Residents of Walkerburn, Scotland, are being warned not to handle debris from a chemical factory explosion and fire Friday morning that sent two people to the hospital.
“Debris from the incident has been distributed into neighboring residential areas in the vicinity of Caberston Road, which we believe includes roof tiles which may contain asbestos,” a post to the Scottish Border Council website states.
Responders were dispatched to Rathburn Chemicals after the first report of the disaster at about 6:45 p.m.
“As a result of advice received from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, we closed Walkerburn Primary School due to its proximity to the incident location, as well as the A72 road which has since reopened,” the council website reports.
A number of households were evacuated as well as a precaution. Also, help was provided for 26 people removed from a rest home. All were allowed to return home at lunchtime.
“A risk assessment is being carried out, however we believe that the risk to the public is very low due to the type of material involved,” the website states.