Chemical plant explodes, catches fire; wide area evacuated

AKRON (AP) — An Ohio chemical manufacturing plant has exploded and caught fire, prompting authorities to evacuate a large area around it.

Emerald Performance Materials said it evacuated the plant in Akron and notified the fire department after the Wednesday afternoon explosion. It said the cause of the blast is unknown and first responders were on the scene investigating. It said all employees had been accounted for and there had been no reported injuries.

No one was inside the plant at the time of the explosion.

Evacuations around the plant were ordered.