Chemical spill reported at local industry


COVINGTON -- The Covington Fire Department and Newton EMS were called to Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing at about 4 p.m. Thursday after 250 to 300 gallons of hydrogen peroxide spilled from a container on a loading dock.

Covington Fire Department Capt. Tony Smith said the spill was contained to the Nisshinbo property on Ga. Highway 142 and did not pose a threat to the general public.

One Nisshinbo employee was injured in the incident.

"He had burns to the lower extremities, the feet and ankles," said Smith. "He was taken by ambulance to Grady Hospital. He was in stable condition when he left here."

At about 4:40 p.m. Smith said the Fire Department was in "containment mode," making sure that the chemical was confined to the area and officials were taking the proper steps to clean up the spill.

Smith said preliminary evidence indicated that the chemical was in the process of being loaded on a trailer when the spill occurred.