Heritage Thermal Services: 'No cause for concern' after ash expl - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

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

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:03:01 GMT
    A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight.More >>
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his...More >>
  • Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

    Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:56:55 GMT
    COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard. Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette. The village is about 80 miles east of Columbus. Welker and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a n...More >>
    COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard. Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette. The village is about 80 miles east of Columbus. Welker and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a n...More >>
  • More than 500 migrant children sent to Pa.

    More than 500 migrant children sent to Pa.

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:31:15 GMT
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with ...More >>
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms