- Associated Press - Monday, April 17, 2017

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Officials say one person has been hospitalized after a chemical spill forced the evacuation of part of Tesla’s giant battery factory in Nevada.

Storey County emergency operations director Joe Curtis said Monday an unidentified cleaning agent in a 55-gallon barrel overturned in an isolated area near a vehicle.

Curtis said more than a half-dozen workers became ill and one was sent to a hospital as a precaution.

He says only a portion of the factory had to be evacuated and crews were working to clean up the spill.

County officials say there was never a threat to public health at the industrial park along Interstate 80 east of Reno.

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