Several roads in Whitfield County in northwest Georgia ended up closed Monday while Dalton police and fire crews responded to a chemical reaction at a chemical plant.

The incident, which occurred before 7:30 a.m. at the MFG Chemical plant in Dalton, GA, was a chemical reaction, said Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier.

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Frazier said the chemical involved is an irritant but is not poisonous, and one person on the scene had to be decontaminated and transported to WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell after inhaling the chemical.

The chemical could be smelled from nearby U.S. 41, but officials did not shut down the highway.

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MFG develops and manufactures of a range of chemicals including polymers, surfactants, esters, and other specialty chemicals.

The company issued a statement saying:
“At about 6:00 AM today a minor chemical release occurred at MFG Chemical in Dalton GA. The release was contained within the MFG building.

“Professional cleanup is underway; there is no threat to public safety.

“The cause of the release is under investigation.”

Dalton is about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta.

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