- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died following a chemical tank explosion at a fertilizer plant in southwest Georgia.

Bainbridge Public Safety officer Jerry Carter says the explosion occurred around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Liquid Transfer Terminals in Bainbridge. Carter says the 1 million-gallon chemical tank contained sodium chlorite liquid solution.

Carter says emergency crews ordered about 50 to 100 people to evacuate from within a half-mile radius of the chemical explosion. He says no harmful gases were reported in the air, but a carbon layer was burning.

Bainbridge community affairs spokeswoman Julie Harris says all Decatur County elementary schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

No other injuries have been reported.

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