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Heritage Thermal Services: 'No cause for concern' after ash explosion

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - Heritage Thermal Services found, in initial test results of ash that spewed from the factory July 13, that "there is no cause for concern at this time."

Officials with the company say ash fell off the wall of a 44-foot-long kiln during routine incineration processes in the plant causing an explosion that sent a large cloud of ash drifting over the east end area of the city.

Residents tell 21 News the ash cloud appeared to reach hundreds of feet into the air and came down like a sheet of rain on the neighborhood.

Company spokesman Raymond Wayne says the company is working with state and federal environmental protection agencies to determine what the ash contained.

In a statement the company released Thursday evening, Wayne said ash samples are being analyzed for the presence of 23 different compounds including toxic metals arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury.

A report of findings is expected to take about a month to complete.

Wayne says the plant is now in a previously scheduled shutdown for maintenance, which will last until the end of the month.

In the meantime, Heritage Thermal Services set up an 800 call-in line for concerned citizens and the company is also offering free car washes for those affected by the ash.

The call center can be reached at 1-800-343-1984 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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