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UPDATED: PTC plant evacuated after sulfur odor is reported

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — Reports of a sulfur smell in the Avery Dennison Corp. plant on Ga. Highway 74 South in Peachtree City June 27 led to the temporary evacuation of up to 90 employees and a portion of the facility but no definitive answer as to the cause of the smell.

The Peachtree City Fire Department initially received reports of a sulfur smell coming from one area in the facility, according to Chief Ed Eiswerth. The department initiated a HazMat assessment and, with the assistance of technicians from Fayetteville and Fayette County, conducted a walk-through of the facility.

The investigation focused on the smell of sulfur emanating from one particular area that included drain lines that lead to the sewer system, Eiswerth said, adding that none of the sensors used in the facility had been activated.

Certain portions of the plant were evacuated and two employees were transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital based on their complaints, Eiswerth said.

Eiswerth at approximately 4 p.m. said the unaffected employees from the area under investigation had been sent home while others had been allowed to re-enter the plant.

HazMat staff were unable to identify any hazardous materials on-site. Crews ventilated the area and turned the building over to management by 4:30 p.m.

Avery Dennison manufactures pressure-sensitive materials, self-adhesive materials and self-adhesive consumer and office products. The Peachtree City plant makes adhesive backings for the labels.

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EARLIER ONLINE REPORT —

Reports of a sulfur smell in the Avery Dennison Corp. plant on Ga. Highway 74 South in Peachtree City June 27 led to the temporary evacuation of a portion of the facility but no definitive answer as to the cause of the smell.

The Peachtree City Fired Dept. initially received reports of a sulfur smell coming from one area in the facility, according to Chief Ed Eiswerth. The department initiated a HazMat assessment and, with the assistance of technicians from Fayetteville and Fayette County, conducted a walk-through of the facility.

The investigation focused on the smell of sulfur emanating from one particular area that included drain lines that lead to the sewer system, Eiswerth said, adding that none of the sensors used in the facility had been activated.

Certain portions of the plant were evacuated and two employees were transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital based on their complaints, Eiswerth said.
Eiswerth at approximately 4 p.m. said the unaffected employees from the area under investigation had been sent home while others had been allowed to re-enter the plant.

The cause of the smell was still under investigation during the late afternoon hours.

Avery Dennison manufactures pressure-sensitive materials, self-adhesive materials and self-adhesive consumer and office products.

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Comments

Robert W. Morgan's picture

about 3:30. I assume that is what caused the problem. Is he ok?

Live free or die!

I was wondering what was going on when I drove past, and curious about what part of making labels would require hazmat suits. I am glad they didn't have a Photocircuits type of emergency there! Those of you who lived here in the late 80s may remember that mess.

Just like the heavy-metal and chlorine pollution of the late 80's at Photocircuits, you will NOT hear about what it was! (correctly, anyway).

Soon, the Photocircuits buildings will collapse from corrosion and we will have to have a serious hazardous clean-up! The comnpanies who owned them are bankrupt! We will now pay!

Ask a few former Mayors what they know about this? (NOOTHINGG, I know notthiing).

Brer Rabbit's picture

Thanks for your concern. Everyone is fine and it looks like sewer gas was to blame. It did look like a circus outside, but the local emergency responders did an outstanding job ensuring our safety and we cannot thank them enough. Many of us were evacuated due to the Photocircuits incident many years back and remember it well. Thankfully, there is nothing hazardous here.

BHH's picture

sewer gas escaped.

The water in unused or infrequently used drain traps will evaporate in a short period in the summer time.

This lets gas into the building from the sewer system.

Or someone played a practical joke with a stink bomb vial.

The area south of there on hwy 74 almost always has a foul smell.

It may have just drifted that way.

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