Area near petrochemical plant evacuated

May 29, 2011 8:54:11 PM PDT
An incident at a petrochemical plant in southwest suburban Morris forced a number of people to evacuate their homes Sunday.

It happened at the Equistar Chemicals plant. The Chicago Tribune reports that a power outage caused concerns that a tanker might explode.

Grundy County emergency officials said people within a 1.8 mile radius of the plant were ordered to leave. They've since been allowed to return to their homes.

A company spokesperson said the cause of the power outage was being investigated but early reports indicated it might have been the result of the stormy weather.

No one was hurt.

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