Rolls-Royce plant evacuated after acid spill

At least nine people were treated for injuries after an acid spill at a Rolls-Royce plant Friday afternoon.

Rolls-Royce Plant 5, located at 2355 S. Tibbs Ave., was evacuated after an explosion was reported around 1:30 p.m. Officials said a 250-gallon nitric acid tank leaked, causing the explosion.

Capt. Mike Pruitt, with Wayne Township Fire Department, said there was a nitric acid spill at the location and a chemical cloud inside the building. Rolls-Royce VP of Communications Joel P. Reuter confirmed that a "nitric acid escape" had occurred on the manufacturing shop floor.

Seven Rolls-Royce employees were treated at IU Methodist Hospital, one was treated at Eskenazi health and one was treated on the scene, officials said. All nine were in stable condition.

Reuter said an investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the acid escape.

The plant's second shift was canceled for Friday.

Watch RTV6 and refresh this page for updates.

Print this article Back to Top