodge!!!
    I have appointments that I have to go to that must be canceled the day
    before or you pay anyway! Guess who gets to pay the price? Clearon
    will owe me the full cost of $328.00
    Too bad for them and that does not
    include court cost, attorneys, and
    interest. That could reach over $1200.00 If that shelter thing cancels me I will sue!!!!!

    • Tin

      I'm sure they had a leak just to ruin your day. At least you showed concern for the workers and emergency crews as they try to correct the error.

      (also, shelter in place is lifted so go ahead and continue with your all important day)